McCain: I agree with Ann Romney
April 15th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: I agree with Ann Romney

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain on Sunday said Mitt Romney will be able to bridge the gender gap in the next election given that women, as the candidate's wife said, care most about the economy.

"I do believe that Ann Romney was right when she said the women she talks to and the women I talk to, traveling around my state, are interested in jobs and the economy," McCain, a Romney backer, said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "There's no doubt that a lot of women have been hurt very badly in this recession. And jobs and the economy is their number one priority."

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The former 2008 Republican presidential candidate's comments came days after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen ignited a firestorm when she said Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life." Rosen later apologized, but that did not stop pundits and politicians from seizing on the remark to make their respective political points largely in an effort to play to the female vote ahead of the 2012 election.

A recent poll from ABC News/Washington Post showed President Barack Obama leading Romney among women, 57% to 38%, despite his single-digit lead over the former Massachusetts governor in a hypothetical general election match-up.

But McCain, Arizona's senior senator, said Romney's economic proposals will play to women who are focused on "feeding their families and being able to stay in their homes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • John McCain
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    McCain is as out of touch with reality as is Mittens and the republican party.

    April 15, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. CBR

    Wow! He wants to focus on the economy and jobs. What has he and his fellow Republicans been doing in Congress to get the country moving forward. Voting against every initiative, refusing to work with the President and then complaining about the direction that the country was heading.

    Ann Romney is only saying what every women and news person has been saying Women care about the economy and jobs. She left out the part that they also want healthcare for themselves and their families. As the primary caregivers they need to know they have the medical insurance necessary so that their children have a pediatrician and their is a family physician. They also need a tax break and need to see that everyone is treated equally by the tax code.

    April 15, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Everyone knows that what Rosen was saying was Ann Romney has never had a paid job outside her home. It's a common mistake that people across the political spectrum make by not specifically differentiating between a mom's work inside (unpaid) and outside (paid) the home.

    The Repubs are doing a typically cowardly thing by ignoring the meaning and instead picking on the wording.

    But that's to be expected of a group that has nothing to offer our country except anger, fear, hatred and division and which continues to spew economic, military and foreign policies that are ALL PROVEN FAILURES.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 15, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Dave Harris

    What is it he agrees on with Ann Romney? She doesn't have to worry about the economy. She doesn't have to worry about not being able to find a job and not being able to feed her family. For that matter, neither does McCain. Romney even said he's not concerned about the poor. There are those "social supports" like food stamps and so forth, which Republicans would like to eliminate. Anybody who think Republicans care about anything or anybody other then themselves and their own power and enrichment is being taken for a ride.

    April 15, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Funny how McCain can more easily quote Ann Romney than her husband. I suppose the danger in quoting Mitt is one shake of the Etch-A-Sketch and he has a totally new position!

    April 15, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. edpeters101

    With statements like: "There's no doubt that a lot of women have been hurt very badly in this recession. And jobs and the economy is their number one priority.".. I fail to understand why the leaders of the GOP won't do anything to help people get jobs, and just seem hell-bent on destroying the economy just to make Obama look bad? You will note that I do not consider Mitt (Caviar Hole mouth) to be a leader of anything! YMMV

    April 15, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. mirrorlogic

    The Queen of England is a stay-at-home Mom also....yet is she really an everyday stay-at-home Mom? The real question should be how many Nanny's, Maids, Assistants, Chauffeurs and the like does and everyday stay-at-home Mom really have?

    Queen Ann's life is very different than the average American Mom.

    April 15, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    McCain, Arizona's, said Romney's economic proposals "feeding their families and being able to stay in their homes."
    Senator Mc Cain we are in 2012, even Megan Mc Cain won’t by this
    Only rich families can do that stay home and feed their families SO Mc Cain out of touch with middle class

    April 15, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. janetlaw

    No, John, women do NOT like being a pawn, and we REALLY don't like the game of "what shall we pay for" when it comes to women's contraception and the other health benefits that go along with contraception drugs. Just because she is a woman means nothing to me – stand up for women's health and rights, then maybe I will listen.

    April 15, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. mirrorlogic

    I read a post clamoring about how hard the Romney's had it when they were young college students just living in a small place.

    How hard was it? They had to sell some stock to 'get by'... neither worked, instead they lived off selling some stocks! Again, a nice parallel with the average college student living in a small place getting by.... out-of-touch Elite Rich that do NOT represent the average American.

    April 15, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does McCain realize that he also agrees with "That Ones'" wife, Michelle?

    April 15, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. mirrorlogic

    So how much stock helped them survive this time of being poor college students?

    What Ann Romney says....we were married a long time before we had any income, about five years as struggling students.
    How about 'a few thousand' dollars when bought, but it had gone up by a factor of sixteen–by 'chipping away at' assets of say $60,000 in 1969 dollars... OH, by the way, that was about $377,000 in today's dollars. Yeap, poor college students barely hanging on by their fingernails.

