April 12th, 2012
01:54 PM ET
2 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. LNM

    Does this person know what "fulsome" means? Hysterically ironic, if you ask me.

    April 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. a cut above the rest

    That Rosen is a dumb pig Lesbian–She must take lessons from another Pig, Rosie O'donnell. She wouldn't know what being a REAL mother is! Her lifestyle is disgusting and will only pollute the poor minds of her turkey baster – created kids.

    April 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    Raising 5 children is VERY hard work – just ask Ann Romney's nannies and chauffeurs.

    April 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Jaxon Heath

    You can tell she's not really sorry by her lame apology. And how does she have kids? i thought her "boat paddled upstream?"

    April 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Linda D

    Ms Rosen should have qualified her remarks with "outside the home," and there would not be a controversy. Women who can make choices have no idea what it is like when you have no choice. Being able to stay home and give your children and family just about as good, as good or a better life than those families where both parents have to work are priviledged and there is not other way to say it. Mrs Romney didn't have to make a choice she could just stay home and devote herself to family. Numerous cars, maids, drivers and nanny's? The hardest choice to make is what time of day will I spend with the children and what charlities will I support. I have been able to stay home and I have had to work. They both require work but if you want to know which is hardest? Having to work and raise a family and everything else is the toughest and there is no argument about that.

    April 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. KB

    open mouth insert foot...Hilary is out of touch and one gets the feeling she believes she's untouchable by the half baked apology. What does that say about her colleagues?

    April 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. yolanda

    Wow, @SoSad, What a bunch of sour grapes. If someone has money, they are vilified. Looks like Obama's class war is working.

    April 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. avd

    Everyone quit dispensing the "Romney's never had to worry about working" crap. Mitt didn't receive any fortunes from his father. Guess what? He worked for his fortune and made it on his own, while going to college and raising kids at the same time. How many of you did that? Just because he became successful, that's a downside? Wouldn't you want a President that IS successful and KNOWS how to be successful? That's what can turn this nation around.

    April 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Jimbo

    Irony definition? 11,000plus comments on this on fox news and 68 here....if that does not say something...come on all you shrinks out there....comments?

    April 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. joamerican

    There is no harder job in the world then being a good mother.

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. avd

    Everyone quit dispensing the "Romney's never had to worry about working" nonsense. Mitt didn't receive any fortunes from his father and has already stated that. Guess what? He worked for his fortune and made it on his own, while going to college and raising kids at the same time. How many of you did that? Just because he became successful, that's a downside? Wouldn't you want a President that IS successful and KNOWS how to be successful? That's what can turn this nation around.

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Brian

    "Ann Romney has never worked...so what did she say wrong?".....................................Evidently she offended a sacred cow.

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Seth

    It's 100% accurate to say Ann Romney never worked worked a day in her life since she hired nannies and cooks. Is she a good person who cares for her children? I'm sure. But let's not pretend she faces any of the problems normal families face. Being a privileged rich person doesn't make her bad. It just makes her unqualified to speak about economic hardships. And that's ok. I wouldn't mind being equally unqualified about trying to make ends meet too.

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. LeeAnn

    Rosen is a disgrace to all us women! Stay at home or not, paid or not, with or without help, rich or poor....raising children is the most rewarding and HARDEST job on earth!!!!!!!!! It's ALOT OF WORK AND TAKES MANY DIFFERENT TALENTS!!!!!

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. jt_flyer

    like no one in the universe is thinking the exact same thing. Like Ann Romney's had to chose between baby food and medicine. It's all about taking the opportunity to create a political smoke screen. The only way Romney can win is if women check their brains at the voting booth. I don't see that happening

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    Rosen should NOT have apologized. Yes being a Mother is a tough job but we all do and most of us work a fulltime job too. Besides. Ann Romney is very, very rich and I know she had maid services, nannies, and other services that made her life very easy. She does know NOTHING about the real world, what real women experience and Romney just shows how clueless he is if he has to ask his wife what goes on in the world average Americans live in. Romney is no leader. He lies constantly and tries and fails to put all his failures and idiotic opinions onto President Obama.
    Enough of these Republican betrayers of women and workers. We need to clean out the House and put in real legislators who will honor their oath to serve the People and work with President Obama to finish our recovery.

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Esteb

    Hollow. And too late.

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. joamerican

    Liberals are only for the womens rights that they agree with

    April 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Tiz

    Hilary Rosen is a tired biased blow-hard..... she's sorry her comment backfired.... nothing more.... she'll be back at work doing the same thing tomorrow..... book it....

    April 12, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Ramana7

    There is no doubt that raising kids is a hard job. In my book, the hardest.

    I give props to any mother or father doing that work!

    The issue is Anne Romney and the remarks, which were about her JOB experience. As in, in the work place.

    Hilary Rosen really got the short end here, because there's truth to what she's saying. Anne Romney is by no means a typical woman in America. Not by any stretch. She is surrounded by wealth and has been most if not all her life. Even as a mother, I'm sure she has had far more help than the average mother or stay at home mom.

    So if Mitt's connection to and understanding of women is solely or primarily through his wife, it explains why he's so absolutely out of touch.

    I realize Anne is liked far more than Mitt (and I can understand why), so even the dems are not supporting Hilary here, but I will. The point she made is valid. She may have said it without much sugar-coating, but it had to be said.

    I doubt if Anne Romney knows what a gallon of milk costs today. I doubt she even shops herself at this point. She certainly doesn't have to worry about the cost of birth control, what to do when her only car breaks down, or any such worries the ordinary people have. I'm sure she has her rich person stress over the stock market or such, but it only brings the point home even more so when you look at that.

    Hilary, I'm sorry most deserted you.

    April 12, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Thomas

    No Need to Apologize !

    Ann Romney did a great job razing five sons who avoided military service. She did a great job. It must be hard having to constantly remodel five homes , thats a full time job in it's self. Thank god for car elevators !

    April 12, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Jay

    "Yes, she's a "stay at home wife and mother," but she's the stay at home wife of a corporate giant and the mother of children who have never known any economic hardship. Ann has never struggled to make ends meet, and could always throw money money and more money at any problems she faced as a mother."

    That's right, let's blame her for marrying a very successful husband. Neither she or he need apologize for their success. I detect a little envy because if you were in her position you would do the same thing, and to say different is a lie.

    April 12, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Donald in CA

    Stop acting like ann romney is some victim. She has had it made her whole life and is not a working women. Democrats have no spine. They are so afraid of the right that they will throw their own under the train.Can you say Shirley Sherod.

    April 12, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. rs1201

    did any of you women or men who are busy criticizing Ann Romney also have breast cancer and MS? I was just curious whether your big mouths would still be flapping if you had to deal with chemo and radiation as well as the devastating effects of MS. Her money didn't help her get over the nausea nor the loss of hair nor her constant worries whether she would live long enough to see her sons grow to be men...You're all a bunch of awful people with absolutely zero empathy for anyone else but yourselves

    April 12, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Rebecca

    Hillary is so right on, why do you think she got so much backfire from her comment ! Hillary is correct in what she said. Romney needs to talk to the real "average american", he is so out of touch with reality. Come on people do you really want someone like him in office ? Is this the best we can do ? NO ! GO Obama !

    April 12, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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