Former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s infamous debate claim that he had “binders full of women” appears to be real, and the Boston Globe has obtained them, the paper reported Tuesday.
“Remember Mitt Romney’s ‘binders full of women?’ They’re real. And we got them,” reads the Boston Globe headline.
The binders were given to the paper by a Romney aide.
The Globe reports the two binders are large, weighing more than 15 pounds and filled with more than 200 cover letters and resumes.
Romney touted the binders after debate moderator Candy Crowley asked him about equality in the workplace in a pivotal second presidential debate in October 2012 against former President Obama.
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
Democrats and many in media immediately mocked Romney for being out of touch with challenges facing women in the workplace.
“It was a response to a desire on the part of the Romney administration to access a pool of talent,” Linda Rossetti, who was employed by the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project at the time, told the Globe. “They drummed up what was an inelegant way to get at this pool of talent.”
At the time, Romney pointed to a survey that found Massachusetts “had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state.”
Politifact rated the claim as “mostly true.”
The 70-year-old Romney is reportedly considering running for the Senate in his home state of Utah.