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Hilary Rosen Disses Ann Romney: An Unfair Attack on Stay-at-Home Moms?

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The Democratic adviser says Mitt's wife doesn't understand economic issues facing women because she's "never worked a day in her life," sparking instant and fierce outrage

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Vicky P (476)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 2:50 pm
A bit unfair..there's lots of women that don't work and still understand what's going on, if she doesn't then she's just ignorant not because she's a housewife

l L (1)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 3:42 pm
All Ann had to say was is that she understood the point that was being made and not feel like her health and choice to be a stay at home mom was at the heart of the conversation.
A point was trying to be made. Do you understand what is at stake and Ann where are your sympathyies?
Your husband is at war with women and the things that affect our lives. Does Ann understand? Ms Rosen felt like it was impossible for Ann to understand. Ann went on the defensive about the path her life took.
But do you understand Ann? I am beginning to think like your husband; you don't.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 3:58 pm
This was an unfair snipe at "stay at home wives"--the fact that you "do not work" does not necessarily mean that you don't understand "economic issues".
Having said that, Ann seems to take umbrage easily. She needs to develop a thicker skin if she's going to be any good on the campaign trail.
Appearances mean a lot, and Ann appears completely outside the range of many many women, in or out of the workforce.
I feel anyone who would be married to Romney has some problems!

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 5:24 pm

l L (1)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 6:55 pm
All Ann had to say is that she understood the point being made. If you are going to head the country; then you should understand everyone. Instead of understanding ; Ann went on the defensive, about how hard motherhood is vs working outside the home and how she has bouts with cancer. Cancer is a terrible disease no matter who gets it. THe issue is do you understand what life is like for the rest of us and how her husband intends to wreck it for us. Bottom line.

Carole K (195)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 7:12 pm
Like it or lump it, outrage or not; the truth bears revealing! How can anyone NOT see that a woman who holds a paying job to support herself & her family all day, still has to complete household tasks a good share of the night as well? Someone still has to cook,clean, do the laundry, & help with the homework,etc.. A pampered stay-@-home mother does roughly half the work that an employed minimum wage average citizen does. I know many overworked young mothers who would love to stay home and care for their children & have that task be their only job; but they cannot do so; because their family then would not be able to make ends meet. Further, with Mrs. Romney's accumulated obscene wealth & plethora of paid domestic servants to do all the real work, I'd wager that Ann does less than even most women of privilege,luxury & leisure that the 1% upper crust enjoy. Just calling it like I see it! I agree with Hilary Rosen totally; and the last time I checked, the GOP has not yet been able to take that women's right away from me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Carol H (229)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 7:49 pm
noted, thanks Cal

Cam V (417)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 11:15 pm
The only war against women that is being carried on is by the Democrats. Manipulation is ignorance at its worst and women are nothing but another tool in Obies box of lies and misrepresentations.

Cam V (417)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 11:16 pm
The GOP has been in power longer than the Dems have Carole. If they were going to take your rights away it would already be a done deal.

T.L. H (6)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 11:49 pm
Ann did say she understands not only from her own life but because of talking to women during this campaign.This was pretty perfect timing for Mitt though.One day he says there is a war on women and then his point is proven the next day when his wife is attacked.

Mary Carpenter (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 5:09 am
I just Googled the Rosen issue to read the whole story and the first thing that came up was the Republicans asking for money to fight the "Democrats attack" on women. Ha ha. They are the rich using this issue to get more $. It's one persons comment, not the Democrats comment, and of course GOP's trump it up to get dumb conservatives to give them $. If you are poor and Republican, then you are a dumb person. Everything is about making the rich richer for them.

All this is is one person making HER point in a biased way. And, if the statement is true is not even biased - just true. If Ms Romney has never had to work and pay her rent and car payment with only 1800.00 a month then she doesnt know - first hand. It's possible she has an understanding of scrimping by in life.

But basically the reason I'm writing this is because Republicans, not Dems, are trying to get $ - AGAIN.

Alice C (1797)
Friday April 13, 2012, 5:13 am
Stay at home moms WORK very hard everyday. They take care of thier children and often, children in thier extended family. They do house work and cook and tend to gardens. They do the shopping for food and clothing for the family.

Mary Carpenter (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 5:16 am
For John Gregoire's commment: Funny how no matter what you find a way to be against Democrats. You just said the Dems are going after her for her comment. Isnt that a good thing, since it's a biased remark? So, if Dems support her they're bad and if they dont they're bad. mmm? Who's biased?

