Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romney Never Worked

The presidential campaign exploded into a harsh debate over women's work, a day after a Democratic adviser made a scornful statement about stay-at-home mother Ann Romney, wife of the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.





In detail, on CNN Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen claimed that Romney, who raised five now-grown sons, had "never worked a day in her life." Mitt Romney had stated earlier that his wife had relayed to him the economic concerns of women around the country.


Needless to say that Rosen's comment reignited a mom-culture war that dates back to Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1992 remark that instead of working as a lawyer, she "could have stayed home and baked cookies." It stirred up the political Twitterverse - both Rosen and Ann Romney were trending topics on the social-networking site - and cable television networks.

The buzz became so deafening that Rosen had returned on CNN twice and issued a written apology, but was still the focal point of several Republican fundraising pitches.


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





The Romney campaign knows a thing or two about the damage an unscripted remark can do - such as his adviser's saying the strategic shift from primaries to the general election would be akin to an Etch A Sketch. So does the Obama campaign, scorched by its candidate's 2008 comments about people who "cling to guns or religion."

It has to be noted that after Rosen's comments on CNN, Ann Romney had set up a Twitter account and in less than 140 characters put Democrats on the defensive on women's issues, a topic they have owned for the past few months. "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys," Romney tweeted. "Believe me, it was hard work."


President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz all criticized Rosen's remark. Even so, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., held the White House responsible, stating she doubted Rosen was "freelancing."

"Clearly they're using surrogate women, including Hilary Rosen, who is a paid spokesperson, to deliver messages about Republicans that the president does not want to deliver himself for fear of the backlash," Lummis revealed.


Ann Romney made a rare interview appearance on Fox News to stir the debate. "Mitt said to me more times than you would imagine: "Ann, your job is more important than mine … your job is a forever job that is going to bring forever happiness.' "

Kiki McLean, a former adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, blamed the Romney campaign, insisting they were engaged in "a moment of cheap behavior to try to divide and separate women."

It has to be mentioned that former first lady Barbara Bush appeared to look for sympathy in a Fox News interview, claiming: "Women who stay home are wonderful. Women who work are wonderful. Whatever.''



FACT: It must be great to have that "privilege", Ann Romney. The truth is that there is no "choice" for the millions of working single mothers who struggle to balance work with parenting . There is also no "choice" for the millions of families who require two working parents just to make a living. There is no "choice" for "middle class" parents who must both work so one can pay for food and another pays for health insurance.
It is more than obvious that the Romneys are so out of touch with working America...What do you think?


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