The presidential campaign exploded Thursday into a bitter debate over women’s work, a day after a Democratic adviser made a dismissive remark about stay-at-home mom Ann Romney, wife of the GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
Wednesday night on CNN, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said Romney, who raised five now-grown sons, had “never worked a day in her life.”
Soon after Rosen’s comments on CNN, Ann Romney had set up a Twitter account and in less than 140 characters put Democrats on the defensive on women’s issues, a topic they have owned for the past few months. “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys,” she tweeted. “Believe me, it was hard work.”
On a conference call Thursday, several female Romney surrogates sounded off about Rosen’s comments and played up Rosen’s connections to the White House.
“It’s insulting that the president’s adviser would dismiss the value of the important and the hard work women do in raising children,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.