The issue of winning women voters has never been as pressing in the ongoing political hot air as it has become after a CNN democratic reporter, Hilary Rosen criticized front runner GOP candidate’s wife, Ann Romney for never going out of the house to work and struggle. Soon after, the White House has defended Ann Romney, saying that Rosen does not work for Obama.
While debating as to why the presidential hopeful,is unable to relate to regular women, CNN correspondent, Hilary Rosen said that this is because his wife, Ann, “has never worked a day in her life”, and slammed the former governor for taking economic advice from his wife and a person who does not sees women as his equal.
Offended, Ann went straight to Fox News and fired back. "Maybe I haven't struggled as much financially as some people have, I can tell you and promise you that I've had struggles in my life,” Ann said. “And I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling, and that's why we're running."
Romney said that her career choice was to be a mother and everyone should respect what choice a woman makes. “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann later twitted according to a report on The Guardian. Romney said her husband is a person who not just admires but is always open to the listen to the problems of women. The Republican National Committee declared Rosen’s statement “an affront to mothers everywhere”.
Without wasting any time, Obama’s campaign has jumped to the defense of Ann Romney. “I think we can all agree, democrats and republicans, that raising children is an extremely difficult job," said White House spokesman Jay Carney while denying any responsibility for Rosen’s words. "She's not an adviser to the DNC—the DNC's contract for media services is exclusively with Anita Dunn," said top democrat Brad Woodhouse in an email sent to the reporters.
After a full day of two way firing from the republican and democratic sides, Rosen has finally apologized for her poor choice of words, clarifying that she was only discussing Mitt Romney’s bad record on the dilemma of women’s financial struggles.
While the matter appears to have settled down, this one day fire was enough as a reminder that women and their issues can play a significant role in tipping the balance come November.