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Wednesday
May092012

Pro-Romney Ad Uses Hilary Rosen Remarks to Wish Happy Mom’s Day

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(BRIGHTON, Colo.) -- The pro-Romney super PAC is out with a new video titled “Mother’s Day,” which focuses on the various insults lobbed at candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, about being a stay-at-home mom.

The super PAC, known as Restore Our Future, released the new ad on Wednesday and confirmed that it is part of the substantial $4.3 million ad buy announced last week that will span nine battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Nevada, and Virginia.

The “Mother’s Day” ad in particular will start airing as soon as Wednesday afternoon, according to a Restore Our Future spokeswoman.

The video first highlights Ann Romney’s health history, a voice-over saying, “Ann Romney raised five boys, she successfully battled breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.”

The ad then goes on to highlight comments made last month by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, described as a “White House insider,” with the video playing her remarks that ignited a firestorm over the so-called war on women.

“Guess what?  His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen says in a clip in the ad.

Bill Maher, who is described as having given $1 million to support Obama’s campaign, is also in the video, with his comments that “Ann Romney has never gotten her ass out of the house” playing after Rosen’s.

Then, the last screen flashes a card with the Obama re-election logo on it, opening to a message that reads, “Happy Mother’s Day From Barack Obama’s Team.”

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Sunday
Apr152012

Bachmann: Stay-at-Home Moms Understand Economy Better Than Husbands

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann fiercely defended Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms Sunday, blasting Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s criticism that Romney “has never worked a day in her life” as “shocking and insulting.”

Bachmann told NBC’s David Gregory that not only was Ann Romney qualified, as a stay-at-home mom, to advise her husband about the economy, but she may actually have a better understanding of a family’s economic problems than her husband.

“One thing I know is when women are home full-time they have a better pulse on the economy than probably their husband has,” Bachmann said, noting that because those moms are usually the family member that buys groceries and gets gas, they are the first to notice rising prices.

Ann Romney found herself at the center of a heated debate over stay-at-home moms last week when Rosen criticized Mitt Romney for citing his wife as his adviser on the economic issues female voters care about.

“What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country and saying ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues,’” Rosen said Wednesday on CNN. “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 the majority of the women in this country are facing.”

Rosen comments were immediately criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, with the president and the first lady speaking out in support of Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms. Obama, who is currently winning women by a large margin, quickly distanced himself from Rosen, whose remarks gave Republicans one of their first openings to attack the president as being out-of-touch with women, a vital voting bloc in the 2012 election.

The Romney campaign seized on Rosen’s remarks as evidence that Obama did not support non-working mothers, aiming to paint Rosen as a spokeswoman for the president and the Democratic Party. Both the White House and the Democratic National Committee said Rosen did not advise or speak for the administration or the campaign.

Democrats have hounded Republicans for seeking to prevent contraception from being covered under all insurance plans and blasted the party for waging a “war on women” over access to women’s health funding and abortion rights.

“This election is not going to be about Ann Romney or Hilary Rosen’s remarks, it’s going to be about which candidate fights for women,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, said during a back-and-forth with Bachmann on “Meet the Press.” “What’s insulting to women is the Republican Party and that they want bosses to tell women what medication they can take.”

Bachmann, a mother of five, said women across the country were and should be “highly insulted” by Rosen’s comments, but directed the majority of her scorn at the president’s economic policies, which she said have made life worse for women.

The Minnesota congresswoman who dropped out of the GOP primary race in January, said women would be better off with Mitt Romney as president.

“On every measure women’s lives are worse under President Obama than they would be under Mitt Romney as president of the United States,” Bachmann said.

Although the congresswoman had high praise for Romney, who she also said is “an extremely smart guy” and “a proven smart successful businessman,” Bachmann has not yet endorsed the presumptive GOP nominee.

“I’m very seriously looking at the endorsement for Mitt Romney,” Bachmann said Sunday.

She said with Rick Santorum’s exit from the race taking place less than a week ago, she is waiting for the party to “unite” before making any endorsements.

“I want to unite our party so I’m waiting for our party to come together,” Bachmann said on “Meet the Press.”

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Friday
Apr132012

Hilary Rosen Cancels "Meet The Press" Appearance

Mark Von Holden/WireImage for MTV Networks(WASHINGTON) -- After a 48-hour maelstrom of criticism from every corner of the political spectrum, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen canceled her scheduled appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press this Sunday, saying she has already “said enough.” The CNN contributor was lambasted Thursday for saying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife Ann has “never worked a day in her life.”

While Rosen has apologized for the comments, which were interpreted by both Republicans and Democrats as a dig at stay-at-home moms, she said Friday that she will “spend the weekend trying to explain to my kids the value of admitting a mistake and moving on.”

“I have said enough and while I have unfortunately made the producer’s job tougher today, I don’t have anything more to say,” Rosen said in a statement to NBC Friday morning. “I apologized to Mrs. Romney and work-in-home moms for mistakenly giving the impression that I do not think their work is valuable.  Of course it is.”

