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How much damage did Obama supporter Hilary Rosen do when she said Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life”?
April 12th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

How much damage did Obama supporter Hilary Rosen do when she said Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life”?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It took 18 hours for Hilary Rosen to apologize for her ill-considered comment that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. And my guess is if there hadn't been such a firestorm of criticism over what she said she wouldn't have apologized at all. The apology is a day late and a dollar short. The damage has been done. And there's a lot of it.

Ann Romney - who raised five children as well as dealing with cancer and multiple sclerosis - that's work, Ms. Rosen - was classy in her response. She said she made "a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."

I think that's probably a true statement.

Democrats ran from Rosen like she was on fire. David Axelrod called the comments "inappropriate and offensive." Another true statement. Top Obama campaign officials said they couldn't disagree with Rosen more; that families should be off-limits and that stay-at-home moms "work harder than most of us do."

Before she decided to apologize, Hilary Rosen was busy blaming Mitt Romney for bringing his wife into this debate. She says that Mitt shouldn't say Mrs. Romney is the expert on women and the economy. Why not?

First rule of holes is: When you're in one, stop digging. Mercifully, after 18 hours, Hilary Rosen finally put the shovel down.

For the moment, President Obama enjoys an almost 20-point lead among women. An incident like this might make women give Mitt Romney a second look.

Here’s my question to you: How much damage did Obama supporter Hilary Rosen do when she said Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life"?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. jk in MN

    She's right in the fact that Mrs Romney hasn't had to work outside the home in the way most American women have had to in order to make the to make the family budget work – I don't think either of the Romney's understand or at times have a lot of compassion for main street America. Ms Rosin could have stated it better since democrats are held to higher political correctness in what they say and do than Republicans are. Everyone needs to grow a thicker skin.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  2. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Of course she's right... Or are we so P.C. now even the elite are all "hard workers"? Give me a break.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  3. Bill of New Mexico

    Both parties are playing politics to the hilt–sure, it's politics!

    But, if anyone has never worked, it would be someone who requires 2 cadillacs each day. And, my strongest prejudices are against the wealthy and independent oil producers.

    Having said that, I will very reluctantly vote Republican.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes and no. Yes, Ann Romney has worked hard to raise her family, which if she was doing job for money would be about $100,000.00 a year. No, she has never had to work to pay the bills, and this is what Hilary Rosen is talking about. Both of my parents worked, and with 5 sibilings it was a real task making ends meet every month. My wife and I both worked for over 35 years, and we are now enjoying some of the fruits of our labor, but if the Ryan budget is adopted we will lose our medical benefits.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  5. bonnie from NJ

    Raising 5 children is work, but rasing 5 children when you are rich must be a lot less work than when you are not. That being said it was just another stupid comment made without putting the brain in action before the mouth, which seems to be an epidemic today.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Mark from New Jersey

    While Hillary Rosen's comment was ill-considered and ill-advised, it is true that there are mothers that have the same number of kids as Anne Romney, AND have to work paying jobs to take care of their families, and they likely don't drive two Cadillacs, either. Way too much has been made of this comment. What, not enough Trayvon Martin news?

    April 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Russ in PA

    She sounds like the typical Demorat willing to pit one group of citizens against another. And just what sort of jobs has Rosen had? Lobbyist, right? So she's just another big-government snob sucking at the public teat. What a lame excuse for a woman...

    April 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Mendemoi

    The whole world knows exactly what Hillary Rosen meant. Most regular American women have head children and done INCOME-EARNING WORK. Ann Romney has never done INCOME-EARNING WORK. Its shameless for Republicans to try to spin this. This will not bring women bacl to them after having waged such war on them

    April 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  9. Linda in New York

    Hillary Rosen should have said more specifically that Ann Romney never worked at day outside of her comfy, privileged home as the wife of a millionaire. Ann Romney made the "choice" to stay at home and be a mom? That is an easy choice to make when you are married to a millionaire. Does Mrs. Romney want us to believe that there were no nannies, no servants, and no Cadilllacs? She is as out of touch with the daily struggles of the lower and middle classes as her husband.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Googlybear Rapid City, South Dakota

    at least she had a choice, Jack. i don't mean to discount the tedious nature of motherhood, but Mrs. Romney didn't HAVE to work to make sure her family had food and shelter. her personal economy never required effort.

    millions of mothers would love to live the dream that is Ann's life.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  11. Doug Ericson

    Hilary Rosen represents a mindset, ( feminist ideology ), that is partly to greatly responsible for the decline of the American Empire. Her comment about being a stay at home mom not being work, is an insult to every woman and man who stayed at home to take care of the kids while their spouse worked. Getting up every day at 5 AM, and driving the kids around till 9 in the evening, ( sports moms know what I am talking about ), keeping the house in shape inside and outside, and cooking every member of the family their individualy ordered meal is not the worst job in the world, but it is work. I did it as a man, because my wife was a lot better than I was at making money, and as the kids came along it just worked out better that way. Would the kids prefer that I was an Airline Pilot or something, sure. But even that job wouldn't have paid as well as my wifes, as a very specialized RN at a World renowned Hospital. She was even voted Nurse of the Year one year. So stick it up your pumkin Rosen, and I wish you well in your new career, whatever it ends up being. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  12. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Without knowing how many Nannys, Housekeepers, gardners, waitstaff, etc. the Romneys have we don't know how hard she had to work.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  13. Sherrie

    My mother worked from sun-up to midnight nearly every day of her married life. Doing what? Taking care of
    her children. Of course Rosen is not right. She must be out of her mind to make such a stupid, STUPID remark about stay-at-home mothers. There were no doubt plenty of times when my mother wished she COULD work outside
    the home, so she could get a little rest.

    Sherrie
    Morgan County
    Indiana

    April 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  14. Herman Portland OR

    Jack,
    I don't know what credibility she has or why she would make such a outlandish statement. There is nothing wrong with a parent, male or female staying home and raising their children single. Just another bomb thrown by a Obama supporter and an attempt to change the focus from the poor record of the administration and the President Obama.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  15. Conor in Chicago

    Neither has Romeny from what I can tell. All he's ever done is walk into an office, look at some spread sheets, do basic econ 101 style math, send a ton of jobs over seas, and collect a check. Maybe if my dad could pay for me to go to Harvard Business School I could do the same thing. Instead, I go to city college while people like Romeny tell me that we have to cut Pell Grants to he can afford the elevator in his garage. You know, because he's a "job creator" right?

    April 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  16. Matt, Miami

    She means work as in employed for pay, and yes she's right. Mrs. Romney has been strapped to Mr. Romney's roof much of her adult life to pander for whatever will get votes for her husband.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  17. Richard C.

    Rosen insulted every mother in this country. Raising children is tough enough, but especially if you suffer from MS. Rosen reflects the contempt of the Obama administration towards women, no matter how they try to defend themselves with lies as orated by Jay Carney, mouth piece for the Obama monarchy. He has to be defeated in November.
    Malvern, PA.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  18. Metalworker

    It makes no differance what some one says. Cable host will turn it around, inside out and make it something else.
    I agree with Miss Rosen. Ann has never had to worry about money. She never had to work to earn it and thaTt is a fact, Jack.
    She had a choice, good for her, I would not take that choice from her. In a fair world all would have that choice
    If one of her five came home and said everyone in school is getting new MJ Nikes and I would like some too.
    She never had to say no because if she bought them they would not eat that mo.
    That, Jack, is some thing you would not know about. You may say no for other reasons, but not that one.
    Ann Romney will never be able to tell a loving, working MOM how hard she, ANN , has had it. Never, no way, no how.
    METALWPORKER in IL

    April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  19. Paul From soon to be break away Republic of Texas

    Hilary Rosen is almost right. We all must remember Mrs Romney had to help what elevator company to go with for the car garage in California. Also she is in charge of the cleaning staff at all of there several homes across the U.S.. But real work I think never and Hilary was right.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  20. Marianne

    She has clarified her comment that Mrs. Romney has not worked outside the home. Her point was that the vast majority of mothers must work outside the home AND raise children. It is their financial struggles in these economic times that should be front and center for both political parties. That Romney present his wife as his chief informant on this issue is what's so laughable and yes, very out of touch.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  21. james in nc

    What a stupid thing for Hilary to say. Of course she is not right. Motherhood is one of the hardest jobs of all.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  22. Gary in California

    No, Jack, she is not right. My new bride was making almost as much as I was at the time we decided to have her stay home and raise our children. We never regretted sacrificing almost half of our income for our children. My respect and admiration for the stay at home mom increased by an order of magnitude when I cared for the kids on those girls getaway weekends. When someone would ask if my wife worked I would typically respond by saying... you don't have kids do you? It's hard and noble work that deserves respect.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Brad, Portland, OR

    Hilary Rosen should have clarified that "Ann Romney has never worked *outside the home* a day in her life."

    The Republicans will make political hay out of the way that was phrased, but they won't address the core contention that Mitt Romney's primary source of information for what women think has always lived in the lap of luxury, drives "a couple of Cadillacs," and can't identify at all with the average woman.

    Which means Mitt's flying blind when it comes to women's issues, and worse yet, he doesn't even realize it.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  24. Mendemoi

    Regular American women with children have done INCOME-EARNING WORK. Ann Romney has never done INCOME-EARNING WORK. Republicans stop the spin

    April 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  25. Mary Lew Pascoe

    Hilary Rosen needs defending! She was NOT critical of Ann Romney simply because she never worked outside the home and raised 5 children. This fact about Ann Romney is not relevant with her ability to relate to the economic struggle with women. Whether a woman chooses to stay at home to raise children, be a working mom, or work and have no children....the vast majority of women are struggling financially. You can't convince me that Ann Romney can relate to anyone struggling financially. Yes, her husband traveled perhaps more than most. But...at least she had a husband (many are raising families solo). Furthermore and most important...Ann Romney could afford every available service at her disposal (babysitters, cleaning staff, cooks, errand runners, etc.) and had vacations as a perk! Ann Romney is "out of touch" with women economically not because of the role she chose, but because of her wealth! Wasn't she quoted recently "I don't view us as wealthy?" Huh?

    April 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  26. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The point that Ms Rosen was attempting to make was that Ms Romney may have been a stay at home Mom but that she didn't work and worry like the typical working class stay at home home. I doubt very seriously if Ms. Romney had to cook and clean while raising the children or struggle to make ends meet each month. There is no doubt that Ms. Romney has worked in and out of the home. However, as many of us know, there are various degrees of work and I believe that Hilary Rosen was merely addressing the contrast between someone of Ms. Romney's statue versus that of a working class mother and woman.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  27. calaurore9

    I had a high-powered career, and I also stayed home to raise my son. The career was rewarding but hard work. Staying home had its ups and downs, but it was never what I'd define as 'work'. 5 sons? Ok, but I'm sure she could afford lots of help. A single Mom raising kids, now that's 'work'.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  28. bob z. from pa.

    this country would be a better place to live if mothers stayed home and raised there children . but today every body has to work to survive

    April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  29. Ed from California

    I think she was referring to, working outside the home. How many families today have the same opportunity as Mrs. Romney to stay home w/the kids and have enough money to make ends meet? Not many, I suspect, Mrs. Romney is lucky she didn't have to get an outside job, to help support her family. A two income family has been the norm since the seventies. And this corresponds directly to our family unit.... failure. This I'll bet you Mrs. Romney had hired help around the house, a maid, a nanny, a cook, a gardener, maybe a pool guy. How many "average" families had that advantage?

    April 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  30. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    I don't know about that, but that is what a good Republicans wife should do. Keep them out of the workplace, stay home and have children, clean the house and cook the meals. Oh, for the good ole days. Just joshing Jack, but here is more truth to that than fiction how Republican men look at women.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  31. JD in NH

    I'm sure Ms. Rosen meant that Mrs. Romney has never faced the problems of an average American mother. The majority of women have no choice about whether to work or stay home if they want to keep a roof over their childrens' heads and food on the table. I would be surprised to learn Mrs. Romney ever lost sleep over affording health care and a good education for her children. In fact, it sounds like her biggest worry of late is when she would get to ride her Australian warmblood horse again.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  32. Annie, Atlanta

    Mitt sends Ann out to campaign for him. Ann tells us the economy is having an effect on women, too, and that she can feel our pain and that her and Mitt empathize with those of us who are hurting. Huh? Hillary Rosen was right. Maybe a little inarticulate, but right. Now the right is up in arms over the statement to cover up for the fact that Hillary was right.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  33. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    No. I have been a stay at home dad. It can be very hard work with one. She had more than one child and that is no easy task, with or without household staff (which I don't think she had).

    April 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  34. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I'm sure Ms. Romney works the way most wealthy women do, by going to benefits dressed in expensive clothes and and mingling with the other wealthy guest. Taking care the houses and housework, by that I mean telling the butlers and maids what needs to be done and informing the cook what to make for breakfast, dinner and supper. She doesn't have any idea about how hard it is for the average woman to survive today. Because if she did she would be against her husband taking away women's rights and would have spoken out against Rush Limbaugh's humiliating a young college student for speaking what she believes in.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  35. 2011 Eyes

    Unless you can say taking other hard working peoples money is 'a job'.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  36. MNResident

    Define the term "worked", Mr. Cafferty. In a sense, Ann has "worked" to personally fight breast cancer and MS , "worked" to raise 5 children, and "worked" to support her husbands' career. Has she "worked" in a paying job that federal law requires a minimum wage or higher to be paid to her? Not from what I can tell. There are a lot of ways the term "work' can be defined. Remember, we are only taling about ONE DAY of work by ANY definition to have been worked by Ann Romney to show Hilary Rosen to be a liar.......

