April 12th, 2012
01:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Rosen apologizes over comments against Ann Romney

(CNN) – Hilary Rosen offered an apology Thursday after her comments about Ann Romney sparked an uproar and a debate over women and the economy.

"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."

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The previous day, Rosen argued Ann Romney could not understand the struggles of women in the sluggish workforce because she "never worked a day in her life" as a stay-at-home mother.

Her comments quickly set off a spiraling controversy, as high-profile leaders on both sides of the aisle rushed to the defense of Ann Romney and that of women opting not to pursue their careers to solely focus on raising their children.

Read the full statement below:

"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."


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Economy
soundoff (595 Responses)
  1. Lee

    She should not speak for the dems. Muzzle her inappropriate remarks

    April 12, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Willy

    Hillary Rosen is a bigot and she should be removed asap. It is disgusting and vile.

    April 12, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. LF

    I support Hilary Rosen. She said nothing wrong. Perhaps she could have worded her comment differently, but I am not sure she could have worded it better. I respect journalists and am willing to accept the quote or story was told to the best of her ability. If there was any mistake in this case, it's easily forgivable. I know who she really is and she's fine with me.

    April 12, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. W.G.

    To harry soete -Yes the rebumlicans are at war with working women and Latinos and gays and ron paul
    wanted to deny tornado victims emergency loans . The rebumlicans are out of touch with the rest of the U.S. .
    Their next targets are S. S. and medicare . So their next war is on old people and the sick . We do not need
    these pigs trying to run the country !

    April 12, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Forsetti

    Sure. I can just see Ann Romney hands-on,, sorting the laundry or scrubbing the toilet, or any other routine, often grubby household chore. That was all yaken care of by other working mothers. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said in The Great Gatsby, the rich are different from you and I. They have money. It gives them choices. Which are unlikely to include long exhausting days making a house a clean home for minimum wage plus busfare.

    April 12, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Rulon Cushing

    MS. Rosen made a simple comment that, Mrs. Romney is not an Authority on the Work Pace or Economy because she never WORKED out side of the HOME. So HE should not be quoting her as an expert.

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. michael wright

    Wolf, Hillary Rosen apologized and reiterated what she said.......Why can't you leave it alone......It seems like you are trying to start something by baggering her......She is a woman too.....

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. lasa

    Way to stand your ground Hilary Rosen with Wolf this afternoon!!

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Forsetti

    Sure. I can just see Ann Romney hands-on,, sorting the laundry or scrubbing the toilet, or any other routine, often grubby household chore. That was all taken care of by other working mothers. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said in The Great Gatsby, the rich are different from you and I. They have money. It gives them choices. Which are unlikely to include long exhausting days making a house a clean home for minimum wage plus busfare.

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Scott Trent

    The Democratic National Committee has declared WAR on stay at home mom`s. This has to include welfare stay at home mom`s...

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. gg

    its going to be a long boring election

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. harry

    moderation? in another words, we want to make sure both parties by commercial time this election cycle! great cnn!

    April 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Kareen

    It must have been exhausting for Ann Romney to hire all the nannies, cooks and poolboys.

    April 12, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. A.C.

    All this FAKE outrage on BOTH sides is ridiculous! I was listening when Hilary made the comments were spot on, but its politics as usual that's diverting the conversation. The subject was the economy and Mitt usuing his wife as the main source of what women care most about. First, he' s the one running and should ask women himself. Second, the fact that his wife said the ECONOMY is what she is ” hearing” from other women proves Hilary' s point; she's not the best resource for this topic on the ECONOMY. All these other arguments are side shows. Yes, Ann has had some struggles, such as health issues. Everyone has some struggle. Yet again, the topic was the ECONOMY, and even w/ the Romney' s, they had money and healthcare to address. Even as a stay at home mom, the ones I know who do it have husbands that MUST work, and many of the moms stay at home because they save on daycare and its not feesible to work outside. That's a world of difference from Mrs. Romney. Mitt has to do better in understanding the everyday woman' s plight than relying on his wife's ” homework” on, again, THE ECONOMY! As for people hating on them for wealth, far from it....That's not the argument, and for what its worth, I'm wealthy myself and increasing in wealth daily...So easy for folks to go off on tangents. Let' s get back to the issues...