Rosen also tweeted an apology again Friday morning, writing “I deeply apologize again to work-in-home moms, Mrs Romney & the POTUS. Not going on #MTP this weekend. I’m going to be a mom who stays home.”

Both the first lady and the president spoke out against Rosen’s remarks on Thursday with the president telling ABC affiliate KCRG that families should be off limits in the presidential campaign.

The Romney campaign held a conference call with reporters Thursday painting Rosen’s comments as a message from the White House trying to perpetuate a “war on women.”

Both the White House and the Democratic National Committee refuted the claim that Rosen was working with the administration or the Obama campaign.

Rosen appeared on CNN twice Thursday, first to clarify that her comments Wednesday night were not intended to criticize working mothers, but instead to point out that Ann Romney, as a wealthy mother, was one of a privileged few moms that had the “luxury” of staying home. During her second appearance later in the day Rosen issued a full apology for her “poorly chosen” words.

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Friday
Apr132012

Concerns About Women Voters Extend Beyond Obama/Romney Battle

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The controversy over Ann Romney and working moms hits Democrats in their sweet spot.  They have tried to criticize Republicans for supporting policies they say would hurt women.  And in the race for control of the Senate, Democrats have a lot at stake because they'll have far more women on the ballot.

In fact, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has begun to tout a message that 2012 will be a historic year for women in the Senate.  The committee has endorsed 11 female candidates -- five challengers in addition to six incumbents facing re-election.

Democrats have a majority of seats in the Senate, currently 53 to 47.  But they also have the majority of seats up for re-election, 23 out of 33.  Losing four of these seats without picking up any new ones would mean that Republicans would gain the majority.

With this in mind, the math becomes clear: The Democratic path to maintaining the majority will run through the party's female candidates.

Historically speaking, there has not been a strong correlation between female candidates and female support, i.e. women don't automatically vote for women, explains Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

"Women don't vote as a block for women candidates, they're ideologically diverse," says Walsh.

However, women are more likely to vote Democrat, adds Walsh.

"They're more likely to register as Democrats, even among the more Independent women, they're more likely to lean Democratic," she says.

With this in mind, one can see why courting that female vote is especially important to Democrats.

But it's not just Democrats who need to court women voters.  Republican hopes for a majority in the Senate involve female candidates as well.

There are currently four female Republican Senate candidates running in hotly contested races where Republicans are looking to pick up seats from Democrats -- Connecticut, Hawaii, Missouri and New Mexico.  In each of those states, these female candidates will face a primary battle, though in Hawaii, Connecticut and New Mexico it looks likely, based on polling, that the female candidate will emerge as the party's nominee.

If Republicans can pick up even one of these seats, they'll be in a much better position to take back the majority.

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Thursday
Apr122012

Obama Rejects Rosen’s Comments on Ann Romney

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) -- President Obama strongly disagreed with Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s controversial comment about Ann Romney, saying Thursday that “there’s no tougher job than being a mom.”

“Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement,” the president told Bruce Aune of ABC’s Cedar Rapids affiliate KCRG.

Rosen sparked a political firestorm when she questioned Wednesday whether Ann Romney is qualified to gauge women’s economic concerns, claiming the mother of five has “never worked a day in her life.” The Romney campaign pounced on the comments as an opportunity to boost the GOP front-runner’s standing among female voters, while the president’s campaign and the White House publicly distanced themselves from Rosen.

The president went a step further, suggesting candidates’ families should be off-limits. “I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates,” he told KCRG.

“My general view is those of us who are in the public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians,” he said. “I haven’t met Mrs. Romney, but she seems like a very nice woman who is supportive of her family and supportive of her husband. I don’t know if she necessarily volunteered for this job so, you know, we don’t need to be directing comments at them. I think me and Governor Romney are going to have more than enough to argue about during the course of this campaign.”

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Thursday
Apr122012

Hilary Rosen Apologizes for Attacking Ann Romney As a Stay-At-Home Mom

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Less than 24 hours after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen mocked Ann Romney for having "never worked a day in her life," Rosen apologized to Romney on Thursday for her "poorly chosen" words and aimed to "put the faux 'war against stay at home moms' to rest once and for all."

"I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended," Rosen said in a statement. "Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."

As the general election revs into full force, women's issues and the "war on women" have taken center stage, with President Obama aiming to maintain his substantial lead among women voters and Mitt Romney striving to rekindle support with the all-important female voting bloc.

But Rosen's remarks Tuesday pushed policy prescriptions to the back seat as leaders of both parties focused squarely on her personal attack.

While Rosen sought to refocus the debate on whether Romney has "a vision for bringing women up economically," she did not back off her comments earlier Thursday.

"This is not about Ann Romney, this is about the waitress in a diner in some place in Nevada who has two kids whose day care funding is being cut off because of the Romney-Ryan budget and she doesn't know what to do," Rosen said on CNN. "This isn't about whether Ann Romney or I work, other women of some means can afford to make a choice to stay at home and raise kids. Most women in America, let's face it, don't have that choice."