    April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  37. Ann from Charleston SC

    Hilary didn't word her comment the way she meant it. I think that she meant that Ann Romney never worked at a paying job to keep bread on the table. She did raise five boys – which is no trip to Hollywood! Ann Romeny was never a working mom who held down a full time job while raising children as most women do now, so in that sense Hilary was right.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  38. J. Browder

    Hilary is a elite liberal hack that couldn't do all the Ann Romney has accomplished along with Five kids, MS and Breast cancer. We should give her a medal...Hilary, not so much.
    That was tacky, but tipical liberal speek. Repulsive and unnecessary. I'm guessing Ann's a threat to Michele. I've been a stay at home mom and then a working single mom...It was easier when I worked.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  39. VERNON O BULLOCK

    Admire Ann Romney's choice (my wife has MS). But, what troubled me was when she said, "That's why WE are running"!

    April 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  40. Brian, San Diego

    Certainly she is wrong to say Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life". Raising a family definitely counts as work, and it's absurd to claim otherwise. However, Rosen's larger point does have some merit. Ann Romney has been well insulated from the economic hardships of most American women, and she should not claim to be an expert on those issues.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  41. Kevin in CA

    That statement should be revised to just refer to the "the Romney's".

    April 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  42. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, although some people tell lies when it is easier to tell the truth, Mitt Romney told the truth on the campaign trail when he said he was “unemployed.” Ann Romney is just like her husband, for the last six years on the campaign trail they have both worked harder at not having to work than if they just took a job and did something.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  43. Ivan - New York City / Ner Jersey

    Hilary Rosen was the worst president the RIAA ever had! Due to her lack of leadership and total ineptness for technology, the record industry is in the toilet today! Now you all get to see her for the fake she is. And CNN uses this woman as a "Go to" person?

    April 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  44. Kevin in CA

    Yep, that's right ... that's what being dirty, filthy rich is all about isn't it?

    April 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  45. Margaret Venkatesan

    I think being a mom is most likely a whole lot tougher job than being a pundit....Rosen should be fired for insulting 1/4th of the mothers in the United States. This is not the way to build up your audience. Who do you think is available to watch CNN during the day....stay at home moms and DADS (plenty of those around too).

    April 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  46. Ron WPAFB

    It totally depends on the definition of the word work, Jack! What she meant was that,;How does Ann Romney know anything about what the working class woman wants? Really. So she says she has raised kids, once again I need her definition of raised! Nannies, House keepers, Landscapers, Car Service????? Does she even know what a gallon of milk costs and better yet, does she care? No! She is never going to bargain shop. Work means different things to different people. So does the word Struggle! Does she cook the meals, No!
    The point is that Mitt and Ann are so out of touch with the people they want to govern and make decisions for, they will do more damage than good. Then there is the GOP's Women's Rights travesty, "No Rights for Women"! and then taking away health care from 9 to 30 million people without a single plan to cover them , with anything for years to come and then maybe not then! And they know what it is like? I don't think they have a clue and I am insulted by Mitt and Ann Romney even saying that! The mindless insulting statements coming out of the GOP political leaders is Anti Women, Anti Black, Anti Hispanic, and Anti American! If anyone wants to start throwing around, "Communist", they better look long and hard at the definition of that word too! It is all about the ruling political party keeping the people in their place. You know, Jack, The Republican Platform!

    April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  47. Ed from Texas

    Spouses and children should be off limits in these affairs, but that's just me. Rush Limbaugh once referred to Chelsea Clinton as "the other dog in the White House," so anything goes I guess.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  48. Martha Brooks

    Ms. Rosen only pointed out what is obvious. Mrs. Romney "chose" to stay home and raise five kids. She could afford to do so, and could hire "help" with kids, housework, etc. We are all aware of this. Her response to Ms. Rosen sounds fatuous in the extreme. Most of us had difficulty affording one or two children and held a "real" job while doing it. The Romneys sound sillier by the day.
    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  49. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No, and she should be suspended from CNN for a month. All in all Jack, it doesn't matter as President Obama will lose in November and Mrs. Romney can park her Caddys in front of the White House and name one of them Hilary.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  50. RickFromDetroit

    YES, Hilary is right, and this also holds true to many of Elected Officials who want to raise the legal age of retirement.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  51. Jane in CA

    Has her paycheck ever been the difference between food for the kids or going hungry? Has her paycheck ever been the difference between a roof over her head or being evicted? Has her paycheck ever meant the difference between buying the kids new shoes or cramming their feet into something too small? I expect that the answer to those questions is no. If that is the case, then she has never worked for a living. There is a difference between working because you want to, or to afford more than the necessities of life, and needing to work because you can't live without an income. Ann may even be able to work for a living, but it would be a new experience for her. Very likely a learning one.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  52. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, considering that the GOP truly believes that a woman's place is at home,in the kitchen and bedroom and not much more,Hilary has a better chance of being correct than wrong. Mitt also likes firing people,so Ann had better watch what she says also. After all,thinking and/or speaking is way outside the box compared to women being seen and not heard. Greg M. FL

    April 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  53. Jim

    Jack,

    She raised five kids and has put up with Mitt all these years. I'd call that work. Rosen's choice of words was stupid, almost as stupid as Chris Christie's comment in your previous posting. I assume what she meant was that Ann Romney has never held a paying job. Of course the Conservatives will jump all over her claiming that she has demeaned every stay-at-home mom. You'd think professional pundits and politicians would know better. Apparently not.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    April 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  54. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, this is a slippery slope and there will be endless discussion about stay at home moms vs. working moms and even stayat home moms vs. stay at home moms who have domestic help. There is one thing that Ann Romney has not had to do as a stay at home mom that separates her from most of the millions of other moms in this country, balance a household budget. That fact alone means that she cannot relate to most moms.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  55. flarfle

    Rosen was referring to the fact that Ann Romney has never had to deal with the intense financial difficulties of navigating a working class life. Ann Romney has not ever had to hold a job while caring for her family, a luxury that the vast majority of working class mother's do not have. That is what Rosen was referring to, and I think that is a fair point. Admittedly, she could have phrased her thoughts much better.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  56. Karl in Flint, MI

    Anne Romney has worked very hard managing all the house staffs for their many homes and the nannies that raised her children. That alone is a full time job. Mitt was busy buying companies and bankrupting them so he could fire people which he finds fulfilling, then he was governor and now he designs garage elevators for their homes, while running for president every four years, so they can have even more Cadillacs, Mustangs and pickup trucks. Yes, Anne Romney has worked very hard all her life..

    April 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  57. Liz Smith

    Yes Hilary Rosen is right. Ann Romney never did work a day in her life. Most working mothers have to chose between their child and their job every day. Who stays with sick children the nanny? Who takes the child to the doctor when he is sick the chauffeur? She chose to stay home, well most working mothers would love to have that "choice" but don't. And the "choice" we do have the Republicans want to take away. Working mothers exchange the joy of watching their children grow for the stress of working full time and being a full time parent. The Romneys make me sick, the don't have a clue about what its like to live in this country without wealth.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  58. Dan from Los Angeles

    Of course Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. One of the basic tenets of the LDS followers is to keep wives at home, pregnant and raising as many offspring as possible! The barefoot part is optional!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  59. Peg in NY

    Damage? It's hard to say. It clearly was not Hilary Rosen's most stellar moment or statement. It will surely make Hilary Rosen less credible, atleast for awhile. Who is she to judge any woman's worth, solely based on "employment"?

    April 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  60. Liz Smith

    Yes Hilary Rosen is right. Ann Romney never did work a day in her life. Most working mothers have to chose between their child and their job every day. Who stays with sick children the nanny? Who takes the child to the doctor when he is sick the chauffeur? She chose to stay home, well most working mothers would love to have that "choice" but don't. And the "choice" we do have the Republicans want to take away. Working mothers exchange the joy of watching their children grow for the stress of working full time and being a full time parent. The Romneys make me sick, they don't have a clue about what its like to live in this country without wealth.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  61. Svitlana in California

    She's half right, which in high-stakes politics passes for truth. Working as a mother, raising kids, is as any stay-at-home-mom knows–a task not to be discounted. Although Hilary Rosen's dig doesn't quite rise to the shame-on-you level, it is nonetheless deserving of dishonorable mention

    April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  62. Greg in Arkansas

    Define Work.....!!
    "worked" as in "exertion or effort to produce or accomplish something"....such as picking out the color, model and accessories of her new Cadillac, planning the menu of a dinner party or designing the lay-out of their new beach front home with the car elevator,....I would say Ann Romney would get a big... YES
    BUT..."worked" defined as "employment as a means of earning ones livelihood".......such as toil, drudgery, job or occupation....sorry, but Ann gets a big...NO on this one...

    April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  63. Bobby E. Lahmon

    I don't know maybe she should have said she probably never did a really hard day's work in her life being rich isn't always a result of hard or any work at all for that matter, but to tell you the truth I'm really getting tired of constantly seeing so many republicans using their wives to pull their feet out of their mouths as well I agree their wives are not running for president

    April 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  64. Tom in Desoto, TX

    It's nothing really. June Cleaver is June Cleaver, how can you deny the truth? Except June Cleaver didn't have domestic helpers.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  65. Mark in Oklahoma City, OK

    Jack, nobody really cares what anyone but the candidate says. I don't know why this concept is so hard for people in the media to get this. If the candidate didn't say it, then it's just like water off a duck's back. No effect.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  66. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    She did some damage probably. Ann Romney raised children and that is work, likely the most important work anyone can do.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  67. David in Tampa

    Maybe in right wing circles but not among working moms that put in their time on the job then go to their real job taking care of their worse 50%, the little lady being the better half, and one or more bundles of joy that destroy their egos as much as they did to their parents. Such is the plight of those not married to/in the upper crust. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to afford a nanny??

    April 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  68. Gordo from NJ

    Hilary Rosen should not apologize for stating the obvious. Anne Romney seems like a very charming woman, but if she's never had to work for a paycheck, then she is by definition out of touch with all but a handful of Americans. She can never understand the life of a supermarket cashier who has to juggle work and family, just as that cashier will never understand the demands of being a country club Mom. Republicans should be careful not to push back too hard on this. The 'wives of NASCAR team owners' is a relatively small voting block.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  69. Evinia Bruce

    hey Mr.Cafferty.....why don't you ask .".how much damage did Anne Romney do with her reponse ??" .." i chose to stay at home with my nannies and cooks etc etc ..and :"raise" my sons ."...we are so tired of your incessant drum beat ..knocking Obama..
    ..Hillary DOES NOT WORK for Obama !!!!!! .. so why do insist on tieing them together??? ..Anne Romney did not have to juggle being a mom AND going to work to provide for them .....your question is dishonest and as usual biased against the president ... most "tweets" were in agreement with Hillary ...it's very easy to be a Stay -at-Home Mom" when you are surriounded with every convenience ....Anne Romney CANNOT know what it is like to be the bread winner ..cook ..washer..house cleaner..soccer mom...launderer...home work supervisor ..chauffeur .and on and on ....tell me where Hiallary is wrong!!!!........B.C. Canada

    April 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  70. Lillian Carilo, Highlands Ranch, CO

    As a disabled mother of three, with husband in second year unemployed (who wonders if I'm going to have to resort to prostitution if something doesn't change soon), I don't have two-cents to offer in this discussion. And I don't expect any politician's wife to know what real American women are going through, or have to put up with, during these unsettling times.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  71. H.R

    I hope a lot. Romeny's wife has no idea what work is. She probably had a Nanny all of her married life. I cannot fathom what it would be like nowadays working all day, driving home, helping the kids with their homework, cooking, then cleaning it all up, get them ready for bed, do the laundry, and anything else that Romney's servants did back then. Give me a break. Rosen knows what it is like, not having millions of dollars to spend as you like. Romney put her out there, so she is fair game, look what Michelle has put up with.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  72. Loren

    None. Those who support Obama will agree and those who support Romney will be appalled, but it won't change anyone's minds.

