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Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen Under Fire For Ann Romney Comments: VIDEO


Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist who's also a CNN commentator, found herself roundly criticized for comments she made about Mitt Romney's wife Ann on Anderson Cooper 360 last night.

Insisting that Romney's "old-fashioned" on women's rights, and entirely dependent on his wife for policy points, Rosen wondered whether Mrs. Romney was the best advisor on such issues because, according to working mother Rosen, "[Ann Romney] has actually never worked a day in her life."

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.' Guess what? His wife has actually never 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 why do we worry about their future.

Ann Romney or one of her staffers must have been watching, because it didn't take long before the potential first lady joined Twitter specifically to blast back, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." Son Josh Romney also piled on, say his mother is "the smartest, hardest working woman I know"

Democrats too seem perturbed by Rosen's remarks. David Axelrod, President Obama's senior adviser, said he was "disappointed in Hilary Rosen's comment," which he also described as "inappropriate and offensive." And Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama's reelection effort, had this to say: "Families must be off limits on campaigns, and I personally believe stay at home moms work harder than most of us do."

Campaign manager Jim Messina also took some time to criticize Rosen, and his response may be the most harsh: "I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize."

Rosen has been trying to explain herself over the past few hours, writing first on Twitter, "When I said @AC360 Ann Romney never worked I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women!" She then went on, further defending herself against Mrs. Romney's tweet: "I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't u?"

Then, to Mrs. Romney herself, Rosen wrote: "Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy."

Watch Rosen's original comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Ms. Rosen - don't back down.

    Posted by: Markt | Apr 12, 2012 8:39:19 AM

  2. If you live in the spotlight of politics, you must choose your words carefully, as Ms. Rosen now knows.

    A bit of humility goes a loooong way, and lest you forget, this fight is not about you.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Apr 12, 2012 8:45:41 AM

  3. Totally fair point, Ms. Rosen. If the Democrats make every point off limits they will lose, and deserve it.

    Posted by: Pippi | Apr 12, 2012 8:47:21 AM

  4. Instead of people talking about why Romney has no appeal with women, they are talking about you.

    Way to go, Rosen.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Apr 12, 2012 8:48:14 AM

  5. just because you're right doesn't mean it's wise to say it.

    Posted by: DTij | Apr 12, 2012 8:54:52 AM

  6. She has managed in her own incredibly stupid way to now make Mrs. Romney into a victim of the "radical left" and also into a sympathetic character. She needs to apologize and learn to speak carefully. I'm sure the Obama campaign is furious, as they well should be.

    Posted by: milpert | Apr 12, 2012 8:55:52 AM

  7. Hilary Rosen comes under fire for her comments on Ann Romney because families are supposed to be off limits . . . but if Romney is basing what he thinks he knows about women on what his wife tells him about women, citing his wife as an authority on working women then not only do I think she becomes fair game, but I think Hilary Rosen has a point. Far worse has been said by republicans about Michelle Obama AND her children . . . inaccurate and untrue things.

    That is not the case with Ann Romney.

    Just because Ann Romney made the decision to stay at home and raise the kids of her husband, are we seriously expected to believe that Thurston Howell III, aka, Mitt Romney's wife, Mrs. Thurston Howell, has any more of a clue to the ins and outs of the ordinary house wife, than her clueless husband who has shown no demonstrable understanding of the day-to-day realities of the normal human being?

    Personally I am sick of a system where only millionaires can be elected to the highest positions of power in our country, that elections are bought. And I am sick of the millions upon million of dollars spent every two years while people sleep under bridges, go without food, and where insurance companies make medical decisions.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 8:58:06 AM

  8. She phrased it in such a way that she left herself open for attack, BUT I like that she is not backing down.

    The strategy of these other Democrats is the same one that LOST us Prop 8 in California: don't offend anyone, make all taboo subjects 'off limits', etc. Well when the Republicans are determined to be offended by anything and everything, what then can you say?

    And when was the last time you heard a Republican apologize for aying something stupid?

    Obama's "bipartisan" "turn the other cheek" methodology only want so far with a GOP that is partisan and will punch you in every cheek no matter how many times you turn it!


    Posted by: Strepsi | Apr 12, 2012 8:59:31 AM

  9. Mrs. Romney had the luxury of making that choice, the vast majority of American women don't, they in fact must go to work so the family can make ends meet. Most women would love to be able to stay home and raise a family. Sadly, only the privileged can afford to do that in today's America.

    I also wonder, did Mrs. Romney do it all herself, or did she decide to have hired help assist her? Faux outrage, a Rovian tactic. This is nonsense, similar to the Cheney's outrage when Kerry mentioned their lesbian daughter.

    The fact remains, most American women work, in the real world, not the Ann Romney world of "Leave It To Willard." Fight back, Hillary, you are right in what you said. Double down, that's what the Republicans do.

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 12, 2012 9:00:25 AM

  10. Ann Romney has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a neurological disorder that causes muscle weakness and eventually will put her in a wheel chair. She was also diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. She is a stay at home mother for five boys. She has more on her plate than most working mothers in terms of her serious medical illnesses. Rosen's comments were inappropriate.

    Posted by: Erik | Apr 12, 2012 9:02:45 AM

  11. "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."

    Yeah, yeah. I'm sure Ann Romney worked her poor little fingers to the bone, cleaning their various mansions from top to bottom without any help from a domestic staff. Uh-huh. Right.