    April 12, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. christine

    HILARY, today they pick on you.....wait till they start picking on Michelle and Barack!!! will they expect YOU to stand by???you COULD sit back and just WATCH

    April 12, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. cecilhargis

    rosen do not apologise romeny my be a great mom but she has no ideal what it is like to work at home and work at a job to and have to woory about if her kids will eat tonight

    April 12, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. RJ

    Hilary is my hero. Obama and the dems are a zero. S

    April 12, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. RJ

    Democrats are nothing but a bunch of cowards. Hilary was right and you should be supporting her. YOU PATHETIC SELLOUTS.

    April 12, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Paula

    Ann Romney grew up in one of the 5 wealthiest towns in the United States and attended one of the 10 wealthiest boarding schools in the United States (where she met Mitt Romney). She's an equestrian. She may have raised 5 sons, but believe me she did it with the help of a full-time cadre of maids, private tutors, gardners and othered hired help. She never had to worry about money, food or shelter a day in her life. Rosen's horrible choice of words aside, any conversation that brings attention to how far out of touch the Romneys are with the other 99.9% is a discussion the Republicans best run from. As for the Democrats, they ought to stick to hammering Romney for the 14% tax rate he's paid over the past 2 years and what's in the other 9+ years of tax returns he refuses to release. The majority of 'stay at home moms' in this country are actually single mothers who are not employed and recieving some type of public assistance, lucky for the Republicans they are also very unlikely to vote. The stay-at-home mothers with husbands that do work are more than likely geniuses at figuring how to stretch one dollar into five with no hired help, and I'll bet most of them have husbands that pay more than 14% income tax.

    April 12, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Lili

    Obviously Ann Romney with five boys have been a real challenge as well as a tougher job than most women working outside of the home! But the difference is when you are surrounded by wealth, nannies become farely cheap and lessons the workload of most stay at home Moms. Rosen who is a working mom understands clearly that stay at home mom play an important role and that work value is no less than those of us who chose to work outside our homes.!! Bottom line here: Ann Romeny has been a very successul stay at home mom but please know that she's wealthy and there were lots of underpaid folk were sharing in her stay at home mom experience! Yep...I suspect more than the illegal immigrants that were taking care of the landscaping until Romney decided to run for POTUS and he kicked the exploited workers to the curve!!! Shame.....worst than traveling to Canada with their dog on top of the car!!

    Wake up people..........

    April 12, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. bob

    To harry soete: Obama 2012 .........4 MORE YEARS............... 4 MORE YEARS........4 MORE YEARS..........4 MORE YEARS!

    April 12, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. grandma kathy

    As a wife, mother, grandmother and just plain human, I am offended by the Democratic strategist's opinion that "stay at home" work is not real work. I have done work and real work, I do not have a Harvard degree, I worry about feeding, educating and the future of my children. I'm sure stay at home welfare mothers do the same. How can this women's bigoted statements be taken seriously? There is no RIGHT way to live, we are each FREE to choose!

    April 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    It is not the same a working full or part time and having a family. It is cleaning house, feeding the kids, doing home work and going to the PTA. It is a house wife. That is not what we do. We do all that and still work a full time job and WE ARE NOT RICH AND HAVE MAIDS, CARS WITH ELEVATORS TO THE PARKING AND whatever else she thinks is so great about being RICH and staying at home. Hilray Rosen was right on target.

    April 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Jessica

    This is our biggest problem. So what if someone has more money than you. Gasp someone has a bunch of money and (BIGGER gasp) most people do not have the discipline to save a dollar. Not everyone will be rich, beautiful, or be a considered a genius. Work with what you have and STOP worrying about who has what in their pocket and which celebrity is dating who. Additionally if women want to be treated equal then change you own oil in your car, kill the bug that freaks you out and buy your own damn tampons.

    April 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. sheila

    I believe Ms Romney is as out of touch with the average mom as is her husband, when was the last time she had to buy milk from supermarket on the way home from working a 12 hr shift or even more unlikely having to go grocery shopping with coupons?

    April 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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