    More to the point, however, is that Rosen's comments reflect the hypocrisy of the Obama supporters (though Romney supporters are equal in this regard), claiming to support women's rights while disparaging a woman's right to stay home to raise her children. Our political climate has become a cesspool of judgment, none of which reflect well on the person's sitting in judgment.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  73. Diane

    Hillary Rosen did absolutely nothing to damage Ann Romney, because her statements were as vain as her new face-job. Even the First Lady backs Mrs. Romney. Unless the democrats want to come off as insulting to women, they need to stop attacking them, especially if their targets are admirable, conservative wives. Everyone sees through this dog-eat-dog BS democratic operatives dish out.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  74. Ken in Seattle

    None. She should have added "outside the home" though. It is clear from the conversation that is what she meant. Ann Romney had the luxury to be able to choose to stay at home. A choice millions of women don't have. It unfortunately gave Republicans an opportunity to try and gloss over their Mad Men era view of women. That view is so ingrained within the Republican Party though that any slight indication they actually care about women will be short lived.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  75. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Not enough damage to make me change my mind about the Republican Party and its agenda.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  76. Connie from Morgantown, WV

    Any person with common sense wouldn't look at it this way. Yeah, she had a poor choice of words, but I think nearly everyone who has a working mind understood what she meant. Her words were taken completely out of context and suggested that she meant something totally different. And of course, the Republicans are benefiting from it, which I'm sure is what they wanted. But that's politics for ya!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  77. chris

    between the american people opposed to obamacare getting gouged att eh pump he the president calling for more taxes while not cutting spending all across the board this is just the icing on the cake not every woman has or needs to work but alot do and some women can aford to stay home

    April 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  78. Ted

    Hilery Rosen is related to Bill Maher. Need I say more.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  79. Cy Gardner

    Is it the truth? The Republicans, including Ann's phony baloney husband, lie and lie and smear anyone who isn't writing them a check. But, when you tell the truth, they hate it. Why would I believe that any Romney is qualified to talk about the kind of life most Americans live. Someone who has never worked and who owns multiple houses and Cadillacs has no business giving public speeches and pretending that they know what women, or any working people, care about. I know what's most important to Ann and her husband. Winning. Getting More. Period. cy from arlington, va

    April 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  80. Carl

    Jack,

    Most politicians and their wives don't work, their main job is to lie, steal and cheat the American tax payers.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  81. Pete in Florida

    Well, beating up on Michelle Obama, a really nice, classy lady, never seemed to hurt Republicans like Limbaugh, Palin, and several others, so maybe not much. On the other hand, there seems to be nuch different standards for the two partys, in that Repubs can get as nasty, ugly and dishonest as they want, while Dems have to fall over themselves apologizing if they just sneeze in the wrong direction, so who knows, maybe a lot. Certainly the right wing media will make a LOT out of it!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  82. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Damage to whom? Romney I hope. Ann Romney says she 'chose' to stay home and raise the children ... not without a few hired helpers, I'm sure. Ann Romney did NOT HAVE to work like the majority of middle class women. She was born into money and married into millions more. She hasn't got a clue about the ecomony as it relates to working mothers. Both the Romneys have always been part of the 1%. Hilary Rosen was right on target!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  83. Karen

    Aren't these democrat stratigist the same one people who attacked Sarah Palin for working while having a family? Aren't these the same people who said Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Obama and their kids were off limits? I smell hypocrisy and bigotry. So much for true women's liberation. IT only swings in the direction that favors the current democrat' po;itician's election. Women of America, we have been played!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  84. Jeff, Steamboat Springs. CO

    I have been an at home father to my 2 1/2 year old son since he has been born, all the while being in graduate school while my wife works full time. I know how hard, how exhausting, and how frustrating it can be raising children. However, I don't go around telling people that I have had a job or that I have been employed for the last 2 1/2 years. This is just another example of how politicians skew words to fit their own political agenda. We all know what Hilary Rosen was saying. Although raising children is hard work it is NOT a "job". Anytime you have the choice whether or not to work you are extremely well off. My mother raised myself and my sister as a single parent and had a "job" on top of that. That's hard work! I never want to think of raising my children as a JOB!! Raising kids is a labor of love.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  85. Melissa Memphis,Tn

    Being a parent is a fulltime job. But just parenting isnt the only job alot of us have.She is not relatable to households that both parents work to provide for the family.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  86. Ron Hall Arkansas

    It was a cheap shot against a lady that brings a breath of fresh air to this campaign. This President has gone off the edge to the left and I can't further support him. But I hope he has the leadership to put a halt to family smears by members of his reelection staff. Ms. Rosen needs to join the unemployed.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  87. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Little to none. Hilary meant that Ann had never been fully vested in the work world of monetary compensation. The same is true of Lilly Ledbetter and everyone else getting 73 cents to the dollar.

    Anyone who has raised five sons and done as good a job as the Romneys has certainly worked. That Tagg is a keeper for sure.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  88. Vinny in Connecticut

    What a nasty, disgusting comment made by Hilary Rosen, but it was not an 'off the cuff' one. This is all part of the Obama re election team's strategy to totally divide Americans: whites vs. blacks, 1% vs. 99%, stay at home moms vs. mothers who work outside the home, people of faith vs. secularists etc. This is all part of the Saul Alinsky 'playbook' which Obama knows so well since he taught a college course on Alinsky!
    Now, Rosen has apologized saying "Let's have peace and end this phony war on women" YET National Dem. Senate Committee is using the phony "war on women" to raise money to keep its majority (just look at their website) and Nancy Pelosi is doing the same thing! And of course, the 'mainstream media' keeps pushing it. How can anyone not see what Obama is doing?!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  89. Leta

    NO DAMAGE AT ALL. Hilary Rosen was 100% right, should never have apologized.
    My husband and I decided I stay home for our daughter, a lot of sacrifice with one income,
    but it turned out our daughter is very successful in her career – her success is our happiness.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  90. Mr. D

    Was she talking about Obama? I think it is past time that people keep their opinions to themselves. But then again, maybe Mitt needs more of these "faux pas" to get elected this year. This was a good start.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  91. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much damage did Obama supporter Hilary Rosen do when she said Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life"?

    I personally do not see what the hoopla is all about. Women who do not hold paying jobs have always been considered as never working a day in their lives, when in fact they do. Even GOP leader Rush Limbaugh has said that stay at home women don't work. So where is the outrage about that?

    I can tell you that as a Liberal and a woman I've admire women who are stay at home moms and enjoy it. It is really hard work. I however was a better mom working outside the home and taking care of my family as well. I needed that outlet.

    Knowing that I wouldn't get the same pay or promotional opportunities as my male counterparts since it was expected women to care for sick children or when daycare or school was closed, I still chose to work outside the home. I would be nice if fathers would take equal responsibility for their children as women, but they don't.

    Many American women would love to be stay at home mom's, taking care of their children but finances do not afford them that option. And if you take away finanical support (subsidized daycare) then many women would be forced to leave their jobs to care for their child by going on full welfare. We can not afford that for our nation.

    Maybe members of Congress, Senate and those running for president should remember that verses the montra of CUT, CUT, CUT.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  92. jason

    it is true she never work a day in her life .........................

    April 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  93. Dolores Surprise AZ

    I am a Democrat and I must say that if Ann Romney worked, she would be taking a job away from someone who really needs to work and obviously she doesn't need a job. There is nothing wrong with staying home with your family if you are financially able to do so.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  94. Noel Sivertson, Roswell, New Mexico.

    Not much damage at all. How can a person who has never known or been near poverty; a person who has never had to struggle; a person who's financial well being is assured for life; possibly know anything about what so many men and women are facing today? I think most of us who are not in the one percent, and who are not Republicans, get it and agree with Hillary Rosen.

    It's kind of like saying Dick Cheney has 'never spent a day as a soldier in his life' as he sends our sons and daughters off to war.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Riley ODay

    No damage. Everyone is aware of the Romney wealth, and assume the wife did not work physically hard . I believe they DO NOT realize what it takes to survive on wages.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  96. Larry in Houston

    How much damage did Obama supporter Hilary Rosen do when she said Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life"?
    Answer : To be Perfectly Honest, In My Opinion, I have a heck of a lot of Respect for Hillary Rosen. She has apologized in the situation room, with Blitzer, and explained herself. She didn't attack a stay – at – home – Mom. She admitted the fact that her choice of words wasn't the greatest, and that's why I have Total Respect for that Lady.

    Jack – after hearing Hillary Rosen yesterday afternoon – I woke up from a dream last night – – dreamt that Arianna Huffington was our President – Hillary Rosen was our Vice President – and Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the Secretary of State. (no wonder I woke up in a cold sweat)

    April 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  97. Katbird

    Are you kidding me? That was not an apology! That was "Geez, I let out a stinker, and I'm in trouble. Boohoo for me. Guess I'll float a half-apology and see if that works." Sure, it’s harder to both raise a family and work outside the home. But the kids sure are better off having a full-time parent at home! I stayed home for the first 11 years while my kids were very young, then got a full-time job. That is hell, let me tell ya. trying to please a crabby boss with no kids (a woman), keep the kids on track with their schoolwork, sports, music, etc, while trying to get 3 decent meals in them every day, was extremely hard. My hat is off to all Moms, “working” or no. When you stay at home with them, you eat a lot of peanut butter, wear old clothes, drive an old beater or walk, and never have a great vacation. so you sacrifice the goodies to raise the kids. That’s the trade-off. Good for Mrs Romney for raising five great sons! She also did so while fighting some very serious illnesses. See if the phony Ms Rosen could do all that!! Studid, phony apology. Let’s focus on real issues, indeed. You are a mean, small woman, Hilary Rosen.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  98. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    Rosen was sent out there to create a distraction from Obama's poor record in his 3 years in office, then comes out today and says it was conservatives who created this problem for her as a distraction from Romney's record, her spin is so badly crafted I have to wonder if she takes her talking points from Jack Cafferty. Sorry Jack.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Ed in California

    Just watch Wolf interview her and she is not only unrepentant but alludes to how dirty this campaign will get. And she expects the world to RESPECT HER???

    April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  100. Ed Truncale / Erial, NJ

    Enough aready. I have 3 men that are drivers for my company and they all are single parents raising their children and working a full time job. I hate to break it to you, but this is not just a womens issue anymore. My wife and I both worked and we both raised our children. It takes a team to raise a family. The fortunate teams are those that have two players. I can't imagine having done this alone, man or woman.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  101. Jeff In Minnesota

    I'm sure David Axelrod and company are asking HiIary Rosen to get off their side. What in the world possessed her to say such a rude remark is beyond me. I thought she was smarter than that, but obviously she's one of "those" women who sees motherhood and raising a family as somehow demeaning. And sadly, that is one of the most terrible outcomes of feminist movement, that motherhood and raising a family is somehow a bad thing to be looked down upon.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  102. julia eddy

    Rosen was correct, Mrs Romney never depended on her own job to support her family. Millions of American workers know, families depend on them alone.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  103. Andre R. Newcomb

    Did she have nannies and housekeepers helping her besides those 9 months of her life?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Mitoosense Ft Lauderdale Florida

    Many people work hard but are not subordinate to any employer. Farmers being the first to come to mind. If you raise a family and put a roof over your head and never asked for help from the government for grants,gifts and loans your better than most

    April 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  105. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    She gave Romney somewhat of a lifeline to women. But he'll screw it up. I'll give him 24hrs.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  106. Albert

    Hilary was 100% correct, Ann Romney knows nothing about about how hard it is for the true working woman , being a millionaire with all the help in the world money can buy is hardly a hardship, this is simply the Romney camp spinning nothing into something , seems the Romey camp is a little desperate

    April 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  107. Gigi Oregon

    I'm afraid the rich Republican leaders have been out of touch with the people since President Reagan. I was a stay at home Mom and it is hard work. And my hats I had to wear to raise the kids were many. My daughters who married in the eighties and had to go to work to help put bread on the table, gas in the car and to pay for kid's sports (which were free in my day). Hilary Rosen should be praised for opening their eyes. A rich stay at home mom would be my idea of a perfect job. As a middle class Mom it was hard on a small buget but rewarding. To have been a rich mom would have been heavan...

    April 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  108. Gail, Plano TX.

    Since when are you penalized and crucified for telling the truth?
    Ann Romney has lived a charmed life. Never having to work outside of her home, she does not have a clue how a middle or lower class woman struggle. Considering all the filth thrown at the President by her husband, this is small potatoes.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  109. Morgan, Fort Washington MD

    This commet will be forgotten by next week. How is it that one Democrat seemingly speaks the mind of the entire Democratic Party? Should CNN offer an apology, because she is a paid contributor? Of course not. This is one person's opinion that the Republican's are trying everything they can in their power to gain sympathy votes in order to close the gap in the Women vote between President Obama and Governor Romney. It's politics as usual and the fact of the matter is that we need to be concentrating on the stance of the candidates on the issues plaguing this country and none of this political fodder.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  110. andrew in pinehurst

    Jack,

    Of the 800,000 people who have lost jobs since President Obama took office, 92% were women! Hilary's behavior was no different than that of all White House mouth pieces. When anyone disagrees with the President, he and his spokespersons respond with personal attacks. But why would that surprise anyone? Personal attacks have become the standard by this administration. Think how bad it would have been if President Obama had not made such a positive change in Washington!

    April 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  111. Thom Richert is

    I hope none. It is such a farce. Try raising 7 kids with a waitress job and no husband and then I would say she knows what work is. Raising five kids is not an easy task for anyone but I can tell you this, it is one hell of a lot easier with a husband, a family network, and a billion dollars at your disposal. She had homes, not just A home, bills paid, food on the table more than likely a household staff, insurance, money for education, a vehicle or three or four to drive, money for gas, clothing, heat and utilities paid for and didn't go to work every day besides. No, it isn't easy raising five children but for some it is a lot easier than most mothers...and fathers. Try doing it without your own home, no autos, a $2.50 an hour job, no central heating, and monthly rent, food and utility bills. Then you can tell me how hard it is. Romney had it made and she and the media can't spin it no matter how they try.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  112. Phyllis Greco

    I would love to work as hard as Ann Romney did staying at home in a multi-million dollar home (or several homes) with a complete staff to help her and never having to worry about money. She has no idea what staying at home raising a sick child is like when money is tight and you have to choose between heat, food or medicine. Poor Ann!

    April 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  113. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    How many people got fired at Mitt's companies, which had to have forced stay-at-home-mothers to go back to work, just to enrich the Romneys. Sorry, no pity for her here.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  114. Vicki Green

    I'm very upset Mr. Blitzer. The democrats aren't the only ones throwing Hilary Rosen under the bus. Complete Ms. Rosen's comment. She is speaking of women who don't have a choice. Women who must work and contribute to the family's income, because they have no other CHOICE.