Danuta W (1249)
Friday April 13, 2012, 5:41 am

KS Goh (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 6:26 am
Thanks for the article.

Kristen H (25)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:38 am
So it's ok to criticize Palin for working and "abandoning" her kids, AND it's ok to criticize Romney for staying home & taking care of her kids? We can't have it both ways, yall.

Lindsay K (6)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:50 am
I was a stay-at-home mother for 18 years. It was blinking hard work! It was often lonely, too. But it was also incredibly worthwhile, and I was very fortunate in being able to make that choice.. I'm not criticising mothers who go out to work, and I know that not everyone has the choice one way or another. But please don't criticise those who do decide to stay at home.

pam w (139)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:00 am

l L (1)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:33 am
As I remember; it is the republican platform that wants women to have babies, be out of the workforce, go to jail for birthcontrol and family planning etc. This argument about stay at home moms, puts a spotlight on the adventures of stay at home mothering, a place they want all of you all to be. Barefoot and pregnant by rape or a loving man.
Why are we debating about stay at home mothering? Cause the republican found opportunity to exploit the subject.
We need to find a way to get back on track. The war against women.
Look at the divide and conquer crusade, that Mitt,s wife has us on. The issue will always be; does Ann understand the argument, the rest of us are making about the war on women, set forth by the republican agendas and their law makers. Walk a mile in someone elses shoes for a change and see what it is like for them.

David C (131)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:44 am
I must admit that the Greedy Oil Polluting politicians are always able to play the game better than the use Mrs. Romney as an example of being expert on women's issues is crazy = she can be an expert by experience on stay-at-home mom issues (although only a subset as she and her spouse don't need to worry about where the food or clothes or rent, etc are coming from) be an expert on issues that women who work and don't stay at home she would not be as qualified unless she's been reading/studying up on the issues (something anyone can do).....she is exactly what the Repubs want...a stay at home mom who agrees and supports her spouse 100%.....but one again the GOP mouths have gotten the dems on the run.....

hopefully, American voters wake up and realize....its the party of the 1% vs the the party that tries to help more than that....


Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 10:43 am
Ann Romney was interviewed by Jack Thomas, the Boston Globe, October 20th, 1994, 17, 18 years ago. Ann Romney interviewed by Jack Thomas, the Boston Globe, on her students days with Mitt Romney at BYU. Ann Romney said, "They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income. It was tiny. And I didn’t have money to carpet the floor. But you can get remnants, samples, so I glued them together, all different colors. It looked awful, but it was carpeting.

"We were happy, studying hard. Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time. The stock came from Mitt’s father. When he took over American Motors, the stock was worth nothing. But he invested Mitt’s birthday money year to year -- it wasn’t much, a few thousand, but he put it into American Motors because he believed in himself. Five years later, stock that had been $6 a share was $96 and Mitt cashed it so we could live and pay for education.
Mitt and I walked to class together, shared housekeeping, had a lot of pasta and tuna fish and learned hard lessons. We had our first child in that tiny apartment. We couldn’t afford a desk, so we used a door propped on sawhorses in our bedroom. It was a big door, so we could study on it together. And we bought a portable crib, took the legs off and put it on the desk while we studied. I had a baby sitter during class time, but otherwise, I’d hold my son on my lap while I studied.

"Right after Mitt graduated in 1975, we had our third boy and it was about the time Mitt’s first paycheck came along. So, we were married a long time before we had any income, about five years as struggling students. Now, every once in a while, we say if things get rough, we can go back to a $62-a-month apartment and be happy. All we need is each other and a little corner and we’ll be fine."

l L (1)
Friday April 13, 2012, 10:59 am
Why is Mittsupporting stripping rights for other woman in 2012. period nan L. The republican platform is what it is. Should we take a page on the internet and do state by state republican law makers bills and make it viral. Will that stop the denial of the war on women. Should we put every politicians name on the web nationwide who has voted and introduced laws that deal with womens issues. Will that shame every republican into admitting they are again lying to the american public at large? Will that Make Mitt admit they truth after he has bared false witness again?

Judy A (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 12:19 pm
Some people just put their big old foot in their big old mouths.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 12:39 pm
I am in my late forties and come from Germany. When I was young, I didn't know any mothers who worked. Mothers looked after the kids, fathers went out to work. We were four kids and my mum had to work very hard. It would have been an absolute outrage, if my dad had sent her out to work in addition to everything she did already.

