Romney’s ‘binders full of women’ are real binders after all

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver, in Denver. Republican presidential candidates seem to be drawing this lesson from Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 campaign, don’t promise to balance the budget while cutting taxes. Romney’s vow led Democrats to accuse him of planning to effectively raise middle class taxes while dramatically cutting those for the wealthy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

BOSTON (AP) — It turns out Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” are actual binders after all — filled with the resumes of women who hoped to land jobs in his administration.

The Boston Globe reports Tuesday that it was shown the binders by a former Romney aide. The two white three-ring binders contain about 200 cover letters and resumes with some handwritten notes.

The former Republican presidential nominee made the awkward reference during a 2012 debate in response to a question about workplace inequality. The women in question were seeking work in Romney’s administration when he was governor of Massachusetts.

The comment quickly became a punchline.

Romney’s name has been floated as a possible candidate for U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat if the seven-term Utah Republican decides against seeking re-election next year.

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