(Think Progress) -- Last night’s presidential debate marked the second time that President Obama and Mitt Romney faced off against each other, but the first time that the topics covered focused on issues that pertain to women, who did not get a single mention in the first debate in Denver. Obama has traditionally led female voters, particularly on his policies on contraception and abortion. Last night’s debate seemed to follow that pattern, as Romney made several blunders to served to alienate himself from women and women’s issues:
1) Refusing to speak out in support of equal pay for women. When directly asked a question about pay equity from a member of the audience, Romney dodged the question — just like his campaign has avoided clarifying whether Romney supports specific pieces of legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act or the Paycheck Fairness Act that would address the fact that the average woman in the United States makes just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. “If Romney was truly concerned about women in this economy, he’d take a stand against paycheck discrimination. Instead, he has remained silent and refused to speak out for equal pay for women and their families,” Lilly Ledbetter herself said in a statement released after the debate.