    Ms. Romney is speaking of choices. Ms. Rosen is speaking of necessity. Choices are wonderful. Ms. Romney is blessed to have had the choice to be a stay at home mom. I didn't have a choice, when it came to raising my son as a single parent or bread winner. I had to roll with the punches and keep plugging at a better future for myself and my son. If I had a hard time making my life better as a woman, breadwinner, mother, then I could not make my son's life better.

    Ms. Rosen is speaking of the women who have to contribute to the finances (with a mate) and women who have to due to being thrust into the "head of household" position. I was married 2 years, before my ex-husband and I decided to have a child. I was 6 months pregnant when my husband decided that he no longer wanted to be married or saddled with responsibilities of a child and wife.

    Ms. Romney has never been in that sort of position. That is what Ms. Rosen is speaking of. Having a choice of raising your child as a stay at home mom or contributing financially in order to survive and thrive are (both) important, but there is a difference between "A Choice" and "Necessity". Mr. Blitzer I love watching you and more than likely I won't stop, but come on, you know what Ms. Rosen meant. You stop throwing her under the bus. You're too intelligent for that and so are women. Politicians, Democrats, People pay attention and stop trying to be so politically correct.

    As Ms. Romney has said (pertaining to comments concerning repubublicans and women) stop making something out of nothing (paraphrasing). We have to stop taking everything so literally. Ms. Romney try taking your own advice. Both parties are guilty and so is the media.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  115. Ahmad R. Mallard

    This situation amplifies a growing problem in American politics. As I listened to the Hilary Rosen's comments, I understood everything she was saying. She never attacked Ann Romney or stay at home moms. She was attacking Mr. Romney's choice to involve his wife with workforce issues, and insinuating that she is an expert on women handling the task of being a mother and a member of the American work force. I admire Hilary Rosen for apologizing to the people that responded emotionally and not logically to her comments. Sure Ann Romney can share what women are telling her, but she can not relate to the struggles of working (at home and in the workforce) women if she never managed the task of being a member of the American workforce while handling various issues at home as a mother.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  116. Greg Rice

    Rosen was on point.

    Unfortunately, the truth hurts!

    The Romney campaign folks will use this as an attempt to paint the DEMS as being out of touch.

    GET REAL!

    Do they really believe the politics of this will encourage the millions of stay-at-home mothers to get on The Romney Election Train........LOL!

    Do these folks (Republican Campaign Manipulators) really think that the American public is that stupid?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  117. Jeff Wiley

    It remains to be seen how much damage the comment might make. But Romney should be careful. When you open the can of worms of working moms and choice of working or raising children, you are also opening the issue of privilege. Many moms do not have a "choice" of whether to stay home or not. Paying the bills often preempts that choice. And today, moms who have stayed home for years are having to find work because their husbands have been laid off and cannot find a living wage job. This is on top of living in homes that are worth less than the family owes, rising tuition rates, and prospects for their children if they do not go to college. How many of those has Ann Romney had to face? And we are not even talking about being able to afford childcare and servants to help raise your children.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  118. Jenny Sills

    Ms. Rosen did about a much damage to the Romney campaign as that other Hilary (Clinton) did to her husband's when said she could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas. The woman raised 5 children BOYS no less. I think It might be about itime mothers are financially compensated for our job of raising children. I would like my salery based on the numbers of hour I work in addition to the number of hours I spend worrying and praying for them.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  119. lynnej in nc

    None because anyone with a brain knew what she meant.

    Mrs. Romney hasn't had to deal with affordable daycare or standing on her feet waiting tables for 8 hours a day with the bulk of her tips being needed to pay for survival.

    When you can write a check and make things happen, raising 5 kids is easy.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  120. ftp,kansas

    jack,mrs rosen was SPOT ON!!!! who the hell does the romneys think they are?!?! ann romney is not goin to tell you that had nannies and servants(more than likely illegals cuz thats the american way) take that life of luxury away and put her in the middle of the ghetto with 5 kids, no father, no food, no2 caddies and no income then talk to me about how strong a woman SHE IS. TEAM HILLARY!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  121. Paul - North Carolina

    About as much damage as a Giants fan who bad mouths the Jets' quarterback. After all the outrageous, over-the-top, aburd comments made by Republican candidates and their surrogates on talk radio and the Republican Propaganda Network, Rosens statements is just more excrement in the same latrine. The only reason it will be blown far out of proportion is because the righties have cornered the market on whining. If they want civil discourse they should stsrt by putting muzzles on Limbaugh, Hannity and the rest.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  122. JB, Soldotna, AK

    So raising a family and caring for ones husband is at last considered not to be a form of work by the far left self seeking Obama Sheeeeeeeeeple now?
    Make no mistake i consider Romney the Absolute Very Same as Obama, which means we are still in deep dodo and face absolutely No Hope in man once again no matter which side one is on.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  123. Tina from WI

    I doubt this will impact the election much, but it does make me wonder why we are so intent on labeling each other in the most demeaning ways. I'm an Obama supporter and if he'd have said it I'd be angry, and I am utterly angry that Rosen said it. The notion that we are only as valuable as our paycheck is part of the problem in this country. The idea that how much you make somehow dictates your intelligence or work ethic is faulty. Also, how can we as women be angry about disrespect from men when we are doling it out to each other?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  124. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack, don't you have any other news to report on? This is much ado about nothing. I understood Rosen to mean that Ann Romney never worked in a job that paid wages/a salary. Ann Romney had the luxury of being able to afford to choose to stay home to raise Mitt's children. That's a tough job, but it isn't paid work. Rosen should have phrased it better, or should have clarified her statement sooner. The distinction she was trying to make is that Ann Romney hasn't got a clue what working women who have children are facing. Most mothers who are working today are working because the family needs their salaries–to pay the rent/mortgage, to put food on the table, to pay for health insurance, to put gas in the car. Without women's salaries, those families can't make ends meet, and they'd be out of their homes, and can't feed their kids. That isn't the case with Ann Romney–she never had to worry about how the bills would be paid or whether there would be enough money for groceries. I don't fault her or envy her for having that choice. That is a choice many working mothers would love to have, but don't because they're not married to multi-millionaires.

    And no, this will not hurt President Obama. Why should it? Rosen doesn't work for the White House, isn't on the President's staff, nor does she work for his campaign. Her points of view are hers; she isn't speaking for the President. Why are you trying to pin this on the President?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  125. Evelyn

    Jack,
    I doubt Ann Romney has cleaned a toilet,mopped a floor or for that matter even cooked a meal. Rich people have maids ,housekeepers.nannies and people to care for the yards .Yet the working woman do it all and plus hold down a full time job.Many times getting very little sleep while helping with homework or a sick child..The Romney's are way out of touch with the average American family.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  126. Cparalph

    Look people make employment and family decisions and they both have consequences. I got married while I was in college and my wife and I decided that it was critically important for someone to stay home with and raise the kids that we hoped to have, as I was the more naturally academic inclined we decided it would be me who worked outside the home during the day and she worked in the home and then we both worked together at night and weekends. We knew that the decision we were making would have economic consequences and that we might not have as nice a car or house or vacations as we would like, but we figured the trade off was worth it. Now as it has turned out (largely because of the lack of stress that I have about how things are going with my family and home, entirely due to my wife's efforts) my career has been pretty successful financially and we have lived frugally so we don't have alot of financial stress but the early years were kind of rough.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  127. Susan From Montana

    Open mouth, insert foot. People just don't learn that what they say in front of the media will be beaten like a drum over and over and over again, thereby causing it to grow into a giant steamy pile of you know what. Damage, none. If you are going to be in the public eye you had better not be wearing your heart on your sleeve. Just another example of someones opinion that should have been kept to themselves.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  128. maggie

    Why is the media crucifying Hilary Rosen on the situation room. She simply stated the obvious about Ann Romney. She did it in a non demeaning manner. We all know that Ann is more than a bit weathy...good for her. She didnt have to work for pay like most of us and that IS simply stating the obvious. Whats wrong with saying it like it is! Who are the media pandering to by smearing Hilary relentlessly...Come on lighten up this is ridiculous. What she said was right on period! Maggie in Montreal

    April 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  129. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Jack, I won't pretend to understand the reasons behind Rosen's remark, for the fact that I know some stay-at-home mothers, including and especially my own mother. However, Rosen was right in saying that Mitt Romney should not have brought his wife into his campaigns, as now that makes her a target, as well as making Michelle Obama the target of negative remarks from Republicans. There should be a clear-cut, set in stone agreement between potential candidates that family is strictly off-limits.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  130. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    This will be forgotten by November Jack. I remember Michelle Obama saying "This is the first time I've been proud of America" caused some problems but was overlooked come Election Day. The president is more favorable for women and that 20 point gap may come down a bit but not enough to cause the president to lose sleep over it.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  131. El Grande

    Clearly this choice for most American women is to either work (i.e. spend less time with your children) or let the family starve; rather than Ann's choice either being a millionaire or the wife of a billionaire.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  132. judi in Florida

    Rosen IS right. Romney's wife probably didn't ever work a day in her life and probably had nannies, housekeepers, gardeners, and babysitters to help with what she did do, but does Mittt Romney have to have his wife tell him what women are saying on the campaign trail. He is out of touch with women. period.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  133. Jamie

    Nest to none. Anne Romney had "The Choice" to stay at home. She deserves a lot of credit. It would be nice if her husband cared about the women who don't have a "choice" but work outside and inside the home while trying to hold their families together.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  134. Michael Pacholek, East Brunswick, NJ

    No damage at all was done. Anyone who would vote for Romney because of this was already going to vote for him. Obama still wins overwhelmingly among women because women know both Romneys are out of touch, unable to understand the nonrich, and completely phony.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  135. Daniel Edwards, Atlanta

    Any critically thinking person would understand that Hilary Rosen's comments weren't an attack on "stay at home moms." It's just hard to get advice from a woman(Ann Romney) who is a "stay at home mom" because her family is wealthy. There are millions of women in America that raise 5+ kids and work a job because they have to. Those are the women Mitt Romney should be talking to. That's all she was saying. All I've heard from conservatives today is that women deserve the right to chose and they shouldn't be chastised for their decisions. Of course they failed to mention that a women's rights to chose doesn't apply to abortion, but only to things that help them push their agenda.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  136. thebenstacey

    Should not have done any damage. Intelligent people understand exactly what she was saying. She was pointing out that Ann Romney is not in a position to relate to other women that DO NOT have the choice economically to stay home. She was NOT attacking stay at home mothers! It is shameful that even the media that should report facts has jumped on the spin bandwagon. Shameful.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  137. Ben

    None. It's true. We all understand that motherhood is a difficult job, but you have to admit it is not the same skill-set as running a multi-million dollar company. Just because you are a mom, doesn't mean you have an MBA. And if the person who you say is your expert on women in the workforce is someone who has never been in the workforce – isn't that a pertinent point to address?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  138. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    is this really a big deal? is it worse that someone calls the president a communist? or that he never owned a business. This is such petty ............ everyone, just get over it

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  139. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    None. Anything a democrat says is ok. It's only an issue if a Republican says it. I'm surprised you even reported it.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  140. Bonnie

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

    April 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  141. Debbie Keller

    Leave Hilary Rosen alone. For God's sake, she said absolutely nothing wrong. And, by the way, Wolf really did not treat her nicely in their interview a short while ago.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  142. Ron from NEBR.

    I think what she really meant to say was Ann Romney's husband has never worked a day in his life!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  143. Debby Govenor, Maine

    The only mistake Rosen made was not adding the words "outside the home". And Ann Romney needs to realize that not many women have the choice of whether or not to work outside the home. AND she needs to realize that there are more choices than 'staying at home and raising children or working and raising children'. There is also the choice of NOT having them at all!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  144. Phil

    I'm sure having 5 boys kept several nannies busy. She should try being a working single mother without health insurance.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  145. Sarah Bradley

    I think that it will blow over and I also think that it was taken out of context....I watched the interview live and I never got a working mom vs stay at home mom feel from the coment. I agree with what Rosen said. and I also have been a stay at home mom and a working mom.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  146. SaneCanadian

    God forbid you should speak the truth. Who among us did not know what Rosen meant by 'work'? The woman never drew a paycheck. Does that clear things up? Should Mitt really defer to her on issues of women in the workplace???