Ann Romney hit back an hour later, telling Fox that her "career choice was to be a mother." She said that whether women chose to work or to stay home and raise children, "we have to respect women in all those choices."

"Mitt respects women that make those different choices," said Romney, who'll be 63 Monday.

About a quarter of U.S. women made the same choice as Ann Romney to make "mother" their job title in 2010. According to the most recent Census data, 23 percent of married women with children younger than 15 were stay-at-home moms.

But most of them were more likely than working mothers to be Hispanic, foreign born and without a high school diploma, according to Census data for 2007, the most recent year for which such data is available. None of those labels apply to Ann Romney, but the mother of five boys and grandmother of 16 children sought to make it clear that her not having to work doesn't mean she has lived a life without difficulties.

"Look, I know what it's like to struggle," Romney said today on Fox, pointing to her battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. "Maybe I haven't struggled as much financially as some other people have, but I can tell you and promise you that I've had struggles in my life."

But it was not the stay-at-home mom comments that bothered Romney as much Rosen's remark Wednesday that Ann Romney "doesn't really see us [women] as equals."

"That does bother me; that is not correct at all," Romney said, adding that as governor, her husband had a female chief of staff and a female lieutenant governor. "He admires women and listens to them and I am grateful that he listens to me."

Michelle Obama added her voice to the debate Wednesday as well, tweeting, "Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected -mo."

Although the first lady tweeted her support for stay-at-home moms like Romney, the Romney campaign still tried to paint Rosen's comments as a message sent straight from the White House.

"It's hard for me to believe that Hilary Rosen, who has visited the White House 35 times recently and advises on-message, would make remarks like that in a haphazard or freelancing way," Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R- Wy., said on a Romney campaign conference call with reporters.

White House spokesman Jay Carney refuted the claim that Rosen was a frequent visitor at the White House.

"I do not know how many times she's been here," Carney said Wednesday at the daily press briefing. "I have not seen her here very recently."

Carney said he personally knows three people named Hilary Rosen, and is "not sure" if the White House records showing her visits "represent the person we're talking about."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who was on the RNC call call with Lummis condemning Rosen's remarks, emphasized Rosen's role as a "President Obama adviser" and "DNC strategist," descriptions that a Democratic National Committee official has also denied.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida condemned Rosen's remarks via Twitter today, writing "Disappointed in @hilaryr 's comments. As a mother of 3 there's no doubt that raising children is work."

The Republican National Committee had called on Wasserman Schultz to apologize for Rosen's comments, saying they were "insulting and insensitive."

"To suggest that any mother has 'never worked a day in her life,' is an affront to mothers everywhere," RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said Wednesday in a statement.

Democrats swiftly aimed to distance the party and the president from Rosen's comments Wednesday night as well.

Two top Obama campaign advisors tweeted Tuesday night that her comments were "wrong" and "offensive" and Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard went on MSNBC Wednesday morning to specify that Rosen is "not an adviser to the DNC or the Obama campaign."

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina called for Rosen to apologize, tweeting that "family should be off limits."

While Obama is currently leading among all women voters, ABC contributor Cokie Roberts points out that married women voted Republican when George W. Bush headed the ticket. Those married women, many of which are mothers, could be a vital part of a winning coalition come November.

"The reason the Obama camp is reacting so vigorously is that those women are up for grabs, unlike single women who form a solid Democratic bloc," Roberts said.

As the focus has turned to the general election in the past two weeks, the Obama campaign has come out in full force to support women. The president hosted a White House forum on women and the economy last week and the campaign launched an attack against Romney for his perceived waffling on whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which helps women pursue pay discrimination claims.

An ABC News-Washington Post poll released this week shows that Obama far ahead of Romney when it comes to female voters. Women support the president over Romney by a 19-point margin and when asked which candidate voters trust to handle "women's issues," Obama's lead among women grows to a 27-point margin.

Romney has ramped up his efforts to close that gap, filling campaign events with women's groups, sending out email blasts from female politicians and specifically attacking the president's record on women's unemployment.

"The real war on women is being waged by the president's failed economic policies," Romney said at rally in Connecticut Tuesday. "His failures have hurt women."

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Thursday
Apr122012

Ann Romney Fights Back: Debuts on Twitter to Counter DNC Adviser’s Insult

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I) -- Ann Romney’s debut on Twitter couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

Ann’s first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.

“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”

And then, just like that, a familiar name popped up on Twitter: @AnnDRomney.

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.

The Romney campaign confirmed to ABC News that the account belongs to Ann Romney.

The tweet came just as husband Mitt wrapped up a second day of campaigning that all but entirely focused on the “war against women,” packing events with female business leaders and accusing the Obama administration’s economic policies of hurting women.

“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.

Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Following the interview, Rosen herself tweeted, “I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t.”

Rosen kept tweeting, not appearing to back off of her comments.

“@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy,” said Rosen.

Then Rosen offered a welcome message to Ann, tweeting, “oh and @AnnDRomney welcome to Twitter. You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!”

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