Entries in War on Women (3)


Romney on Working Moms, Ann Says Women Aren’t Special Interest, Just Special

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Mitt Romney made his first public statement regarding stay-at-home moms after days of coverage that focused on his wife Ann’s back-and-forth with a Democratic strategist who accused her of never having a job, saying he believes “all moms are working moms,” before inviting his wife on stage to a rousing applause.

“There is one more person I would like to introduce,” said Romney at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. “This is a hero of mine. I happen to think that all moms are working moms. And if you have five sons, your work is never over. My sweetheart, Ann Romney.”

“Yeah, say something,” Romney urged his wife.

And she did -- delivering an assertive defense of those who chose to stay home with their children.

“Let me give a shout-out to all moms that are working,” she said. “And by the way, to all dads that are working. We love all of you.”

Ann Romney was embroiled in a media firestorm this week when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, said during an interview on CNN that Mrs. Romney, a mother of five, has “never worked a day in her life.”

“You know, I like to think that you are only, as a parent, as happy as your saddest child. And you never stop being a parent. Our children have grown now. They have children of their own. But it is such a wonderful opportunity for me to think about the heritage we are leaving our children,” said Mrs. Romney.

“You know, I heard recently something, how women were being referred to as a special interest group,” said Mrs. Romney. “And I thought to myself, ya know, really only Washington could do that."

“There is only one part of that phrase that is correct. Women are special!” she said, the crowd erupting in applause.

Mrs. Romney quickly segued her remarks to focus on the economy -- the cornerstone of her husband’s campaign.

“Women are talking about the economy and jobs and about the legacy of debt that we are going to leave our children and we are mad about it. And we are going to do something about it in November,” she said. “With your help we need to make sure that we keep this country strong and fighting for the right reasons.”

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Biden: ‘War on Women’ Is Real, Will Intensify

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday night that what he called a Republican-led effort to rollback the rights of women is “real” and will “intensify.”

“I think the ‘war on women’ is real,” Biden told MSNBC’s The Ed Show, deploying the politically-charged phrase for the first time on the national stage.

“And look, I’ll tell you when it’s going to intensify -- the next president of the United States is going to get to name one, possibly two or more, members to the Supreme Court,” he added.

Asked about Hilary Rosen’s controversial comments on Ann Romney, Biden said the Democratic strategist made an “outrageous assertion.”

“Look, I have fought my whole career -- I’m no hero, I don’t want to make it like... -- whether it’s the Violence Against Women Act or equal pay. My entire career as a senator and the vice president is to get to one point: when my daughter is able to make whatever choice she wants and no one question it,” he said.

“If my daughter wants to be able to say, ‘I’m staying home and raising my kids,’ no one should question that.”

As for the Romney campaign’s claims that women have been disproportionally harmed under the Obama administration -- with 92 percent of job losses being women -- Biden dismissed it as bluster.

“Know what that reminds me of?” Biden said. “Who caused these jobs to be lost -- all of them, men and women?” he said, referring to the economic crisis that took hold under Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

Biden’s comments came on the heels of a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H., earlier Thursday, when he slammed likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney, amid an intensifying debate between Republicans and Democrats over who is more attuned to the needs of women voters.

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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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