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McCain Opposes Equal Pay Law

By Juliet Eilperin
NEW ORLEANS -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who skipped a Senate vote seeking equal pay for women last night in order to campaign for president, said he opposed the measure because it would prompt a flood of lawsuits.

Senate Republicans defeated the bill yesterday on a vote of 56 to 42, by blocking a full debate and vote on the bill. Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) both returned to Washington in order to support the measure, which is aimed at responding to a recent Supreme Court decision that sets a deadline on how quickly workers must sue over pay discrimination. The presumptive GOP nominee is visiting poor communities throughout the nation, including towns in Alabama and Appalachia; today he toured New Orleans' Ninth Ward.

"I am all in favor of pay equity for women, but this kind of legislation, as is typical of what's being proposed by my friends on the other side of the aisle, opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems," McCain told reporters yesterday. "This is government playing a much, much greater role in the business of a private enterprise system."

Democrats named the measure after Lilly Ledbetter, a supervisor at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s plant in Gadsden, Ala., who lost the Supreme Court case. After working at the plant for 19 years, by the time she retired she was making $6,500 less than the lowest-paid male supervisor.

Several Democrats, including Clinton, criticized McCain for opposing the bill. "Senator McCain has yet again fallen in line with President Bush while middle-class families are falling by the wayside," she said in a statement after the Senate vote. "Women are earning less, but Senator McCain is offering more of the same."

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 24, 2008; 2:11 PM ET
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I read an extended version of this article on John McCain opposes the Equal Pay bill. He's against the bill requiring equal pay for women because he feels it will bring more lawsuits.

McCain feels there are better ways for women to find better paying jobs, and he actually made a comment to the reporters regarding women saying: "They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else. And it's hard for them to leave their families when they don't have somebody to take care of them."

He is actually implying that women don't get paid as much as their male co-workers because they are less educated and lack training. I know plenty of women who are equally or better educated than the men they work with, and the women still get paid less.

It's a shame that a man running for President of this country had the audacity to tell the world that he thinks women are inferior to men. I can only imagine what he'll do and say if he wins the election, and I'm not looking forward to it.

Posted by: Beth Domanski | April 29, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Women can have equality in the workplace when and if,Men get equality in the courthouse.

Posted by: Daniel Kesner | April 28, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

You people just need to swallow the fact that women are not equal. Period. That's the way it has always been, is and will be for ever. I can't understand why you are surprised... digest it.

Posted by: Rat Pack. | April 27, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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What bothers me is the calculated American use of gas. Have you for gotten that America pays about 100 dollars a gallon for the military in Iraq. Could be wrong? Tell-me for those tanks use a heck of a lot of gas.

Posted by: justada55 | April 26, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Lawsuits are bad. Just because it is a suit to protect the fundamental equality that our nation was founded on (in spirit... yes I realize that women were property in 1776), doesn't mean that we should have a proliferation of lawsuits. Pretty soon you would have people suing companies for poisoning their water, or for building unsafe products, or suing when people cheat on contracts. If you are female, you should go read the Goodyear-Ledbetter case, and then consider the conservative party platform. Bush appointed the tie-breaking votes into the supreme court. Just think, if not for Bush, these frivolous law suits would be all over the place...

Posted by: Reason | April 25, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Is anybody surprised? Good news is that he will flip-flop in another week so just wait it out.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 24, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Of course, he does. He's a regressive

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Posted by: . | April 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's change the situation, but not by much:

"I firmly oppose armed robbery. However, passing laws making it illegal to perform armed robbery would lead to a massive amount of court cases and arrests, which would place undue burden on the robbers and the court system. I think we should let the free market work this out. For instance, if someone is the victim of armed robbery, they can leave their neighborhood for a better one where armed robbery does not occur."

Ladies and Gentlemen, the McCain doctrine.

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Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a man with no money worries. When you inherit your money, you don't need to be paid equally.

Posted by: Sueb | April 24, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain must not want to win or walk..everytime he opens his mouth...he shoot his self in the foot....

Posted by: lucygirl1 | April 24, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Take note women...McCain says he cant do the right thing for women because it will cost too much. What does that tell you?

Posted by: dude | April 24, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

How out of touch can one old chap be? He was right when he admitted he was a little out of touch with economic issues.

Isn't Old Straight Talk traveling through impoverished areas of the country trying to reassure people he is a different kind of Republican?

Sadly Senator McCain must think we are not only physically going bankrupt, but have bankrupted our ability to cogently sift through his campaign rhetoric. Pity.

Posted by: mlanthier | April 24, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It sure is a Good thing Goodyear OWNED her!

Dang! Imagine if Firestone would have been able to pay her what she thinks she should have been getting, and took her away!

But, Wait!...

They CAN, and Could of now couldn't they!

Want Union Work?-Join a Union!

Otherwise Ms. Ledbetter;

YOU, are FREE to move about "The Workforce"! ;~)

Damn Shame all those Congressmen could not have bothered addressing the Employment of People underbidding Legal Workers, because the Criminal Employers are getting away with Destroying our Economy with an UN-FAIR Practice!

Posted by: RAT-The | April 24, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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