Election 2012 puts women in early spotlight

Hilary Rosen's remarks about Ann Romney turn a skirmish over women into a war of words.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 13, 2012 1:17PM

By Joe Deaux


Election 2012 has made its opening move, and the first pawn is women.


That's the early direction the campaigns of President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney have taken as Romney trails the president by double-digit percentage points among women.


"The real war on women is being waged by the President's failed economic policies," Romney said Wednesday at an event in Hartford, Conn.


"He (Romney) advocates . . . making women pay more for their health care," Obama's campaign wrote Thursday in a press statement.


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The he said, he said about women exploded, though, after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said Romney's wife, Ann, has never worked a day in her life nor dealt with economic issues that now face a majority of women.


Ann Romney reacted to Rosen's remarks on Fox News' "American Newsroom" Thursday morning, saying being a mother was a career choice.


"Other women make other choices, to have a career and raise family, which I think Hilary Rosen has actually done herself," Romney said. "We have to respect women and all those choices that they make."


Romney's campaign has tried to project Rosen's comments on Obama's campaign.


"A clueless Hilary Rosen on #CNN refuses to back off her comments attacking Ann Romney. Will DNC/Obama sever ties?" Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted Thursday.


The Obama campaign quickly condemned Rosen's comments in an attempt to curb any collateral damage on the campaign.


"I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize," tweeted Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager.


"Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive," tweeted David Axelrod, an Obama campaign adviser.


The early tumult between the two campaigns comes just two days after Rick Santorum, Romney's biggest rival for the Republican presidential nomination unexpectedly dropped out of the race.


As for Rosen, she apologized for her comments in a statement late Thursday afternoon: "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."

Apr 13, 2012 6:28PM

I respect & acknowledge that being a stay at home mother and wife is a taskful job which also requires time and dedication; however, I think that perhaps what Ms. Rosen was trying to say was that for a lot of women having the sole option of being a stay at home mom is not feasible.  Today most women have to juggle both a career and a family.  Today being a stay at home mom is almost a luxury, for most households require two incomes to meet family goals or necessities.  There's also lots of women who find themselves alone raising their children and bringing home the bacon, as some would say.  I would say the majority of women today do both - work and family.  We care and want the best for our children, so we have to pitch in so that they can have a better future. 

Apr 14, 2012 2:48PM




Rosen is a grown woman, You don't need to speak for her. What she said is true. Why apologize for the truth?

Apr 14, 2012 10:26AM
Apr 16, 2012 7:06PM
Oh yes Mitt she is not doing you any good there are two kinds of people that get to stay home with their children it is. The very poor and the elite, privilage, with help. Cosmo
Apr 16, 2012 4:49PM

I agree with Hilary,Ann has never had to  fill out an application have an interview,offered a job,report to work learn the position,meet deadlines,be told when to take lunch,break ,and the time to get off of work,so she has never worked outside the house,she dont know what it is waiting for a paycheck,getting a raise on the job ,haveing your performance looked over and all that goes with working,she is a stay at home MOM,and she had a lot of help it was not all did by her believe me ,she had help on everything,so im with Hilary on this ,dont bash her shes correct ,And Mitt is not going to be our next President ,not this time ,Obama will win again because  people,are behind him ,so watch in NOV,Thank You Very Much.

Apr 16, 2012 6:51PM

Hilary  told  the truth even if  retalation. The truth is Lady Romney  dose not know what  iit is like to work and raise a family.Only those who work and raise a family to make ends meet know.

Fill freezers to have food then go to work. She has never pick peas and beans and others.

. CosmoB

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