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 12:42 pm
Oh there is a war on women, but it being waged by liberals.

Dwayne H (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 12:46 pm
so let me understand this...

you people believe that Ann Romney, born into wealth, married to the real life Gordon Gecko, with her mansions (plural) and army of servants - HAS worked?

ann is NOT a stay at home mom, raising 5 children on her own --- she is a multi millionaire with SERVANTS and MANSIONS (again plural). all of you getting upset that it was stated (after ann decided to go national and join the political debate in order to get women to support mittens), it was stated AFTER ann decided to read the karl rove statements... that ANN has never worked a day in her life.

in nothing that was said, was it even insinuated that "stay at home mom"s don't work their butts off.

the comments were directed completely and solely at ANN ROMNEY -- a millionaire, with multiple mansions and an army of servants... that ANN has never worked a day in her life.

what struggles has ann faced over the years? which tennis outfit to wear to the club?

please, everyone who is soooooooooooooooooooooo offended, at these comments that said NOTHING about "stay at home moms" in general; but were totally directed towards the millionaire ann romney, who was born into wealth and married another millionaire -- that SHE has never worked a day in her life.

what is wrong with you people?

Tanya E (2)
Friday April 13, 2012, 1:12 pm
Really... I take more issue with Romney's retort of "I chose to be a stay at home mom." Lot's of us working women would have chose to stay home, done chores, raised the kids, went to PTA meetings, etc. If I had, my family would have been on welfare right now.
I don't argue that homemaker is hard work, and I salute all who were allowed the chance to and took on that challenge. I wish I could have. I admit that daycare and grandparents had to help raise my child, but I still do all of the chores and make it to all of the meetings I have to and put in a 40 hour work week and still manage to get 4-8 credit hours of college classes occasionally (paid for by my work thank goodness).
I think both of the Romney's are out of touch with what women want/need (at least those not in the 1%), I think that's what Rosen is trying to say. And the war on women is definitely being waged by the Republicans. But back to my point, "I chose to be a stay at home mom"... tell that to the single mother (widowed - so you can't blame it on her that's she's single and a mother... for you self-righteous folk out there). I bet that single mother would love to be a stay at home mom too! Too bad Republican lawmakers want to end all of the stuff that allows that mom good healthcare, equal pay, planned parenthood access for cancer screenings, and support... and now the candidate's wife is saying "I chose to be..." Rosen could have made her point better, but Romney's comment... really?

Maggie S (40)
Friday April 13, 2012, 2:01 pm
I don't think it is that unfair. The Repugs (Romney) put her out there in an effort to say he was not anti-women but - here is the problem: The Repugs ARE anti-women and that will not change despite campaign window dressing! Also - how nice for Ann Romney who has 5 boys (what is with her - doesn't she know there is a global population crisis) that she has a husband who makes $22M a year and can CHOOSE to be a stay at home mom! How many women with kids can really make that choice these days thanks to our Administration and Congress? She lacks for nothing for herself or her kids. Clubs, activities, sports equipment, vacations, etc. etc. etc. How many moms are woking for food and shelter and there is nothing left for luxuries? They do not even have the luxury of time to give to their kids because they DID NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO CHOOSE TO STAY HOME! It was blunt, but, Rosen was right, absolutely right, Ann Romney has no conecept of what a working mom does. She has TWO jobs!

The Republicans and Obummer haad better realize that this is not going to sway women to the Repugs! The war being waged against women is for health care, equal pay, access to contraception (Romneys aren't supposed to sue that, are they?), the battle against demeaning, invasive medical procedures, state like George who pass "women as livestock" bills, Arizona - a woman governor - signs a horrible anti abortion bill into law! If the Repugs have their way, it will be only the 1% who can choose to stay home. The rest will be popping kids right and left because the cannot have contraception, won't have access to good child care, and will still have to go out and work! NO, THIS COMMENT WAT NOT UNFAIR AND IT DID OPEN A DIALOGUE! From what you hear in the media, there is a huge backlash, but, I am seeing as much support for Rosen!

Maggie S (40)
Friday April 13, 2012, 2:05 pm
At least Ann Romney is creating jobs - she probably has a whole staff of cleaning, cooking, fetching people. Her biggest dilemmas is probably what car she should drive on any given day! She can get on TV and smile and simper, but, she will never win over the REAL working women of this country! Nor will the Repugs be able to gloss over their war on women with Ann Romeny. This is even worse than trying to use Palin as a a hook to counter Hillary Clinton! SHAME ON THE ROMENY, THE REPUGS, AND EVEN OBUMMER WHO DEFENDED ANN ROMENY! The can of worms is open, and now let's see how many women support her! I support Rosen - at least she was honest if not blunt!

Carlene V (202)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:04 pm
The republiCONS know exactly what Rosen was trying to say, they are just running with her mis-spoken words and telling their sheeple how bad the Democrats are. And, as the sheeple have let themselves become dumbed down they believe all they hear. Ann Romney has never worked outside the home, would have been a better choice of words. The fact she says she "choose" to stay home says volumes. There are millions of working women who would love to have that choice and stay home and raise their family but they must work as single parents or adding to the income necessary to raise a family. So Romney's answer and dismay doesn't work either. I am not saying that stay-at-home moms are uninformed, they are as informed as they want to be as are working women.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:28 pm
This was NEVER an attack on stay at home moms. It was, however, a statement about Ann Romney understanding the struggles of the average mother; the ones who are NOT in a situation where they have a CHOICE to stay at home.

Ann Romney can't even come close to understanding the struggles that the average (not 1%er) mother lives with every day.
Mitt and Ann Romney are just like Marie Antoinette; no clue about how the common people live and don't really care to understand.

Patricia H. (440)
Friday April 13, 2012, 4:16 pm
Being a mother is a fulltime job

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 4:16 pm
Too many seem to be skipping over the point that Rosen was making. It is definitely true that our economic woes are not attended to to those who never have undergone facing them We women who work, try to stay employed for our children or to support ourselves more often than not are unable to do so for at least certain portions of our lives. The trauma of not earning enough money, or being underemployed or unemployed is devastating and long-lasting. Ann Romney will not be able to understand this, as she has never had to work at a JOB as the support of her self or her family. How can the Republicans, or anyone skew what Rosen was so clearly communicating?

helen s (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 5:37 pm
When raising children, there's no such thing as "a day off." Maybe the mother of your Liar=in-Chief
should have stayed home raising him NOT to grow up as the arrogant dictator he has become!!
Woe is US!!


annelies j (71)
Friday April 13, 2012, 6:06 pm
I very much doubt that most women with wealthy husbands, can understand what it's really like for most "stay at home moms". I doubt Mrs. Romney, or most politicians wives, can relate to what the average "housewife" really has to endure.
The point is, most politicians have no clue what it's really like for the 99% because most politicians belong to the 1%.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday April 13, 2012, 6:12 pm
Yes, it is true that Ann Romney, though a "stay at home" wife" was not necessarily a "stay at home mother". Mothers do the cooking, cleaning, diaper-changing, walking the floor with the ill baby, and a million other things that Ann, no doubt, had servants do. Yes Ann, your college years may have been poor and drab (in comparison to your later life), but your husband, or even YOU, could have gotten a JOB like other students do. Let's face it, you're a whiner, and you're just trying to find some common ground with REAL stay at home wife/mothers. Well, you haven't found it--they are women doing real work, making hard choices, bearing real burdens...and you are?

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 7:14 pm
Ben Romney, the couple's second-youngest son, wrote on Facebook, Politicker reports. "Growing up, we never had a nanny or a ‘mommy’s helper.’ Never went to daycare," Ben said.

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 7:18 pm
No nanny's, no housekeepers, although Ann did have personal assistants in 2010, I'm sure to help with campaigning. They were not housekeepers. ASSUME much?

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 7:25 pm
So one has to have a JOB to understand the plight of others? Ann Romney has been campaigning with her husband now for several years. Do some research and you will find that she is very well liked by many of the working women she talks to on the campaign trail, not to mention those she has encountered in her charity work. Shame on all of you. The woman has struggled with Cancer, MS and hatred from people who have no idea what her life has been like while she has been a great mother to 5 sons and several grandchildren. Shame on all of you.

Esther Z (94)
Friday April 13, 2012, 7:33 pm
Noted. I do believe poor Hilary Rosen made a mistake in her comments against Ann Romney. I say "poor" Hillary since she's been criticized by everyone, including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, though there was SOME truth in her comment. Mrs. Romney is not your common middle or lower working class "stay at home home". She's the wife of a multi millionaire who probably had a lot of help in raising her kids, especially since she suffered from health issues.
Funny, though, the day after, when Mrs. Romney made her appearance at Fox News, she said ""My career choice was to be a mother, and I think all of us need to know that we need to respect the choices women make."
It seems, Mrs. Romney is not aware that the Repugs, probably including her flip flopping husband, are limiting or totally taking away the few choices women have concerning their reproductive health, and are voting AGAINST bills that protect women (The Violence Against Women act.) or give equal pay to women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.). That makes Mrs. Romney another clueless Repug...
Cam V. and Nan L., you're clueless as well!

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 7:49 pm
No one i taking away your rights.

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 7:52 pm
Ledbetter Act. - The point of the act was to circumvent a supreme court decision. It was nothing less than a misuse of power. The sole purpose of the act was to circumvent the separation of powers thereby undermining the constitution...again.

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:11 pm
There are many problems with the VAWA. It needs to be examined and not just reauthorized.

Samantha Trosky (152)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:16 pm
Nan L. You don't seem to have a clue! I have been a working mom and a stay at home mom, and I even homeschooled my child for a short time. Let me tell ya a working mom is MUCH harder when you still have to clean, do laundry, pay the bills and be a mom! It is hard work to be a stay at home mom and lonely, but being a working mom with limited resources is harder! I gave up a lot to be at home with my special needs child, and Ann Romney would not know about being poor or living on less! The fact that she did not work a real job before her kids makes me have NO respect for her! Now, if she worked for years first then I could respect her more! Most stay at home moms give up all of the luxuries in life to be at home with her kids and I doubt she knows anything about that!
Yes, they are trying to take away our rights! When my best friend needs birth-control to live and be healthy and the scumbags want to take it away and kill her and others like her! They are trying to take away her right to live! I have the right to believe in population control and I only want one child. No one has the right to force more kids on me! When I was raped by someone that broke into my home if I got pregnant I need the right to abort a devil's offspring! I was lucky and was not pregnant, but don't sick the IRS on me if I did get pregnant! I also should be paid the same as a man doing the same job! Anything less should be a crime! My great grandmother fought for suffrage (our right to vote) and we need to now fight to keep the rights we already have??? That is just plain wrong!

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:30 pm
I too have been both. I have 4 children. Raised 3 of them alone for the majority of the time. Who is trying to take away birth control? You can go in any drug store to purchase BC. Condoms are given out for free. You do have the right to abort if that is your choice. No one is trying to take away your right to vote or trying to decide how many children you should or should not have.

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:32 pm
Oh and BTW, my youngest is special needs also. I hope you all the best with yours. I know how hard it is to care for them. Who is trying to kill your friend??? What is that about?

Samantha Trosky (152)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:12 pm
Republicans are trying to defund planned parenthood where most women that are uninsured or under-insured get their birth-control and they are trying to take it away! If she loses her birth-control should could die due to serious health issues! You really need to get more informed on the issues!

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:29 pm
I am informed on the issues. Government is not the only funding PP gets. If your friend needs BC for a health issue she can get it. I too at one time took BC for a health issue so I know all about that.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:36 pm
It will ALL bolow OVER by Election day!!!
Obama- Biden 2012!!!

Nancy L (141)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:39 pm
You wish

Jessica C (178)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 2:19 am
Christopher, you took the words right out of my mouth. Every time Ann Romney opens her mouth, I get flashbacks of George Bush's amazement over grocery store scanners.

Maggie S (40)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:30 am
The more I think about this woman, Ann Romney, the madder I get! How dare June Cleaver here with her perfect coiffed hair and makeup come on national TV and brag about "choosing the career" to stay at home and raise her five (3 too many) kids when she is so richly endowed with wealth! I think that her ad is an insult to the "real" working mothers and the "real" stay at home moms who do so, but do not have the funds to sports equipment, camps, lavish vacations, nice clothes, kiddie parties, etc. I do not think Ann Romney did a thing to bring women into the folds of the the women hating Repug party!

These working moms are the same ones who the Repugs want to deprive of adequate health care, birth control, equal pay, and on whom they want to impost horrible insulting medical procedures to end unwanted pregnancies and to secure birth control. Same with moms who stay at home but have to struggle. Ann Romney, Mitt Romney and the rest of the mega buck Repugs do not have a clue as to what is happening in the public! AND, they could care less!

I also resent Obummer's posturing to cover his butt and distance himself from Hilary Rosen's comments. Of course, for political window dressing, he had to, but, he could have been less judgmental to a working mom here! It is a fact that we just do not have much of a choice when it comes to Repugs and Dems. I am voting Independent for Rocky Anderson. Time for big changes, and, we need a third party. This is the year.

l L (1)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 7:54 am
Ann Romney has a mouth. Just like she immediately responded gleefully and as a wounded crow about her career choice and blubbering about a stay at home mom; she could just as easily said she understaood the poor. Instead her surrogaters comes out for her to say sure she understands and why.

Ann has not come out and said no such thing.
she acts like her soul mate hiusband. they are joined at the hip. If she says she understands; then she goes againts the junk he is standing for/which he is against.
To see the grandstanding she has done since she made her annouce ment of disdain, I examine myself to see how she complete annoys me.
Seeing how she and that party counts on the stupidity of all women to NOT see thru this political ploy to drop what is the real interest/WAR AGAINST WOMEN and follow the pied piper; Ann Romney, down the yellow brick road, to the presidency of her husband. Down the yellow brick, because she has placed herself as being attacked for being a carreer minded home stay mom and has conveniently used that to draw in others to support her nonsense.
Ann proves to me she is going to support her husband and party at all cost.
forget the war on women. Ann is not supporting that cause. Even tho her husband has supported the war coming from his party 'S WAR ON WOMEN.
They will continue to do their subtil dirty work and be who they are.
I really would like to know more about this mormon religion, that says it is christian.
Romney has no moral convictions. Where's his moral principles? I look to see what motivates him besides money for himself in big bucks and like minded folk.
This constant lying and baring false witness. What is up with this? No sensitivies about anything human and the human experience.
He acts souless and ghoulish.. what makes this man him.
You know it should not be an easy thing for anyone to gain the presidency. Afterall that person must be about the needs of the people of this country and the country.
Ann as of yesterday made statements that she is on point for the republican agenda and that of her husband; sounding like Paul Ryan to the tee.
So everyone better beware of this woman. She may be a woman, a wife, a mother and very rich. But she is republican and her husband is running for president and she has his back. don't get it twisted.
She is Not for the rest of us. She may flip the script to bring you on her side for her husband, but forget what we have to deal with.

l L (1)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 8:04 am
correction: Ann could just of easily said herself that she understood THE POINT (not the poor).
Ms Rosen; I m not running from the debate, I am on your side. If I have to be all by myself. Time somebody showed some backbone in this party. repubs do their dirt wipe their moths like they did nothing and then attack you for calling them on it. Like a bunch of brats that were not raised right, pretending they don't know right from wrong and good from bad. Pretending they don't understand anything you put to them. and that we are the problem. This too shall pass. NOT SOON ENOUGH.

l L (1)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 8:23 am
Nan. L many of us are struggling and living with disease processes of some sort. Ann is not a product all by herself. People on both sides of the arguments are struggling with diseases and disabilites.
The point remains the same; the repubgs have waged a war on women. You can't change facts. If The repugs who are the policy maker's names and laws were made publicly known online,viral; the argument is over.
By the way Nan.l to let you know; great advocates are dying and know it but never exploit it for sympathy or use it as a bait and switch. They just quietly behind the scenes endure and understand; they are not the only ones suffering but try to help as much as they can, to make the world a better place for the human race and those crying out for help and deliverance.

Maggie S (40)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 11:55 am
Cam V is clueless. I cannot believe that this he/she/it cannot see what is going on here. The GOP is 100% trying to take away every right they can, and, Obummer is not doing much to stop it! The GOP has not always had the power and money of corporations behind them or the certainly would have destroyed the right of the people of this country! They have been infiltrated by religious right wing Evangelical nut jobs who also want a piece of the power pie. Don't be fooled - the GOP is devious, greedy and self serving, and the Dems are spineless and continue to be blindsided. Obummer will no doubt roll on the Buffet Rule if it comes to that despite all the promises that the rich will get taxes - how many time has he said "we will be revisiting this again".....?

Another Obummer comment - families are off limits in the campaign. Well, if you want your family to be off limits then don't put them in a political ad and broadcast it nationally! If Hilary Rosen's remark was an insult to stay a home moms, Ann Romney (aka Ann Megabucks) insulted working mom's just as much. It is her husband and his party that are screwing the public forcing moms (seniors will be next) into the work force!

Shirley A (96)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:19 pm


The rich DO NOT know the SAME worries and struggles of everyday life raising children with a just adequate or lacking income. Those that have been rich ALL their lives may be able to walk among those less financially fortunate and try to give lip service as to how much they understand but it sure as hell doesn't give them a handle on day to day, month to month survival for most folks especially in the past few years. I have a hard time believing Ann or Mitt could make sound decisions in making policy for the rest of us. Remember Mitt isn't worried about the poor, "they have a safety net." The very same "safety net" he and his cohorts are trying their best to dismantle. Do people really think Ann Romney is out there talking to middle class and poor then coming back to MItt and saying you've got to change your policy on middle class and poor programs and issues so these Mom's and Dad's have a better chance and more financial security. Sure haven't heard or seen ANY sign of that yet and even if he changes his mind AGAIN, why in the hell would anyone in their right mind believe him. All this is, is grasping at straws and misdirecting the conversation AGAIN. So sorry, no sympathy here for Mrs. Romney when most other people in this Nation are doing twice the WORK, fighting for healthcare when THEY have devastating illness or injury and have NO CHOICE in being a stay at home Mom or having to work their butts off to provide, take care and raise decent good children ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

Ditto what Lyn L. wrote for me.

Shirley A (96)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:20 pm
WAY, WAY, WAY to much being made out of someone, unintentionally I believe, leaving out 3 words. "Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life" OUTSIDE THE HOME. Geez, I think most people knew what Rosen was speaking to and I'm quite sure Mrs. Romney is intelligent enough to "get it" too and by the way where the hell are all the apologizes for the outright lies, misquotes and INTENTIONAL DERROGATORY SPEAK of the righteous right when they call the President a liar, accuse him falsly, pull talking points out of their butt and accuse the left of treasonist and horrid things. It's all quiet on the RIGHT Western Front at those moments. Seems to me Ann is too thin skinned to work the "big show." When you're in the public forum you have to be able to take comments and opinions about your actions and words that you've said. If your proud of your stance, defend it and say so but every single person in this Country has the same RIGHT to express his/her opinion and let the truth chips fall where they may. The point IS!! MOST mIddle class and poor Mom's and Dad's holding down jobs AND making a home AND raising children DO NOT HAVE THE CHOICE that Ann Romney has had ALL her life.I'm not belittling her, just stating the facts. Trying to EQUATE the two experiences does not wash.

Max P. (6)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 2:40 pm
Thank you Nan for your comments. I was skeptical of Romney, but after reading several articles on this issue and researching Romney's past and comparing it to the current president's I have to say Romney is much more impressive. And Ann Romney seems to be a really genuine person. At this point he is getting my vote.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 4:38 pm
Too bad Rosen "misspoke" and got nailed by her own party. Guess she was trying for a short "talking point" when she needed to explain more. First thing I thought was "Gee, didn't Romney have tons of hired help around?" Most of us do it all alone. Some of us couldn't make enough money working to pay for daycare, work clothes, gas to travel to & from job, the time we paid for all that, we were in debt. Our spouse made enough to cover the bills and we lived frugally in constant "rob Peter to pay Paul" mode, and never being able to even afford vacations. We shopped sales and discounts with coupons. We negotiated with bill collectors. Many have extended family to help with the kids, but a lot of us don't. Some, like me, had spouses that travel for a living and no one else to help care for the kids. Ann Romney had it all and now has even more--she's the epitome of the 1%, and very few of us have anything in common with her.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 2:30 pm
She can't relate because they're wealthy. This has nothing to do with being stay-at-home. Most mothers who do not work understand the economy very well and are the ones primarily responsible for paying the bills and buying groceries. They struggle very hard to make ends meet on what their partner brings home and see the rising inflation evident everywhere they go. Contrary to what YOU may believe, this life is not and never has been easy. Unless you have an executive position, no one is making good money. Not men OR women. I've seen lots of men working motels as maids and in nursing home laundry. Both sexes drive schoolbuses. We all need equal pay for doing the same job, but what we really need is higher minimum wage and simply more jobs.

Nancy L (141)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 11:31 am
Being wealthy has nothing to with it, by that logic neither can HIlary, she is not poor. Neither are most polititians, left or right. Following that logic no one in politics, reporters, pundits or political strategists, ect. can relate. It was condescending and very telling. Every woman should be insulted by her comment but not surprised because it is exactly how people like her think.

It was a contrived comment meant to further the lefts false narrative that conservatives are at war with women and it backfired.
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