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  147. B.J

    Who cares , its the truth

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  148. Louis Hardin

    Hilary Rosen did not go too far. Ann Romney put herself on the public stage therefore opening herself up to criticism. It wasn't like Hilary Started trash talking Ann while she was sitting at home feeding a baby, no she was on the campaign trail with her husband.
    Houston

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  149. Catherine

    Hilary Rosen's damage was to herself and her apology was insincere, done in an attempt to get herself out of "hot wanter." CNN should seriously consider the problems associated with employing commentators like Ms. Rosen.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  150. Drus Mom

    Here is a true statement:
    Mrs. Mint Raw Money has only worked one job in her life. See for those of us that do not have a choice, going to work is our second job.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  151. frank dileo

    No damage as far as im concerned. Rosen is right!!! How many people nowadays can say "nah forget it i dont want a job" sure she worked so hard raising those kids but all the bills were paid no worries. i wish i was a woman so i can find a rich guy and have that job...my life would be so much easier

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  152. deetrek

    I understood what Hilary meant. She was right. Mrs. Romney stated she had a "Choice". I never had the choice to be a stay at home Mom – and I did not want to go out to work, but had to, and believe me, it was not easy to both work outside the home and come home and continue to work – getting up at 2 am to sick children, worrying about having money to pay for their health care and praying they would not get sick because I didn't have health care. When you have the money to make a Choice to stay home, it must be really nice. Sorry – when you are as wealthy as the 1% in this country – you forget how hard the rest of us have to work. They should try it for a month – they would not make it without their maids and nannys and bank accounts.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  153. Ben from Canada

    It's a shame how the media uses a magnifying glass to hype a ridiculous story like this. I wish that CNN would spend at least half as much time focusing on some of the awful things that people like Rep. Allen West and other Tea Partiers say, including throwing around words like 'Nazi'. Ms. Rosen has apologized, but it seems like everyone wants nothing short of a public stoning before they are satisfied!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  154. Merilyn, Columbus OH

    Rosen should not be crucified for making the point that a multi-millionaire wife cannot understand the problems of a woman who can't afford to take a sick kid to the doctor or who leaves home when she is sick because she is afraid of being fired from her $20,000 per year job.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  155. Paula K Orlando, FL

    The stay at home Mom vs the work outside the home Mom is almost as old as I am (and I'm not young). Hilary Rosen put her foot in it and she should apologize.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  156. Carmel

    OMG – We need to stop kidding ourselves – Ann Romney didn't have a housekeeper? Probably nannies? It's true – she hasn't worked a day in her life and she does not know what regular people have to contend with – no worries about health insurance – losing a job and insurance together – losing her home – if Romney doesn't want her in the firing line he should stop saying he asks her about what women want – if he doesn't know what 50% of the population wants he shouldn't be running for president.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  157. Lillith Keys

    Damage to whom? To the democratic party, none. To Hilary Rosen, a bunch. But get over it, the real issue is Romney, and Hilary Rosen isn't a spokeperson for Obama. Romney doesn't feel for women, his wife has health issues sure, but it's about women who struggle everyday and neither of them can understand. Such a fuss over a stupid comment. STOP!!!!! Really, STOP.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  158. jpaullanier

    Face it, Rosen. You've revealed your inept and mean-spirited character. As an Obama supporter, I hope you never advise another Democrat or visit the White House again.

    Paul
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  159. Dana

    No harm to the campaign.Most supporters of Obama has two jobs because we work and raise kids. I think there was no harm done to his campaign. I would love to be priviledge enough to stay at home instead of working. Rosen should not have said it but we all agree with the sentiment.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Kellie

    I don't believe Hilary Rosen's comments should have impacted any campaign. There is too much attention being put on Ann Romney! Ultimately, Mitt Romney taking advice from his wife on women who are struggling is ridiculous. It's one thing to struggle medically and a completely different thing to struggle financially. Her grandfather may have had hard times but that doesn't mean she struggled as a jobless single mother trying to feed her children! Why doesn't Mitt reach out to women around this country who really do know what it's like to struggle financially and she them he truly cares!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  161. Vinny Giancana

    Not much damage done at all and the polls will reflect this. Only the very uneducated or unintelligent would confuse what was said. Ann Romney had nannies and maids. She's a working mother like Newt Gingrich is a great businessman (How's that bankruptcy going, Newt?).....the statement made by Rosen is no more offensive than saying Mitt is out of touch with the working class.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  162. Jonah from Pittsburgh

    Rosen caused little if any damage from her comment, Jack. Blunders like these even when made by the candidate themselves are out of sight and out of mind within a week, let alone November. There are too many real issues this election year for anyone in their right mind to be hinging their vote on the thoughtless remarks of supporters, and if that were the case, Mitt Romney would be in far deeper trouble than Barack Obama anyway.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  163. shelby

    No damage on either side. It's nice that Ann Romney could stay home to raise her chldren and she probably had a lot of help, but some of us could not choose to stay home. We had to work AND raise chldren. Leave the wives out of this ugly campaign.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Michael in Baldwinsville,NY

    Ms. Rosen did plenty of damage to her reputation and should have more difficulty getting work as a political advisor/campaign manager after a statement like that but I don't think it will hurt President Obama any.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  165. John Spokane WA

    Jack, this is why Obama will lose in November.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Karen Delaney

    Hiliary Rosen did NOT go to far...for those of us moms who stay home because we can or because we have to ...we simply don't have hundreds of millions of dollars at our command. I can not in any way shape or form compare myself as mother of two (one of which is autistic)to the elite Mrs. Romney. I simply cannot look at her as if she's a peer......she's lovely but she simply does have the best chances in everything..... raising 5 boys in the lap of luxury with sailboats and cadillacs , mansions and the best schools, simply can't make you the joan of arc of moms.........come to my house for a day and find out what raising kids REALLY costs!!!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  167. Jan Chrzanowski

    Much ado about nothing. Stop playing the clip of Hillary – Stop playing the clip of Ann. It's over!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  168. Merilyn, Columbus OH

    Rosen should not be crucified for making the point that a multi-millionaire wife cannot understand the problems of a woman who can't afford to take a sick kid to the doctor or who leaves home to go to work herself when she is sick because she is afraid of being fired from her $20,000 per year job.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  169. Vickey

    What a shame for a woman to offer such a shallow and unthinking comment about another woman – regardless of politics.

    To try to skewer Mitt by attacking her wife? Poor choice. I've not seen a more graceful woman of strength and dignity that Ann Romney.

    Ann Romney has money. Michelle Obama has money. They're both mothers. Both would agree that it's WORK to be a mother. Rosen would have done well to pick up her shovel – quickly- and move away from the pit, instead of digging herself more deeply into the hole.

    This event will pass. But perhaps Ms. Rosen will find herself with much less clout than she may have previously imagined.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  170. chiggi

    She's correct. I'd love to stay home and raise the kids. Is it work, yes. Is it as much work as the real working world, no, absolutely not. ... and to say that staying at home to raise children is the equivalent of working out of the home, rests on the assumption that men do not help with raising the children. Most do help and so work both outside and inside the home. I'm calling this one out even if the politically correct thing is to say staying at home is working. Sorry, it's not.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  171. Richard Paddock

    I notice that you go to great pains in your commentary to identify this or that statement by Rosen's critics. Rosen's original statement was also accurate: Ms. Romney never had a salaried position in her life. I do not deny that she had a hard, toil-filled life; she did not bring home any bacon.

    Once again, piling on, and giving the right a pass.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  172. Pamela Niles

    None. None at all. Neither Hillary Rosen nor Ann Romney will be a deciding factor for Mitt Romney's elect-ability; women are smarter than that. This is just another made-up media story that is empty, pointless and silly. Rosen made one comment, factual on its face, and the world flipped over? I don't think so. Cafferty–you're wrong about Rosen.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  173. steven Gunning

    It is clear that the Romneys have hired house maids, au pours, servents, day care and everything else to help with their children. These are luxuries average working Americans can not afford but the Romneys can.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  174. Lars, CA

    4/12/12 5:19 PM
    Hilary made an inept statement which nevertheless contained a very significant truth: neither Mitt nor Ann Romney anytime in their adult lives EVER had to be particularly worried about their personal financial welfare. But that doesn't prevent either of them from making ridiculous broad generalizations about the financial predicament of others – particularly women. Given her total absence from the workforce (and yes, women without priviledge have to work through their illnesses), and his repeated attacks toward equal pay for women and women's health, they are both open to criticism when Mitt uses her as an asset in his campaign. And on those topics, what's the chance Wolf Blitzer will make any attempt to address those particular issues with Romney or Ann with the kind of venom and resolve he used toward Hilary R.? The answer is not likely.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  175. Linda Rich

    Such a non-issue. Obama is not responsble for nor does he control what Hilary Rosen says. However, she is correct that Ann Romney is no more in touch with the every day problems of working or stay at home mothers than her husband is. The media is just trying to sell their services (including you).

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  176. Kathy

    I don't have children. I have worked outside my home all my adult life. Yet I am truly insulted by the arrogant remarks of Hillary Rosen. What an elitist! She does not deserve a role as a Dem strategist, nor as a credible CNN commentator.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  177. Gary Franklin

    I agree, families should be off limits. What we do need to remember is it isn't Ann who will be sitting in the oval office making decisions that affect all Americans. I, for one, don't want her husband making them either.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  178. ALTHEA VAN DER WAL

    I think it will make a great difference with conservative women and bring them to the polls. It will effect the campaign or the Democrats wouldn't be throughing Hilary Rosen under the bus. MT. Vernon , MO

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  179. Rick from Ohio

    I doubt that it will hurt President Obama too much. These discussions over who works and what work is come up every election. It gives us all heart burn and we would have a lot less if the candidates, the media and voters would focus on policy and actual statements from the candidates rather than seek to destroy the other candidate's family or character. Both parties do this and we really need to debate some serious issues from the economy to entitlements and the deficit. So all of us should just stop, take a breath and focus on issues.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  180. JJones

    Simply put...NONE! Everybody needs to drop it!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  181. bill

    It's no big deal. Don't people spouses sometime disagree with each other. Stop making a big deal out of nothing

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  182. Chris - North Dakota

    Jack,
    It seems pretty obvious Rosen was talking about Ann Romney never actually doing any work outside the home. She relied on Mitt to make money to pay the bills. Raising your own kids is a hard job, but a majority of women in this country raise their kids at the same time as working a full time job to pay the bills. If Ann wants to stick her neck out so far to help her husband campaign, she's fair game to criticize.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  183. Kenny Ojo

    Truth is actually bitter. She never had a paycheck. So everybody raise his/her kids and that is not equal to working. Or has the definition 'working' changed because of Ann Romney? Raising kids is a duty and not a job.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  184. Wes

    Women run the house holds, women run the world. If you disagree you don't live with one. The take away here is that her having never worked is her being in the BUBBLE. But once again we focus on the drama and not the context and substance of her statement. Dual income households should stand with Hilary.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  185. Maureen

    She used the wrong words. Who is not guilty of that in this election. Romney is an awful excuse for a human being. He drags his wife around and as such he must endure the attacks against her as well. She may have fought off Breast Cancer and MS but I am sure that there are women who also work and bring up kids. They can not afford to drive 2 cadillacs and also probably can not afford Health Insurance like Mrs. Romney.She is just another 5 minute wonder (news wise) and will I hope fade away soon.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  186. John

    Are you serious? Being a stay at home mom or dad isn't a actual job! There's no W2 needed, there's no income. (Yes it's work). I own a business if you came and told me I've been a stay at home mom I'm qualified to run your business I would laugh. Raising kids isn't a Job it's a life. She didn't have to work because her husband made a forture cutting people. Him and her are both as fake as they come.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  187. Nancy Harris

    Hilary Rosen was absolutely correct in the intent of her statement. Obviously both parties are going to play upon her words instead of the intent of her words. She is far more priviledged that most of the American public. I strongly doubt that she raised those kids without any help, whether it be housekeeper, nannies, cooks, or other types of help. The point of this is that Mitt Romney needs to stop using his wife for sympathy votes. While writing this post I was watching Romney praise his wife for battling both MS and breast cancer. While I wish those diseases on no one, I also deplore the use of her illnesses as a campaign tool. Disgusting what political campaigns have become. I will vote(Independent or Democrat) but strongly wish that in addition to voting FOR a candidate I could also vote AGAINST this particular candidate.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  188. Pat in Rutherfordton, NC

    Ann Romney is probably a wonderful woman and mom, but lots of women with cancer have worked outside the home and raised a family at the same time. The best thing Mrs. Romney can do for her husband is shut-up and go home. The women I know, despite the fact they admit she has her virtues, do not identify with her any more than they identify with him. Perhaps their five boys should do the speeches for their father; Ann makes her husband look like a whimp.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  189. Amitabh Bachchan from Avon

    It is an example of media making a mountain out of a molehill, and political correctness taking over the facts! If you watch the whole clip, Rosen was correct in pointing out that Mrs. Romney does not have any experience in 'ECONOMICS' of being a woman in this day and age. But thanks to the crazy media and politicos going nuts Rosen had to backtrack and apologise for a perfectly legitimate comment. Mrs. Romeny has no idea of what it is like to be earn $32K per year, and raise two children? Does she? If not, she, media, and politicians, should not fake outrage.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  190. Alex H.

    This will have no effect, other than to give the right a day or two of misplaced hope. Cover another topic, this is simply election year political posturing, and America knows it.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  191. Rosalyn L.

