Weekends with Alex Witt | March 03, 2013
>>> governor chris christie , consider yourself warned. democratic women 's pac emily ice list says it is putting the popular new jersey governor onnitis for what it calls his appalling anti- women and anti-family record. joining me is studio is president of emily 's list. welcome. so glad you're here.
>> thrilled to be here, alex. thank you so much.
>> what has put this governor on notice?
>> i'll tell you, you know, we're starting with the state that is 48th in unemployment. let's just start there right off the bat. this is not someone who has really led on economic jobs and taxes. in fact, you know, we realize that he's very popular at the moment. but you look underneath those poll numbers, and he is upsidedown on the economy, jobs, and taxes. this election is going to be about the economy.
>> now, his team, we should say, was unavailable for comment. however, here's the statement that we did get which was, from a campaign aide, we always anticipated that partisan big money washington, d.c., groups would come into new jersey in an attempt to distort the governor's record. the people of new jersey won't be fooled by partisan washington groups that distort the facts to promote their big government agendas. i'm sure you want to respond to that.
>> i mean, emily 's list is a community of women and good men who believe that where we're going to get progressive policies for the future of our country is by electing good, strong democratic women to office. it is as simple as that. we're looking for, you know, advancing women 's leadership. and helping women achieve all they can achieve. as we look at this, we have a lot of members in new jersey as we do coast to coast . and he's really got to answer the questions to the women of new jersey , for instance, why he's vetoed equal pay a number of times.
>> this a governor who has not stood on the side of women and families at all.
>> here's who you are standing behind in the race. and that is barbara bouno, state senator. what is it you like about her record?
>> she's just fantastic. this is a mother of six.
>> wow. right there.
>> exactly. right? we need a lot more of women just like that. who has, you know, raised a family in new jersey . she's the first woman to serve as the senate majority leader in the state of new jersey . which is incredible in and of itself. comes from working class background. you know, which is just fantastic. her mom was a teacher. this is someone who really understands what working families in new jersey are going through. and she's going to make a great, great governor.
>> yeah. now, you talked about governor christie's popularity right now. if you look at the poll numbers right now taking a snapshot, you have a major uphill climb here. she's about 40 points behind in the polls.
>> that's right. we don't go into this lightly. we realize that he's incredibly, incredibly popular right now. because folks like his schtick on late night tv. the truth is underneath it, it's about the economy. and the economy in new jersey is not where people need it to be for the future. this campaign is just starting. we've got until november to make this case. and i am confident this race is going to get very, very close and very interesting before the end of it.
>> well, with emily 's list behind them i'm sure there'll be a lot of success and lot of movement. i want to quickly ask you about yahoo! ceo martha mire. all you moms that are part timers or dads working from home you've got to work in at the office and work at the company. some say it's unfair for the working moms who don't have her resources. she was able to build a nursery next to her office for her own kids. some say, look, it's simple business. if you want to run an efficient company you've got to do it all under the same roof there. what's your stance on this?
>> well, the one thing i have to say here, i've been reading all of this, too, and watching this unfold. what i don't like about it is that everybody's made it about marissa. the truth is, the real conversation we need to be having in this country is that there's no system for child care in this country. for corporate america , for government. there's nothing set up to help working families on this issue. that's usually at the core of it what we're talking about. and so what i would like to say to everybody is, like, let's step back. there is only a handful of women ceos of fortune 500 companies. which in and of itself is a shame in this country. we've got corporate boards who are very, very short women . my goodness. we're lucky if there's three women on a corporate board these days. we have a lot of work to do. but the truth is just like we do in government, we need to get more women 's voices in these discussions. we need to come up with solutions of how we're going to take care of our children for working families . that's what this conversation should be about.
>> you make a good point. people should logon to emily 's list. list.org. check it out.
>>> thank you so much.