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Ann Romney Defends Staying Home to Raise Family

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 09:28 AM

By Marti Lotman

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Ann Romney, in her first speech following the Hilary Rosen controversy, opened up about her health struggles and what it’s like to be a mom.

Romney, wife of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, used her speech before close to 800 Connecticut GOP activists to tell her sometimes trying personal journey of raising five sons without much help, reports Politico.

“I know what it’s like to wake up early in the morning and get them off to school; I know what it’s like to be up in the middle of the night when they are sick; and I know what it’s like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have,” Romney said. “So we are grateful for the response that we got from that and appreciative of recognizing that women have choices in life and some choices are not all the same, but we value everyone’s choice that they make in their profession.

“Sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us,” she said.

Ann Romney was recently catapulted into the national spotlight after Democratic operative Hilary Rosen, employed by liberal firebrand Debbie Wasserman Shultz, said that Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

Romney briefly brought up the incident during her speech, saying, “Some people think I didn’t work,” to the cheers of audience members, but reiterated that she raised her five sons by herself including taking care of all the household tasks, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, and bill paying.

Amid criticism that both she and husband Mitt Romney are out of touch with the hoi polloi, Ann Romney insisted that this simply isn’t true.

“My hats off to the men in this room too that are raising kids — I love that, and I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids,” she said. “Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

Romney, becoming emotional, went on to say that she is touched by the prayers and kindness of her supporters.

“The kindness and sweetest of all is that so many women that I’ve never met before and may never see ever again in my life tell me how much they care for me and how much they are praying for me,” Romney said.

“And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that because the days are long and the road is hard, the trails are there and I never know when I have this little gray cloud that’s over my head when it’s going to start raining on me again and I do need those prayers, but I honestly feel like we are there for a purpose.”

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