Ann Romney debate shows importance of female voters in 2012 election
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen sparked a debate about stay-at-home mothers when, in an interview on CNN, she said that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Anne "has actually never worked a day in her life."
A fight for female voters in the presidential race got personal today, with Ann Romney, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama wading into a dispute over stay-at-home mothers.
In an interview on Fox News, Romney said raising five sons was a full-time job and her husband, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, considers it important.
“My career choice was to be a mother,” Romney said. “Other women make other choices. We have to respect women in all the choices they make.”
Michelle Obama urged Americans to respect the choices of all women.
“Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected,” Obama, a former corporate lawyer and mother of two daughters, wrote in a Twitter message today. Her husband echoed the sentiment, in an interview with an Iowa television station today, saying: “There is no tougher job than being a mom.”
They were responding to a comment last night by Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist unaffiliated with President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, who said Ann Romney wasn’t qualified to talk about women struggling in the economic downturn because she “hasn’t worked a day in her life.”