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Nicolle Wallace: Equal Pay Dishonesty Sets 'Women Back'

By Aaron Stern   |   Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 07:38 PM

Democrats have succeeded in painting Republicans as opponents of pay equality between men and women, and it's time for the GOP to fight back, says Nicolle Wallace.

"What I would love to see Republicans do would be to get out of the defensive crouch, say 'of course we're for paying two human beings the same amount of money for doing the same [work] — that's the law of the land. And to really call [Democrats] to the carpet for politicizing and demagoguing [the] issue," the former communications chief for President George W. Bush said on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Democrats have succeeded in making Republicans appear to be against equal pay for men and women by overstating the pay gap between men and women performing the same full-time jobs even as the White House has been exposed for discrepancies in the salaries it pays its male and female staffers, Wallace said. But, she said, it is absurd to think that conservatives actually believe men and women should be paid differently because of their gender.

"Now if you ask every Republican whether two human beings who do the same job should get paid the same amount of money, every Republican on the planet would say yes," Wallace said. But Republicans on Capitol Hill have fallen victim to their politicized environs and have become strangely defensive about an issue that they ideologically support, she said.

"The Republicans have to stop falling for the shenanigans that the Democrats are serving us," she said.

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Instead of fighting Democrats on this issue, Republicans need to go on the offensive by highlighting their plans to promote business and by showing the ways that Obamacare is hurting small businesses and families.

"Women make up the largest number of small business owners in this country. Republicans could make a lot of headway with women by talking about their agenda for small businesses in this country," she said. "Small businesses are getting killed by Obamacare and Republicans should really get themselves back on offense and put this issue to bed."

If Democrats think they are helping women by politicizing the equal pay issue, Wallace says they're wrong.

"We set women back when we have these conversations that are politically dishonest, and it's beyond ironic that's it's a male president using the politics of women in a way that is more unseemly than anyone in either party has ever done in political history," she said.

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