Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen caused a firestorm among political pundits and women of all backgrounds Wednesday night when she said Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life" while speaking on CNN.
This week, the issue of women and the economy has been at the forefront of the presidential campaign, with Romney looking to narrow the gender gap against President Barack Obama.
Rosen, who is not affiliated with the Obama campaign, made her remarks about Romney's wife on CNN's 360 with Anderson Cooper.
"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," Rosen said.
Rosen added, "She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing."
Ann Romney shot back Thursday, tweeting, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."
The tweet marked the first time the presumptive Republican nominee's wife used the social networking site. She also appeared on Fox News, discussing the remarks with Martha MacCallum.
"My career choice was to be a mother, and I think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make," Romney said. "Other women make other choices, to have a career and raise family, which I think Hilary Rosen has actually done herself."
She added, "I respect that, that's wonderful. But, you know, there are other people that have a choice. We have to respect women and all those choices that they make."
People on both sides of the political spectrum criticized Rosen for her comments, including representatives from Obama's campaign.
Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted, "Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive."
Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, tweeted, "Families must be off-limits on campaigns and I personally believe stay-at-home moms work harder than most of us do."
One of Romney's sons, Josh Romney, also defended his mother on Twitter, saying his mother is "one of the smartest, hardest working woman I know. Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me."
Although Rosen received backlash for her comments, she has stood by her remarks, saying she believes they show Romney is out of touch with women voters.
"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! #Truth," Rosen tweeted.
Later, she posted a direct comment to Ann Romney, saying, "Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy."
by RTT Staff Writer
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