    What is all the fuss about? Is there no "real" news to report? Rosen apologized for her comment being taken wrong. What more can she do? Get over it. Ms. Romney should be offended only if she truly thought she was an expert on economics.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  192. Mike

    Perhaps instead if hammering on Mitt Romney for being rich we should appreciate him for being able to provide his childern a stay home Mom. Is this another attack from the left on another American institution?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  193. Kate from Phoenix

    Ann Romney is fair game. She is being used daily by the campaign, in the same way that Michelle Obama is fair game. She's sending me letters about supporting her husband. I know where Hilary was coming from. She is a working Mom, as in working both in and outside the home. Most women do. Yes, Ann Romney has fought off disease and raised five sons – but with a lot of help, not to mention money. You can't tell me it isn't easier to do both when you're not worried about how you're going to pay the mortgage, or make time for your kids when you have to work until 6 or 7 at night outside the home. Once again, mostly men making comments about how and what women do. Back off you, guys. We working women – as in working both in and outside the home – know what Hilary meant.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  194. LJ

    I have had to raise 3 children (2 daughters and 1 son) for the most part by myself. Let me tell you this is a full time job, not to mention having to travel and being away from home a lot during this time. So Mrs. Romney definitely had a full time job raising 5 children and dealing with all of the other situations in her life. For one, I admire her and her stamina.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  195. Mark

    Granted, raising children is a full time job no doubt. Health struggles aside, Ann Romney does not really know what struggling is. Sorry thats incorrect, she struggles daily with which of the cars to use ( where other women use the bus ). She stuggles with which stock to sell " just to make it by " ( where other women use food stamps to feed their children ). She struggles with schedueling nannies, if she uses them, parties, fund raisers etc etc ( where other women try to juggle jobs, having to rely on the child to walk home on their own in a vless favorable neighbourhood and so on ) if Romney is using Ann as a benchmark for how women view the economy and family struggles, he is in big trouble as hes missing 70 % of the other women in the US

    April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  196. Jo

    None this is a NON issue spired on by the MEDIA Waste of Air time .

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  197. Yuri from florida

    Damage to Obama campaign? What damage? Lets get some facts straight. First and foremost many people in this country have health issues. Many women in this country have more than 2 children. Most women in this country work, take care of children, do house chores and still find room to be wives to their husbands. Most of those women live on an income that is exponentially less than that of Romney's house hold. It is great that she has overcome her health issues and that she has raised her children while being a stay at home mom. It is also true that "she has never worked" comment is true to spirit of the conversation. You can't tell me that stay at home moms work harder than any other mom who ALSO has children and ALSO has a full time job... or two like many americans. I just do not see how comment made about her work ethics has any bearing on Obama's campaign. More so... Obama will get a boost in his ratings when he/his wife will disapprove comment that was said.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  198. Tanja Moore, Ga.

    Rosen is completely right in her comments. I know exactly what she meant! So what's wrong with CNN? Rosen was speaking the truth and letting Mitt know he can't use his wife as an expert on women. She cannot relate to hard working sturggling women like me.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  199. Mary

    Oh come on with this nonsense. Anyone with half a brain, knew exactly what Hiliary Rosen meant, wake up women, think, think, think. All women from all walks of life, working or stay at home, deserve respect. So again, think, a working woman with children, don't always have the same choices as Ann Romney. Mrs. Romney, was just plain luckly, she did not have to worry about meeting bills, food on the table, clothes for family, medical expenses. A decent hair cut is out of the question for today's working mothers. We are not all as lucky as Ann Romney, but she is to be respected as a woman. Stick together girls or things will be worse. Who needs Romney?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  200. Dave

    Not Much – you see every one of her children probably has had a nanny – she prob. has never cleaned house or fixed a meal – gardeners, and other household staff do all the work! How many middle class women enjoy that – multiply that by the number o mansions they own. just who are they trying to fool?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  201. Chris - VA

    Jack,
    This will have no effect what so ever on the elections. President Obama will be elected without a problem. I am a Republican in Virginia, and my vote is going to President Obama. The only damage done is the Republican party once again has not brought a candidate to the table that is worth anything. Its just bad news for the Republicans because their own party members are not rallying around him. I hope that this will teach them a lesson!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  202. Marg

    Mitt opened the dialogue and believe me we will be off this subject very soon. Please give women more credit then thinking that this blurp will change our minds about either candidate. We are a lot smarter then that!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  203. Otho Nogo

    How much home help did the Rommeny millions hire to help Ann thru her "hard work day". She wouldn't know hard work
    and won't ever. Lucky her.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  204. mea

    As a mother of 3 small children, I applaud Ann for her dedication to her family. However, I applaud Hilary Rosen for standing her ground, because i don't believe many middle class mothers would really be able to connect with Ann R on anything than her being a mother. I am sure that despite her health battles,n she ever had to choose between paying for daycare, copays for medication and gas...When Ann can relate to women in this fashion...then and only then will I consider her husband for president...

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  205. Dave Saull

    What kind of strategist can she be if she doesn't even remember what happened when mrs Kerry said the same thing about Laura Bush. That comment had a big impact on the Bush re-election. Really bad strategy regardless how many super nannies the Romneys have employed over the years.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  206. Richard Slawson

    Rosen's comment is Rosen's comment. She is a woman and has her own opinion – it will have no effect on the election and absolutely none on the woman vote for President Obama. He didn't tell her to say it, and his comment about not making comments about candidates' spouses is right on the money.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  207. FEED UP

    Good Grief........Move on, she never worked in the work force therefore she hasn't got a clue. She raised her kids with a staff & plenty of money. She had little to worry about. Get on to something important!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  208. Heather

    I don't believe Mrs. Romney can speak for women in America, maybe she should think about that while riding in her garage elevator.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  209. Jane in Phoenix

    ROSEN IS RIGHT!!! Try asking us working mothers who have struggled to put food on the table, struggled to pay childcare and without the help of 4 maids! Give me a break. You have twisted this entire Rosen statement and your driving working women to the polls in droves now so we can vote against this RICH candidate. This will backfire on the Romneys.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  210. Pam Horsham, Pa

    Since she made a decision to stay home and raise her children, maybe she should be the one running for President. I mean afterall, Congress is full of children.....

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  211. Eileen

    You know, if Ann Romney worked at a day care center outside the home, she wouldn't be chastised. No, instead Ann chose to run a day care center at home for her boys and then gets bashed, I raised five daughters at home, then started a career. It can be done. You go Ann. I hope you start a new career in national politics!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  212. Cee.Louisiana

    Hillary Rosen made an error....she apologized...end of story......I will vote for the president,however if Romney wins, i will duly support Ann Romney as my new First Lady with pride.....Thats it....

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  213. ogthug

    Come on Jack everybody knows that Mitt is havibg a hard time connecting to ordinary people including women. He's using his wife to connect to people because he flap out can't.Maybe her words were wrong in some respect, but the point is that Mitt cannot connect to America. He couldn't connect 5 times before and now today he is using his wife as a political pawn to win an election.Hilary you hit the nail on the head!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  214. Linda Henderson, Lansing MI

    I think Ann Romney is right to say it's okay for women to choose to stay home to raise their children. It seems Rosen's comments were directed at her relatability to most women (the 99%ers) who don't have the luxury of that choice. There is a distinction between judgment and critique. I think Rosen was pointing out the distinction between those who have those choices available to them....and those who do not...rather than a judgment on Ann Romney's choice. Would that all women had the ability to make that choice. That is the point...especially when the GOP is undermining women's rights all over this country. Pointing out the difference between Ann Romney's economic situation compared to most women is not elitist...and those who would say it is are protecting the elitism of those privileged few.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  215. Gail, Plano TX.

    Much ado about nothing, Jack!

    Does Mrs Romney wait for a SS check in the amount of $951 like I do each month?
    Has she ever stood on an unemploymenr line?

    Has she ever lived without health insurance?

    Are any of her 3 homes under water?

    There are more important things we can talk about. This is just Cable news milking a story endlessly.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  216. Jim Bailey

    I'm sure Ms. Mitt had a very difficult time when the family only had a few million to work with, Mitt managed the money she managed the household minions....FRIGHTFULLY hard work that eh what?
    Jim Bailey
    Cripple Creek CO

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  217. jatovi

    Why this is such big news, I don't know. It's sad that this is big news, especially when Rush Limbaugh on his radio show insults Mrs. Obama daily, yet never has to analogize. Even worse those who are saying Hilary Rosen did something really bad listen and support Rush Limbaugh.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  218. san boone

    i live in the south and a stay home mom battled cancer, fibromaygia have worked as a cna and raised four kids been on assistance so no ms. romney can not speak for me she has not have to choose to buy food or buy meds or skip going to the dr. becausue you cant afford it this month because you dont have the copayment or the gas money to get there because where i live there is no buses or taixes and if you dont have the co payment the dr. dont see you. i need to see the dr. right now but i dont have the copayment to see him.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  219. Danny

    Unfortunatly Jack some think you can't said loud this days,Hilary Rosen is wright,and she shouldn't apologize for her statement

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  220. Gary from Phoenix

    Mitt Romney seems to be unable to under any question on women's needs or view points and should stop evading an answer to such questions by stating he needs to consult his wife to provide an answer. Both Romneys are totally out of touch with the needs and feelings of the average American.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  221. Kathy from Elgin

    No one can dispute that Ann Romney has had a privileged life style. It's not a "cheap shot" to point out that she has never had to work outside the home. Romney pointed out that she decided to stay home and raise her children. Most American women don't have the same choices Ann Romney has had. Raising children IS hard work but more difficult is raising children AND having to work a full time job . . . without any "help". Many comments by both Romney's illustrate they don't understand the difference between their lives and the lives of common folk. And why should candidate spouses be off limits when the candidate themselves pull them in. Minor children are an entirely different story. They are always off limits.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  222. Brian

    So should the Romney campaign apologize for calling Democratic congressmen communists since after all they are Republicans as is Alen West? Sounds like the same thing to me. That woman is not part of the Obama campaign so this is much to do about nothing. Plus cry us a river, Romney campaign. How many working women would dream of staying at home with their children their children and not worrying about money while gardeners and housekeepers do all the work

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  223. pat kennedy

    The problem I have is how many women complain on being a mother, but it seems to be a career choice for those that want to avoid work. And let's face it men and women work in the home whether there are children or not. Stuff needs to be done every day and in a balanced home both genders render assistance, it ain't all mom, that is a myth.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  224. Cee from Ohio

    There is no way raising 5 children in a wealthy household is working....not like the kind of work where you go to an oppressive company with an abusive boss and you can't quit becaue you need the money and the health insurnace so you can go home and take care of your own 4 kids with no help. Oh and teh days you have very severe health problems that you cannot even talk about because you don't want to get fired....Anne Romney had the best of everything and doesn't know what REAL is like.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  225. leahhoeniges

    The last thing we as democrats need is to be making statements like Hilary Rosen's. This race just got a lot harder now that Mitt will be (the assumed) nominee. I value the fact that my party keeps a clear view of situations and doesn't muddy the water with ignorant comments. And I do not appreciate someone bashing the other side, no matter what party they side with. I think Rosen definitely caused a good amount of damage with her interview. We need all the help we can get and if you can't say anything to help us get reelected, keep your mouth shut!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  226. G. Hayes, Butte, MT

    Rosen's guilty of bad phrasing. And that's all.
    The fact remains that the party that Romney leads is absolutely assaulting women legislatively at the federal and state levels and he's shown no inclination to stop it.
    When Mrs. Romney raises five kids, works two jobs where she's paid less than a man for the same work, battles MS and cancer with no health insurance, cannot get breast cancer screening or preventive care from Planned Parenthood and has to trade in her Cadillacs for a 15-year-old beater she can barely keep on the road to get to work, then I'll believe she can give her husband valid advice on the state of most American working women today.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  227. Paull: Boulder, Co.

    Why everyone is helping the republicans spin this is beyond me Jack. When I said work, I thought she meant work, you know the kind you get a paycheck for every week, and then go home and have to take care of your kids on top of that. What is the world coming to when the obvious is overlooked and the merry go round is allowed to keep spending. There is no way, this woman knows what it's like for the average american woman to work, raise kids, or both. The average american household income is 49k jack, I bet she has that in her shoe closest. The fact is, economic status great effects a persons ability ti raise kids, let alone just their mental state as well. This woman does not know what the average american family, working paycheck to paycheck goes through economical or raising their kids because does not have a foreclosure hanging over her head. She's does however have to deal with the troubles of a million dollar California beach home renovation. Poor abused Romney's facing outrageous criticism.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  228. poppy

    I'd like to know what kind of domestic staff Mrs Romney had while raising her sons. I'd also like to note that having cancer and\or MS is not work. Having cancer and/or MS as a middle class person and trying to get all your medical bills paid is work. As a stay-at-home-mom I really can't say i relate to Ann Romney in the least. She certainly doesn't look like she works as hard as I do. I'd take Hilary Rosen's opinion over yours Jack any day.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  229. Kevin

    While raising children is indeed a difficult and challenging job and should garner everyones respect the fact remains that Ann has never had to worry about paycuts, layoffs, whether or not she will make enough money to pay for her children's education or endure sleepless nights over the economy. Yes she's a mom, but if she were a single working mom then and only then could she be called any kind of expert on the plight of women in this economy. Besides with the kind of income the Romney's enjoy do you really think she raised them without some kind of hired help?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  230. Sam, from California

    Very litlle damage if any. This is politics as usual, I have sat back and watched the right wing Bash our first lady Michelle Obama, and no one in the media came to her defense. Family should be off limits period!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  231. Virginia, Monessen. PA

    Get real. Everyone knows Hilary Rosen meant working "outside the home" and Mrs. Romney is a good mother. Why is it that there is no brouhaha when Republicans call our President a "bully", "stupid" a "liar" and point fingers at him. Perhaps Rosen phrased her comments incorrectly, but for pete's sake quit crucifying this woman.Women who choose to work AND rasie a family in these hard economic times should be our focus.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  232. Myriam from Portland, OR

    How little regard is given to stay-at-home moms! It's hard to believe that a woman can make a comment like this; she should know better. Stay-at-home moms work 24/7. Even if Ms. Romney is rich and can afford to hire some help, she still had to take care of 5 kids and a household. With Mitt Romney running his own business, he probably didn't have much time to help her and all the weight of running the household felt on her shoulders. There is so much involved in running a household that it's absolutely insulting that anyone can utter such a statement. The Obama campaign needs to distance themselves from this comments and this type of supporters.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  233. Motdeg

    Jealousy that's all it amounts to. Hats off to all stay at home mother's. Mine was one and only raised one child, but I know she had to have eyes in the back of her head – no we were and still aren't wealthy. And why would the Romney's be any more out of touch with the the likes of the middle class than the wealthy Obama's? Get your heads out of the sand America.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  234. Chuka in Columbus

    Every mum raises kids whether five or one and that is hard work we agree. What we pretend not to understand in Hillary's comment is that while some people have more than enough materials to cut the coats according to sizes, and really do not have to bother about the availability of the materials; others have to struggle to get the materials and in most cases end up cutting the coats not according to sizes but available materials. Mrs Romney is among the former. The press blows up issues out of proportion, and this charged political atmosphere has not helped matters. For me, this is no big deal.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  235. Joseph from Phoenix, AZ

    The damage done has been by the hands of the media outlets, not Hilary Rosen. This is yet another distraction that takes away from the issues that truly matter. We can not expect all commentators to speak their minds without the occasional semantic slip. Today CNN has uttered "Rosen" more time than "Syria", "North Korea", or "unemployment rate". Let's stop picking up these flavor of the week stories and start focusing on the issues that face this country and the world.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  236. Paull: Boulder, Co.

