The Republican National Committee demanded an apology Thursday after a Democratic strategist slammed mother of five Ann Romney, saying the GOP presidential candidate’s wife “has never worked a day in her life.”
The firestorm began when Hilary Rosen, an adviser to the Democratic National Committee, took issue with Mitt Romney for trying to win over women voters by saying that he understands their issues from talking to his own wife.
“Guess what, his wife has never actually worked a day in her life,” Rosen told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night.
Ann Romney herself responded, saying she considered being a stay-at-home mom a job in itself.
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” she tweeted.
The RNC called on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to apologize for her adviser’s “insulting and insensitive comments.”
“To suggest that any mother has ‘never worked a day in her life’ is an affront to mothers everywhere,” said RNC press secretary Kirsten Kukowski.
“Democrats continue to attack Republicans for a ‘war on women’ even as they attack women with devastating economic policies and offensive rhetoric. The hypocrisy is appalling.”
Rosen stood by her comments Thursday, telling CNN that Ann Romney’s choice to stay home with her children was a luxury most women can’t afford.
“Most women in America, let’s face it, don’t have that choice,” Rosen said. “They have to be working moms and home moms and that’s the piece I am not hearing from the Romney camp.”
Nevertheless, the Obama campaign moved to distance itself from Rosen’s comments.
“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted.
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