Republican candidate Mitt Romney's wife defended their choice to make the family dog ride in an unusual place during family trips.ABC News reports that Mrs. Romney, mother of five and grandmother of 16, made a well-timed debut on Twitter only moments after Democratic National Committee advisor Hilary Rosen bashed Ann Romney’s lifestyle choice. “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Mrs. Romney’s response on Twitter, the first statement on the new account AnnDRomney, was swift.
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted, in a message the Romney campaign confirmed as authentic.
In response, Rosen tweeted several messages defending her statements. “I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t,” stated one tweet.
Mrs. Romney wrote in her second tweet, “all moms are entitled to choose their path.”
ABC notes that the Twitter spat arose as Mr. Romney finished a round of campaigning highlighting the Obama administration’s “war on women” through the president’s economic policies.
One of Ann’s sons, Josh Romney, also took to Twitter to let the world know he was proud of his mother and grateful for her choice.
“@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman I know,” Josh, who is the second oldest, tweeted. “Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me.”
Meanwhile, both Republicans and the Obama campaign condemned Rosen’s remarks, with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina calling the remarks “wrong” and saying the Democrat should apologize.
Rosen, who has raised twins with her now-estranged lesbian lover Elizabeth Birch, responded to the blowback against her remarks by saying that she has also had children and “it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.” “It’s strategic to attack me rather than talk about the issues,” she said.
Rosen is a former executive director for the Human Rights Campaign, which she led for eight years.
In an interview on Fox News on Thursday, Mrs. Romney expanded on her remarks, saying that, “We have to respect women in all the choices they make,” and that Rosens’ suggestion that Romney does not undrestand women’s needs bothered her.
“Raising children, it’s for me the most important thing we can do ... Mitt said to me more times then you can imagine, Ann, your job is more important than mine.”
Jim Geraghty of National Review notes that, despite the distancing by Obama’s staff, Rosen is very closely linked to the White House, which has logged 35 visits from her. By comparison, the Secretary of Defense has visited 12 times.
“Mitt’s father would be cheering and would be with Mitt a hundred percent,” Ann Romney said on “Fox & Friends.” “What Mitt suggested was finally what happened, is that they went through a structured bankruptcy. It’s exactly what ended up happening — Mitt just said to do that before they already spent $17 billion.”Ann Romney was responding to Clinton’s remarks at the United Auto Workers National Community Action Program Conference in Washington this week, where the former president charged, “Every time I hear Mr. Romney talking about this [the auto bailouts], I think his daddy must be turning over in his grave.”
“I happened to think this auto industry package is the most important thing that was initiated by President Obama and the administration,” Clinton also said, as The Detroit News reported. “[The auto bailout] did not have to happen. The president could have walked away from this.”
George Romney was a three-term governor of Michigan and had also headed American Motors. Mitt Romney has consistently spoken out in opposition to the auto bailouts, which President Barack Obama has been heralding as one of his most important first-term accomplishments.
"I don't even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing," Ann Romney told Fox News Monday afternoon. "It can be here today and gone tomorrow."
The remark was just the latest to spark criticism that the Romneys are out of touch.
During one presidential debate, Mitt Romney offered a $10,000 bet to then-candidate Rick Perry over Perry's claims that he backtracked from claims that Massachusetts' health care law should be a model for the country.At a campaign stop, Romney tried to relate to an unemployed man by remarking that he too was out of work.
Before his public life, Mitt Romney helped found the Boston-based asset management firm Bain Capital, which has been the primary source of his wealth.
Ann Romney's comments caused her to become a trending topic on Twitter, with most users expressing shock at her remarks.
"Ann Romney doesn't consider herself to be wealthy. I consider Ann Romney to be crazy," tweeted @justdom80.
"Has anyone figured out how wealthy you have to be for Ann Romney to consider you rich? Presumably a billion dollars. That's cool, right?" said Matt O'Brien.
"No seriously goddamn Ann Romney you really just said the worst thing possible," expressed @SpyderHyphenMan.
Hear Ann Romney say 'I Don't Even Consider Myself Wealthy.' Do you think she's out of touch?
I am thankful for a mother who has taught me many important life lessons, but most of all, through her example and faith, she has taught me humility, patience, and the importance of family.
My mother, Ann Davies Romney, attended Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It was an all-girls high school, and was sister schools with Cranbrook, the boys school my father attended. They grew up just miles apart, attended the same elementary school, and later became high school sweethearts.
After high school, my mom and dad’s relationship blossomed, and they talked of marriage, but they both knew my dad would soon be leaving on a mission. When my dad was called to Paris, France, he encouraged her to wait for him. Although not a member of the Church, my mom attended BYU, and on her own accord, she sought out the missionaries and subsequently joined the Church.
Upon my dad’s return from his mission, my mom and dad were riding home from the airport and agreed, right then and there, to get married. Fearing their families’ response to a seemingly rash and emotional decision, it took them a while to finally announce their engagement