    Why everyone is helping the republicans spin this is beyond me Jack. When she said work, I thought she meant work, you know the kind you get a paycheck for every week, and then go home and have to take care of your kids on top of that. What is the world coming to when the obvious is overlooked and the merry go round is allowed to keep spinning. There is no way, this woman knows what it's like for the average american woman to work, raise kids, or both. The average american household income is 49k jack, I bet she has that in her shoe closest. The fact is, economic status great effects a persons ability ti raise kids, let alone just their mental state as well. This woman does not know what the average american family, working paycheck to paycheck goes through economical or raising their kids because does not have a foreclosure hanging over her head. She's does however have to deal with the troubles of a million dollar California beach home renovation. Poor abused Romney's facing outrageous criticism.

    Sorry, had to proof read.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  237. Dana in Georgia

    rosen was not attacking stay at home moms. what she said was true, ann romney is in an elite group of women that have the privilege to throw money at problems, when something goes. majority of women have not the resources nor the help that rich women do. rosen was correct, she is not an expert on the economics of women.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  238. lordshipmayhem

    Of course raising 5 kids is hard work – just ask the Romney family nannies.

    But that's not the real point. Ann has not had to raise 5 kids AND worry about putting food on the table. Not only is she not widowed and/or poor – she's incredibly wealthy and had the best assistance money could buy. She doesn't have a clue what it's like to be a working mom in even an average job, because she's never had it.

    I'd doubt if there's been any damage to the Democratic supporters, and only among the wealthy Republican wives who they didn't have support from anyway.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  239. Tamara, Traverse City

    The comment from Hillary Rosen was a big turnoff! Tasteless! Tina from WI said it well.......why do we feel the need to demean and label people based on their socio-economic standing?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  240. Leah in Illinois

    The last thing we as democrats need is to be making statements like Hilary Rosen's. This race just got a lot harder now that Mitt will be (the assumed) nominee. I value the fact that my party keeps a clear view of situations and doesn't muddy the water with ignorant comments. And I do not appreciate someone bashing the other side, no matter what party they side with. I think Rosen definitely caused a good amount of damage with her interview. We need all the help we can get and if you can't say anything to help us get reelected, keep your mouth shut!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  241. Joyce, Georgia

    Are you kidding????? Hilary was right. Give us working women some credit. We raise kids, work full time, (some of us are single moms) and we pay more than 14% in taxes. Ann Romney doesn't have a clue. Stop the politics. It's sickening.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  242. Carl J Friedman

    I understand where Hilery is coming from but also it is hard work bringing up family. My mom psychriatrists had to be mom and dad to one child because dad had problems and it is difficult but Romney Mitt should be able to speak and fend himself on issues if he wants to be president.I am a democrate and yes there are more issues for us to tangle and maybe ann and Hilery go out and talk over politics of life in general.It is also hard for woman to stay home tkae care of kids because dad doesn't really know what's going on until weekends when he is hme observing. Plus both husbands and wife bring home the bacon. Lets move for the interesting issues and have mitt defend himself.
    Carl

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  243. MacMo

    While what Hilary Rosen said appears to be in bad tatse it's an undenying fact that she's not faced the biting econonomic circumstances faced by single mom with 5 or more kids who have to work pay check to pay check and would need government assistance like government paid child care services, food stamps, etc. in the course of their lives. Notwithstanding the fact that caring for 5 kids is a difficult job, it's abundantly clear that Anne with a couple of cardillacs and a bevy of househelps to boot, she is certainlt out of touch with majority of women. It doesn't appear to me that with her privileged circumstances, she understands the issues that majority of women face in this country.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  244. Sam O.

    My wife had three boys, was a student at the same time and work too. Rosen was right Mrs. Romney held no really job outside they million doller home.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  245. Eric from Sacramento, CA

    Jack, This is asinine. I am a stay at home father (which is becoming a higher percentage). Who has also worked as a mechanic all his career life. First, for people to get offended by this comment is fact to how sensitive we are as a society today. "The war on women, the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, the war on how much we complain, whatever the case that day" The point is straight foward. The Ann is financially well set and simply DOES NOT have to work, physically outside her home, a day in her life. NO one claimed raising a child wasnt work; however, taking this comment to a level where its claimed "offensive" is malarkey.
    To answer the original question. No, an intellectual person would NOT deviate from their original opinion about both candidates because of a comment by, who was she again....?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  246. MaryAngeline

    Sorry I agree with Hilary. Ann may have worked hard at home but had the benefit of a very comfortable lifestyle with no financial worries. She has no conception of getting children out the door for school or daycare, rushing to a job that probably barely pays enough to make ends meet at the end of the month, juggling many things with not enough hours in the day, etc. Ann has never experienced this, and she definitely is NOT the average working woman She preferred to stay home and raise their kids, but millions of women do not get that choice. She has never had to work a day in her life at a job outiside her lovely home. This is what Hilary was expressing. It happens to be the truth!!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  247. Chuck from Maryland

    Give Hilary a break Jack. She worded it poorly but her point is still a good one. Ann is no better than Mitt at understanding or relating to women who don't have health insurance and need Planned Parenthood's services, who are unemployed or underpaid, and are being told by the right that they shouldn't have the right to make their own medical decisions. Most of them don't drive a "couple of Cadillacs," have "30 grand" to bet over nothing, and wouldn't even think about putting a car elevator in one of their many garages. Nothing against Ann. She's apparently a wonderful person who has indeed had her share of struggles. She's just a poor choice for the role Mitt has given her.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  248. Belinda Vann from Rio Vista, Ca.

    Dear Jack, i don't really see the major issue with what Ms. rRosen said, she is absolutely right, the lady doesn't know a job if it bit her in the bud. eventhough she grew up without a silver spoon but she married a gold spoon and she never had to do a day's work. she does'nt know what it is like to stand in the unemployment line or waiting in line to get a position with 10,000 people for one job. She had a nanny, cook cleaner and a tutorers for her children. To me she didn't go far enough. she should have put it all out there if she was going to be repremended.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  249. JB from Nasville TN

    Once again, proof that the war on women, is a war against conservative women. Any woman who is pro life and chooses
    to be a stay at home mom is vilified. Glad that Hillary Rosen apologized, but, obviously has no respect for conservative women's choices.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  250. Wilma

    I don’t see how Hilary’s comment has any effect on President Obama. Let’s just speak honestly and logically here; coming from a single parent household, where my mother worked two jobs and still managed to fulfill her motherly duties, and quite well might I add, I find it hard to accept that Mrs. Romney’s challenges as a rich stay-at-home mother are equivalent to the challenges of mothers who work and still take care of their families. That is not to say that she is excluded from being able to be empathic to those mothers, but for her or anyone else to suggest that she somehow faced harder challenges than mothers who work, is unacceptable to me.

    Wilma
    New Jersey

    April 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  251. David

    David laid off electrician, Illinois
    Well if the shoe fits!! This is a great example about how out of touch wealthy people are, in most middle class family’s women work because they have to, not because they are poor parents. It would be great if more parents could stay home to parent rather than work to feed their families and help insure their children’s success as being an in two places at once is difficult. Being a stay at home parent is a luxury that few of us can afford but would benefit our children and society greatly. I’m Tired of hearing how well off the wealthy are, Cadillac’s, car elevators, while they toil away to beat the middle class out of every free penny we are here growing our country with real no BS hard work.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  252. Norah, Nc

    Are you kidding me? people just like spinning things around yet we all know it is hard to be stay home mom but it is more harder for those women who doesnt have luxury and option like Ann Romeny to stay home while bills and other expensess are cared by spouses. Most politicians are just running away from Rosen in fear that they will be seen as out of touch and yet that is what they are.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  253. ted

    Immeasurably! Mrs. Romney has done a great job raising 4 boys and at the same time dealing with her own medical issues. The damage cannot be reversed, and will have a severe negative impact on theOobama campain. Damage control will only temper the situation. Absolutely the worst thing Ms. Rosen could have said, at a time when Obama's lead with woman was insurmountable. Not any more!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  254. Brenda

    I have to agree with Hillary Rosen. While Ann Romney stayed at home to raise her children, which is a big job, she did not have to work for a living which is altogether different. She probably also has the help of maids and nannies. She is not in the same class as a mother with 5 children who has to work outside the home for a living. The Romney's don't understand the plight of the working poor and middle class or even have any compassion for us. They also have a hell of a nerve to even own two Cadillac's after Willard criticized Pres. Obama for saving the auto industry. Willard was willing to let GM go under and if that had happened Ann would be driving two foreign cars.

    Hillary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney don't change my negative opinion of the Romneys or my positive opinion of President Obama. I wouldn't vote for Mitt Romney as a dog catcher.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  255. j Bolton

    There is no comparison between staying at home and working with kids. I have done both. At home I don't have to wait until break to use the bathroom, ask permission to go to lunch, or punch the time clock. Non-working Ann has no idea what the real world is like and yes, some of us working moms have had to deal with serious health issues like cancer and MS and still worrying about bringing home a paycheck. Ann had maids, yardmen, butlers, nannies – come on! That is not the real world of the average working mother.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  256. Ingledsva

    She has not hurt the Democratic Party at all. We know what she meant! The rich, even if they CHOOSE to work (outside the home,) have NO idea of the problems facing middle and lower income working women, or men! The Republican Party wants to take from middle and poor income people – to give even more to the rich!!! I'll be voting Democrat this year!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  257. Elena Withinton

    Hilary is right. Leave her alone.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  258. Linda in Arizona

    Gosh, I hadn't realized Ann Romney was a saint, and beyond any sort of critical comment. My bad. Sorry for Hilary Rosen. She really stepped in it.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  259. whodat4ever

    Hilary Rosen's comments will NOT prevent the President's re-election bid because what she said was true. Most stay at home Moms aren't wealthy and prvy to maids, housekeepers etc. Remember the terrible racist comments that were made, and is still written and spoken about Mrs. Obama? I think wives and children should be left out of political discussions regardless of party.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  260. shelby

    The Romneys should quit trying to assume a common folk air. They step in it every time because they are not common folk and we and they know it. I don't care if Ann Romney ever worked. That doesn't have anything to do with the election but her cavalier statement about working hard to raise children offends me and all those working mothers who had no choice.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  261. stymied

    She said it poorly, but I understand where she's coming from. Mrs. Romney said she chose to be a stay at home mom and raise her children. I applaude her choice. I wish I had the luxery of such that choice when my first husband died and left me with two pre-teens to raise on my own. His former employer gave me 4 months to find my own health coverage for myself and the children. Oh, yes, I could have used their Cobra plan for 18 months, but it was at least 3 times the cost and 1/3 the coverage. So, back in 1984, I was paying $1500 a year for the 3 of us, $500 deductible each of us, and then was covered for 80% of bills; the remaining 20% was all mine. This did not cover eye glasses or dental. So at a time when my children needed me most, I went looking for employment with insurance coverage for myself and my children. This 1% family has no clue to what choices real working Americans have to make to provide the essentials their families & they prove it every time they open their mouths.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  262. IndependentThinker

    The dems. need to grow a pair. They are so quick to turn tail and run. Hilary spoke the absolute truth about Mrs. Romney and it proved one thing. Most Americans can't recognize nor handle the truth!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  263. Tim in Evans, GA

    You are making more out of this than it should be made. Hillary Rosen is entitled to her opinion. After all, the media has saturated the airwaves for months with Republican candidate hopefuls' opinions against Obama blaming him for everything, with no Democratic opposing view. Hillary Rosen speaks for herself, not the President, the Democratic party, or me. Let it go and stop trying to make a "story" about it. It's no secret that anyone with brains can deduce the Republicans cater to the well off and are not at all sympathetic to struggling Americans. Sometimes the truth hurts.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  264. G. Hayes, Butte, MT

    I don't think Mrs. Romney's worried about her five sons having to enter the Army because there's no job opportunities, and then fighting another land war, in Iran, which her husband has pretty much promised to do.
    That's the reality for thousands of American working moms in military families.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  265. Charlie Everett WA.

