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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hilary Rosen apologizes to Ann Romney

The political “war on women” turned personal on Thursday as Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney took their dispute over stay-at-home moms to the airwaves in dueling TV appearances that only added more fuel to the fire over women’s career choices.

In the wake of Rosen’s jab Wednesday night that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” the candidate’s wife said on Fox News that she made a “career choice” to be a stay-at-home mother and joked that Rosen “should’ve come to my house when those five boys were causing so much trouble. It wasn’t so easy.” (Continues)


The Democratic strategist and frequent White House visitor who created a firestorm Wednesday evening when she said Ann Romney “had never worked a day in her life” apologized Thursday afternoon.

“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,” Hilary Rosen, a CNN contributor, said in a statement. “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.”

Rosen said Wednesday evening  that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife was not qualified to advise her husband on the economic issues facing American women because she lacks real-world experience.

“What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues’ and, ‘When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing,’” Rosen said on Anderson Cooper 360. “Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we — why we worry about their future.’” (Continues)

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