UAlbany mentioned by Romney in presidential debate
President Obama and Governor Romney went head to head Tuesday night in their second debate. It was a town hall style-setting at Hofstra University on Long Island. And while many people on social media were talking about the contentious nature of the showdown, it was a local mention that had people in the Capital Region buzzing. Our Erin Connolly explains.
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ALBANY, N.Y. --Well, it was an interesting 90 minutes to say the least, but the highlight of the presidential debate for many people in our area was when Mitt Romney mentioned a study conducted by the University at Albany.
Romney said, ''I went to a number of women's groups and said, can you help us find folks? They brought us whole binders full of women. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my cabinet and my senior staff that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states and concluded that mine had more women in senior positions than any other state in America.''
When asked a question about equal pay for women in Tuesday night's debate, Romney referred to a 2004 report by the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at UAlbany. Romney stated he made an effort to include women in staff positions while he was the governor of Massachusetts. While some say they wished Romney had said the name of the University correctly, they were still pleased to be mentioned.
Dina Refki, the executive director of the UAlbany CWGCS, said, ''It's very exciting for UAlbany to play that role on the national and hopefully global stage. And it underscores the quality of the work, the research and the education that UAlbany provides, and we're really proud of all the work that has been done here.''
The study found 54.5 percent of people Romney appointed as top advisors were women. Fifty percent of the people he appointed to department heads were also women. Those numbers were well above the national and regional averages.
Refki said, "When we see people who look like us, who represent us, we have more public confidence in government, more public confidence in these institutions, and we tend to view these institutions as credible and legitimate institutions.''
And UAlbany students were also very excited to get the shout out from Romney.
UAlbany student Michelle Walton said, ''I think it brings up our degree value in this economy when applying for jobs and graduate schools.''
UAlbany student Richard Pino said, ''I was really excited, and it was very interesting he would mention us. It was a good study that supported him, and it's good for his campaign.''
And while Refki says both Obama and Romney both have good records in regards to putting women in leadership positions, she says looking at their overall plans is critical when casting your vote.
Refki said, ''We really emphasize the complexity of the picture. Yes balanced representation and leadership is important, but it's also equally important to pay attention to all the issues that affect women and where the candidates stand on these issues.''
Obama and Romney will square off again Monday night. That final debate will take place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. We'll carry that live on YNN.