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Mom Ann Romney 'hasn't worked a day'April 12, 2012 @ 4:52 am (Updated: 1:57 pm - 4/12/12 )
UPDATE 4/12 1:55 Rosen apologizes
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen apologized this afternoon for saying Ann Romney "has actually never worked a day in her life."
"I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance," she said in a statement to CNN.
Here's the full statement:
Let's put the faux "war against stay at home moms" to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his lack of a record on the plight of women's financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."
Original story below:
Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, started a Twitter account last night to respond to a comment that she "hadn't worked a day in her life."
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, on CNN, said "What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying 'Well ya know, my wife tells me that what women really care about is economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing.' Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life."
Romney was a stay at home mom. Apparently to Rosen, that's not working.
Rosen also said Ann Romney has never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids? How do we send them to school? And why we worry about their future.
Ann Romney opened a Twitter account, and through a series of tweets she responded to Rosen.
"Mom of five boys. Grandmother of 16. I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work," says Romney.
Rather than backing down, Rosen herself then took to the social media site, responding directly to Ann Romney through her Twitter account .
"I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't you?"
"Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy."
"Oh and welcome to Twitter. You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!"
By LINDA THOMAS
Ann Romney photo courtesy her new Twitter account @AnnDRomney
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