    April 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Irrelevant -- the old fool though $ara could help him win, too.


    Ann Romney doesn't know what it's like to be a working woman with children and no healthcare, sometimes not enough food for everyone (so Mom eats popcorn to fill her belly), and bills that sometimes can't all be paid. THEY ARE OUT OF TOUCH - JUST LIKE MCLAME AND HIS 11 HOUSES couldn't relate to people being foreclosed on.

    April 15, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Dave A

    Oh come on!! Millionairs saying they really understand the working class!! Dont make me laugh. Or throw up!!

    April 15, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. mirrorlogic

    CNN and others created a "firestorm" around these comments because they know Romney is so far behind in the polls and especially with women that something must be done to close the gap. Why? Simply put, CNN, FOX, all the others are in a business–and tight races drive contributions and enthusiasm that end up in their account ledgers. So this artificially created "firestorm" is more to try anything to get the numbers closer and keep the Presidential Ads and money flowing–after all for media it is the equivalent of Christmas season for a company like Best Buy (they must get the big gains now to support slower seasons). So beware of artificial "firestorms"

    April 15, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. NotFooledByDistractions

    But McCain, Arizona's senior senator, said Romney's economic proposals will play to women who are focused on "feeding their families and being able to stay in their homes." (One really rich guy, talking about another really rich guy. Real convincing...)

    See, that's the real problem...Romney's proposals do not "play to women or men who are focused on feeding their families and being able to stay in their homes."

    Romney supports the Ryan "budget" which will be particularly harsh to middle class/working poor and the poor – you know, the majority of Americans. It's just one snow job after another from Mr. Romney, I sincerely doubt he has an honest bone in his body. He also plans to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood which will impact not only the health, but also the economics of women and families. That's just a start, there's several more issues where Mr. Romneys proposals aren't woman friendly – he's legislating for his economic class, not the majority. Do a little research – but as a warning, there's a LOT of contradictions coming from Mr. Romney, I guess it's just a matter of which Romney you choose to believe.

    April 15, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. ted

    McCain is still trying to be relevant. Glad he and Palin were defeated or we woudl be invading Iran, North Korea and
    Syria and Palin would have quit to become a half VP just like half governor. Fact of the matter is that everyone was affected by the recession. Think of the poor millionaires who got fewer millions in pay, think of the rich who lost on investments. OMG how horrible for them. Come on everyone – everybody lost in the recession. I lost money on investments until I went 100% cash. people lost homes, cars, jobs, healthcare. it is not just females that lost, it was males also. everyone lost.

    April 15, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Cayman Islands

    What a shocker. The guy who is so rich he did not even know how many mansions he owned is siding with the people who are so rich they have to hide their money in offshore bank accounts and bild elevators for their fleet of cars.

    April 15, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. B

    All of this sudden interest in Women by Romney and the Republicans is laughable and pathetic given what they have been doing to women’s rights in Republican controlled states and elsewhere.

    Romney must be getting more input from his persona l- Drama Coach Rove..

    April 15, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Just Say No to Flipper

    So,. is it the corporatist media or the GOBP trying to keep this non-story alive? Bottom line: The GOBP continues its war aganist women, and Ann Rmoney is completely out of touch with average working mothers and out of touch with average stay at home mothers.

    April 15, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    John, YOU gave us Sarah Palin... Now shut up and go away!

    April 15, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January,

    April 15, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Tim

    Nice try old man McCain. Ann has become a joke.

    April 15, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Kathy

    Wow, we all know how much republicans care about women don't we. forced sonograms, close planned parenthood, personhood amendment, birth control oversight by your boss, dedicated to overturning roe v wade, support of people like Limbaugh, no morning after pill, and by far women are the poorest demographic in the United States.

    April 15, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. fernace

    What, praytell, are his policies!? All I've heard from the repub camp is cut womens healthcare (done deal in my state), prevent us from getting insured birthcontrol (while men get Viagara), intrude religious ideology in the form of an intrauterine wand, cut jobs, gut education, minimize/eliminate retirement plans for govt. workers, eliminate SS & Medicare, as we know it! Many of these measures have already been passed in many states, such as mine, where my governor lives in a $10,000 per mo. mansion on our dime, payed himself a salary & retirement $$ while on his failed presidental jaunt & billed us for all his expenses, those 6 mo.! "Women focused on feeding their families, while being able to stay in their homes"??Did he Really say that!? Reality check Mr. Mc Cain, middleclass women Have to go to work to support their families! We don't have the luxury of "staying in our homes", especially in the economic climate of the past 10yrs! So what plan you got for us Mr.Romney, that will allow for this?Waiting!!

    April 15, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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