    Not as much as the Republicans would like. The issue here isn't about the term "working" or how hard it is to raise kids, or the courage it takes to confront illness. Kudos to Ann Romney on those counts. It's about whether she could choose to work outside the home or not; whether she had the financial responsibilities of a single mother or the wife-mother who brought needed money into a household. And the real issue is: Does likely presidential candidate Mitt Romney appreciate the challenges of women who must work outside the home and raise kids? People who have little or no choice. The big question is: Can Mitt Romney manage the diverse needs of this nation or will he selectively ignore the "also-ran" citizens?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  266. Gigi Oregon

    It sounds to me like Hilary "Won" sorry you lost jack. Ha ha. Another loser for Romney. The ninety percent would have loved being a rich mom. The kids would have benefited also.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  267. Sheri

    I,too have had my share of illness. Mrs. Romney may have chosen to stay home and raise her kids but I am certain that she had plenty of household help.
    What I believe Hilary Rosen meant was that us women who must work and have a family to raise are far beyond the struggles Anne Romney would ever face given her status in life. Could Mrs. Romney really relate to me?
    I think not.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  268. JAHerron

    Was an inappropriate comment to make, it was uncalled for but it was the truth! How can someone so wealthy all her life, truly understand a person experiencing the anguish of a lifetime of poor financial and health status. Poor health, lack of education and opportunity as well as lack of emotional support of family and friends has doomed so many women and men and their children in many countries. I wanted to stay home with my children full time but had to work in order to feed and clothe them. The economy has declined because so many of our jobs have been shipped overseas in order to make the investors wealthy at the expense of the average American. JH of AZ

    April 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  269. gg

    its going to be a long year .if this is a sign of2012 elections,its only getting started,really don,t care about how many kids she raised or how many toilets she,s cleaned

    April 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  270. Tanja Moore, Ga.

    No breaking news today ugh? Leave Rosen alone. We know what she meant!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  271. Kathy

    I don' have children. I have worked outside my home all my adult life. Yet I was very insulted by Hilary Rosen's arrogant comments. What an elitist! She does not deserve to be a Dem strategist nor a CNN contributor.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  272. Winfred Cross

    Sorry, but I'm not impressed. Mrs. Romney's story is commendable but she raised five kids with her husbands mother. Nothing wrong with that but my mother raised five kids off of HER money. Hilary Rosen's comments were neither callous or insensitive – they were simply correct. Mrs. Romney's battle with illness is inspiring and she has the right to say anything but it neither makes her an expert or even informed. If starting a controversy over something this trivial is what Romney needs to win an election he should hand the nomination to Rick Insanetorium. And the weak as water Democrats need to get a backbone.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  273. Barbara Fernandes

    The Romney's should not speak for the Average American woman, because they have no idea.
    They would be tramatized if they ever had to live like the Average American, they would never be able to handle it. You should leave Obama out of it, he can't control other people's actions, anymore than you can control mine. Rosen is speaking from her own mouth, and how she and many of us Average American woman feel. We don't have the choice to stay home with our kids, we live in the real world. We have to work and still raise our children and so our jobs as mothers is a tough job. Romney's wife and all her other rich friends live the easy life, so don't try and fool us into thinking that they could even begin to understand or sympathize with the way Average Americans live. I am the Average American Married Working Mom. I get to live in the real world just like the majority of American Moms.Staying home and raising your children is a priviege, it's not a job. It's something you should be happy and proud to be able to do. Try working and then still doing everything a stay at home mom does and then talk to me.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  274. Marie

    Ok, y'all need to relax...! Hillary Rosen made regrettable choice of her words, however, that Ann Romney could make a choice to stay home with her kids is priviledged, period. That Mrs Romney replied to state her right to make a choice is the issue tells me she is just out of the loop, as is her husband. She is lucky to have a choice! Millions of women are rolling their eyes right now, and it's not at Hillary. Dems need to be very careful out there – Republicans will seize any opportunity to twist the truth. Good luck to the USA.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  275. Debra Grybowski

    Romney is the one who opened the door with his comment regarding forming his opinions based on his wife's input...................

    Who said Hilary was speaking for President Obama? Republicans are lucky that the media is creating all this attention so they (republicans) can pretend they are such supporters of "Women's Choice."

    April 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  276. Tulie

    Enough with this attack on Hillary Rosen....she was right when she said Anne Romney dosen't understand the plight of women and working mothers. Anne Romney had 5 sons and was a stay at home mom, but she had a choice to do that and Im sure she never had to worry about daycare or paying a babysitter or where the money to feed and clothe her children came from.....Please!! Every one getting their knickers in a knot over what?? The truth?? Im with Hillary:))

    April 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  277. Jerry from Louisiana

    Shame on Hilary Rosen. Did she do damage to the democratic party? Absolutely, I can attest to you that every mother, grandmother and young female professional is paying attention to both political parties and the negativity Ms. Rosen has created will be in the back of every females mind. Ann Romney comes across as warm, sincere and extremely intelligient. She's also the driving force behind the Romney campaing and if that's not a job...then, Ms. Rosen, please explain to me what is? By-the-way, the majority of our stay-at-home mothers and working professional mothers are best at...teaching, leading and guiding. That's hard work!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  278. Wilson R.

    Mrs. Romney Had nannies, maids, and household staff to manage. That's a job. In fact it's very similar to what she'll be doing as First Lady.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  279. Nancy Temple Iowa City,Iowa

    Leave Hillary Rosen alone. She was just trying to show the women Mitt is getting his info from. In doing so,she ticked off Ann Romney. While they both might be lovely people,they do not get it. They still think women have a choice to work or stay at home. Where have they been? Must be republicans.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  280. MacMo

    While what Hilary Rosen said appears to be in bad tatse because of the way she couched it, it's an undenying fact that she's not faced the biting econonomic circumstances faced by most single moms with 5 or more kids who have to work pay check to pay check and therefore would need government assistance like government paid child care services, food stamps, etc., which her husband has promised to cut by supporting the Ryan plan to gut medicare, medicaid, food stamps, and so on. Rosen could have couch it better by saying that Anne hasn't work outside her home to pay bills like most single working moms with 5 pls kids. Let's be real; there're many moms with 5 plus kids who are working two jobs with an average of $25,000 a year gross income that I don't think somebody like Anne will ever understand. Ofcourse many privilege Republican don't understand. Notwithstanding the fact that caring for 5 kids is a difficult job, it's abundantly clear that Anne with a couple of cardillacs and a bevy of househelps to boot, is certainlt out of touch with majority of women. It doesn't appear to me that with her privileged circumstances, she understands the issues that majority of women face in this country.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  281. Jeff. k

    It was an insensitive comment and her colleges, including Obama and Biden, were quick to denounce it, but if its the worst gaff to come out of Obama camp' then its a drop in the bucket compared to the active war on American women's rights the entire Republican party, including Mitt, are waging right now.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  282. Kathy

    Yes, she may have raised 5 boys, but there are plenty of women in this world that did that and held a job, juggled daycare, school, soccer, without the help I am sure with their money she had, so come on she did not really hold a job that is very true. Why make such a big deal out of this!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  283. sly

    Seriously!!! have we really stooped this low that we consider this big news. She is a stay a home mother and has never worked a day in her life. If these are fact then that is exactly what they are. No one should be questioned or have to apologize for voicing their honest opinion on the facts. If being a stay at home mum is big news, then alot of women have definitely missed the lime light.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  284. Maurice Stewart

    I find it very interesting that when Rush Limbaugh made his crude comments about Sandra Fluke, I did NOT see many high-profile Republicans "throwing him under the bus." However, Hilary Rosen, a democrat, mis-spoke and along with republicans, high-profile democrats quickly threw her "under the bus." What is the reason for this? Why do democrats "cave" so easily?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  285. Gabrielle, La Jolla

    Rosen deserves to take the heat for choosing such combative, politically charged language that is so easily taken out of context. Anyone who actually listened to her comments knows she was criticizing Romney for looking to his wife for counsel on the economic struggles of women and mothers in America today. Done right, raising children as a stay-at-home mom is hard work, regardless how much money you have. Lazy mothers can be rich or poor, but no woman of privilege feels the struggle as acutely as a mother with few financial resources.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  286. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Rosen's comment about Ann Romney has done no harm whatsoever to the Democratic cause. First off, Republican and Democratic partisans are not going to change their minds because of this, and almost nobody else (outside the media) is paying any attention. Second, Ann Romney has probably never needed W-2 or 1099-MISC income to make ends meet, so the basic statement is actually true. This is not about how hard it is to be a homemaker, it is about how hard it is to raise a family and also have to work at a paid job outside the home, needing contraceptive drugs to keep family size small enough to afford. The Romneys have never been poor, their family size was not dictated by economics, and they have no idea what it is like to struggle to make ends meet. That is the point.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  287. Bobbie Lee

    Give Me A Break!!!!!!! Anyone with a brain knows what Ms. Rosen said and what she meant!!! Working at being a mother when you don't have to worry about money doesn't even compare to the reverse! The Dems are wimps to throw her under the bus like that! As a longtime D, we D women don't appreciate it when one of us is disrepected either! She didn't say anything that wasn't TRUE!! So while the D's are courting the female vote, they'd do well to remember the ones that they have already wooed and won!!!The work Ms.Romney put in as a mother was never in question!!! Just as they wanted the president to produce a birth certificate, tell her to produce a pay stub!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  288. Miki

    I DON'T CARE. It has absolutely nothing to do with what Romney is advocating for women. Romney stated he will get rid of Planned Parenthood, limit access to birth control and on and on. If Ann Romney is not talking about these issues, then I am not really interested in what she twitted about how hard it has been. It is a non issue so please stop talking about it.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  289. Greg Rice

    It is very sad how the DEMS are distancing themselves from Ms. Rosen.

    It plays into my long held belief that the DEMS mean well; but they truly lack spine.

    They should call the REPUBS out, restate what she said, and discuss how the REPUBS are attempting to manipulate her comments while pointing out how the Paul Ryan budget plan (which Romney supports) will hurt the stay-at-home moms voting demographic.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  290. Reality

    What Hilary Rosen said was certainly correct, and she shouldn't have to apologize for such a plain truth. Ann Romney has no economic background, so for Mitt to claim her as his economic anything was just as out of touch and unrealistic as his usual comments. The Romneys put that statement out there, and should be ready to accept the heat for such a dumb statement. Rosen wasn't attacking Ann's motherhood, womanhood, or anything besides her experience in economics and in the workforce/workplace. Besides, do you really think Ann Romney worked any harder at motherhood than any typical middle class working mom? I doubt it. I would be willing to bet that the Romneys have hired nannys, housekeepers, cooks, servants, and the likes. You know, all the things most working moms have (sarcasm). I think she did about as much "working" in the home as Mitt did doing typical "dad" jobs (mowing the lawn, cleaning rain gutters, taking out the trash, etc.). If she was busy running the family as a mom, then was it her decision to put the dog on the roof of the car? This entire issue is a firestorm of absurdity, that is way out of context and proportion.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  291. Jo

    Jack, I am so appalled at the "overkill" regarding Hillary Rosen's comments. While I understand that it may be appropriate for the Obama administration to address the issue, I have at no time heard CNN or any other news outlet devoute this much attention to the vitrial t that has been spewed at and about Michelle Obama. Where is the objectivity? The First Lady has been vilified over and over again and no one ever makes as big a deal as this. Women who can't get equal pay for equal work, or healthcare that they need know exactly what Hillery Rosen was saying,

    April 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  292. Jerry from Miami, FL

    As an independent voter whose wife has raised our two children while I worked over 50 hours per week and traveled extensively over the last 16 years, I feel like SHE has had the tougher job while I pursued my passion and supported our family. It's a team effort to raise a family; the consistent presence of at least one parent is essential, and I am fortunate to have earned enough so that my wife did NOT have to work full time. Thank you, Ms. Rosen, for demonstrating that YOU are OUT OF TOUCH with what really counts, and helping to swing the pendulum of women voters more toward the center despite the Democratic Party's failed rhetoric to portray its opponents as anti-women. You have certainly influenced my voting choice in November, and that of my wife.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  293. marcislindsay

    Women know – perhaps especially those who have worked in the wage economy but are now staying home to care for children – that there is a way to phrase what they do. What Hilary should have said was, "Ann Romney has never had to work outside the home." That doesn't put down what she did do, raise her children, but it gets at the point Hilary was trying to make, which was why does Mitt look to Ann for an education on what it's like to be an average American woman trying to get by? She's extremely wealthy now, and apparently never had it very difficult ever. How many people have NEVER had a job in the wage economy? I believe everyone is totally missing the point, as Hilary said.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  294. Jo Jenkins

    Even though Mrs. Romney chose to stay at home with her children doesn't mean she know how hard working mothers and women had to put food on the table and pay bills.Working 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet. Hilary Rosen was in her right to say what she said. I would have not said I was sorry. Gov. and Mrs. Romney are out of touch will America working force. He lives off of his investments not money he has worked for. Open you eyes ladies, don't be fooled by the Romneys. We need that Health Bill. I am just praying that the Supreme Court doesn't shoot it down. We need it.But back to Hilary Rosen, SHE SPOKE THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  295. Bob in Texas

    None. The fact of the matter is, Mitt Romney is running for President, not his wife. If he has to get "guidance" from anyone else to answer a campaign question on issues this basic, he has no business running for President. Is his spouse going to answer all the tough questions put to him. Is she going to sign legislation, meet with lobbyists? I think not, at least I hope not.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm |