Hilary Rosen, whom the Miami Herald says is a DNC advisor to Chairwoman and Broward Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, told CNN last night that Mitt Romney’s wife has “actually never worked a day in her life.”
According to a Wall Street Journal report last month, Rosen was an adviser to Schultz.
“She’s not an adviser to the DNC – the DNC’s contract for media services is exclusively with Anita Dunn,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse via email. Asked about the journal article, Woodhouse said “I don’t have any idea what the wsj’s source for that is – our contract is exclusively with Anita Dunn.”
“We need to respect women and all those choices they make.” Romney said in an interview on FOX News today.
Here’s the full quote from Rosen:
“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. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future.”
Rosen, who is a lesbian and adopted two children with ex-partner Elizabeth Birch, went on the offensive on CNN when she said: “Guess what, (Romney’s) wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”
Romney and Rosen fire back at each other on Twitter
Ann Romney fired back on Twitter: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys,” tweeted Romney, a 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16. “Believe me, it was hard work.”
Rosen continued to tweet herself, adding, “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 still didn’t stop: “@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy,” Rosen tweeted.
Obama campaign manager says she should apologize
Top Democrats are distancing themselves from Rosen’s remarks including Barack Obama.
“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.
Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
UPDATE: Rosen caves in and apologizes, says to stop phony war on women
“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen, a top Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”
Read Rosen’s full statement below from CNN:
“Let’s put the faux “war against stay at home moms” to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his lack of a record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”