    This is the sort of thing political campaigns latch onto but let's face it, Hillary Rosen was right. WTF does Ann Romney know about HAVING to work outside the home in order to pay the mortgage, keep food on the table, etc. Her biggest decision many days is which horse to ask her groomsman to saddle up for her.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 12, 2012 9:04:08 AM

  12. The only ones off limits in my books are the children. The adults are all fair game, particularly when their husbands hold them up as an authority.

    The White House is only angry because they worry that Hilary Rosen's legitimate observations about Ann Romney will only open the door for republican's to attack Michelle Obama . . . well the republicans have not only opened that door, they kicked it in.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 9:04:51 AM

  13. Give me a freaking break! Sure, there are many, many stay-at-home moms who work hard caring for their kids, cleaning house, doing laundry, shopping for and preparing meals, juggling household finances to make ends meet on their spouse's salary, even helping the kids with their homework. But I do not believe for a milisecond that Ann Romney didn't have a staff of less-than-minimum-wage employees who did all that for her so that she was able to meet her personal trainer daily, attend church commitee meetings, get her hair & nails done, have expensive lunches with equally wealty girlfriends, and do whatever she goddamn pleased until old Mittens got home from firing people at work.

    Posted by: DrMikey | Apr 12, 2012 9:08:12 AM

  14. In any event, this doesn't hand Romney the White House, for heaven's sake.

    A whole lot of women will sympathize with Mrs. Romney's health issues and ask pointedly why women's health is of such little concern to Mitt.

    Posted by: Demian | Apr 12, 2012 9:10:17 AM

  15. Rosen's comments were inappropriate and unwise, politically and morally. She should quickly and profusely apologize, if not step down. It's not about you, Hilary.

    Posted by: Javier | Apr 12, 2012 9:10:29 AM

  16. Rosen's right.

    Where does Cooper get off being so sanctimonious? He's never had to raise a kid on a woman's salary.

    Posted by: Bobeau | Apr 12, 2012 9:14:41 AM

  17. This is not the 1950's . . . but even if it were let's not pretend that a presidential candidate's spouse is a mere child, and does not play an integral part in their husband's campaign.

    God! It's enough to make one cringe, the political BS, Hilary back peddling, going so far as to say that she admires Ann Romney!!

    What has Ann Romney ever done in her life that is worthy of admiration? Marry a millionaire?

    And what does she, apart from some basic plumbing, know about other women?

    Hell . . . I know more about other women than Ann Romney.

    It is time to move into the 21st century and stop treating women like children, especially when they are being cited as experts by their husbands.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 9:16:14 AM

  18. Anybody remember, Mrs Clinton's comments in Bill's 1st run for the WH, about "staying home, baking cookies"?

    You can be right & still be wrong in the media. Rosen, is a strategist. She should know that better than anyone.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Apr 12, 2012 9:18:55 AM

  19. I agree with her - she said nothing wrong. Mrs. Romney being a working mother was probably EASIER due to their hundreds of millions of dollars. What about the women who work 5 jobs to pay for one of their children's medical issues? Just like her MS is easier to deal with because she has the money to pay for the best treatments as well as not have to worry about copays, etc.

    Posted by: Alex | Apr 12, 2012 9:19:56 AM

  20. One can infer from these remarks that Ms. Rosen does not consider child rearing as work, which is really not what people want to hear, nor is it accurate. I'm in no way a Romney supporter, but this is not appropriate.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 12, 2012 9:22:38 AM

  21. ERIK says that Ann Romney "has more on her plate than most working mothers in terms of her serious medical illnesses."

    Not True! The things that most concern a mother are her children. Ann Romney could develop ten more serious maladies (I hope not) and would still not have as much on her plate as the average "healthy" working mother who cannot afford health care for their children, cannot afford day care, to provide a decent home in a safe neighborhood, feed their kids, or provide the thousand and one things children need or want.

    Imagine if Ann Romney was a working or stay-at-home mom who did not have a rich husband, and spent her final months and years arguing with insurance companies to cover her medical expenses.

    Her medical problems prove only one thing, ERIK . . . and that is that even the rich are not immune to sickness and death . . . But get some perspective, man . . . Ann Romney's worse day can never compare to the best day of the average American mother.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 9:30:49 AM

  22. when Ann Romney has to raise 8 kids on a firemens salary from the 60's and 70's, and has to make left-overs stretch for 10 people, or has to borrow a neighbors car to take a kid to the drs..while getting someone to babysit the others..then we'll talk! Til then - she & the right wing can shut thier collective Pie-Holes.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Apr 12, 2012 9:31:21 AM

  23. Maybe Ms. Rosen should find a "husband" who could have supported her and their family and allowed her to stay home. Instead she denigrates another woman for the "luxury" of having exactly that. Nothing more ridiculous than a lesbian mocking traditional mothers of any economic status.

    Posted by: JonInVa | Apr 12, 2012 9:36:39 AM

  24. it must be nice to have a choice like that... a choice, like many others, that most do not have...

    let's not crucify this person, we have bigger enemies here... I hope women come out in support of Rosen...

    shame on u, Andy Coop......

    Posted by: V-8 | Apr 12, 2012 9:37:26 AM

  25. Why is the fact that she is a lesbian relevant to this story at all?

    Posted by: dm | Apr 12, 2012 9:40:13 AM

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