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08 April 2014

Carter Repeats Claim Refuted as Mostly False by PolitiFact to Score Points with Georgia's Women

Tuesday afternoon, presumptive Democrat gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter tweeted the following on Twitter:

The tweet sounds great, and it's intended to score points with Georgia's women. However, the tweet posted by Carter simply isn't true.

In 2012, Barack Obama's campaign made the same claim in an advertisement.

"The son of a single mom, proud father of two daughters, President Obama knows that women being paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men isn't just unfair, it hurts families. So the first law he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help ensure that women are paid the same as men for doing the exact same work. Because President Obama knows that fairness for women means a stronger middle class for America."

Here's the ad:

Obama for America TV Ad: "First Law"

PolitiFact reviewed the Obama commercial and said, "the Obama ad takes a solid statistic and describes it incorrectly. The campaign is wrong to say that the 77-cent figure describes the pay differences between men and women 'doing the same work.'

"The Obama campaign took a legitimate statistic and described it in a way that makes it sound much more dramatic than it actually is. The 77-cent figure is real, but it does not factor in occupations held, hours worked or length of tenure. Describing that statistic as referring to the pay for women "doing the same work as men" earns it a rating of Mostly False" [Jacobson (21 June 2012). Barack Obama ad says women are paid "77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men". PolitiFact. Retrieved on 8 April 2014.].

Despite PolitiFact's ruling, the Carter campaign repeated the claim.