Ann Romney and Working Moms

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Ann Romney and Working Moms
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:26am

Hilary Rosen has started a Twitter firestorm by stating that Ann Romney isn't capable of giving advice on women and the economy since she's never worked a day in her life:

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 8:48am
So which of those five women would be the one chosen to advise Romney on wonen's issues? Or would he be best off listening to as many diverse viewpoints as he can and making up his own mind? What kind of expertise or experience does Mrs Romney bring to the table as a policy advisor? I am not assuming she has no expertise, just wanting to know what that expertise consists of. Otherwise, it's insulting to the complexity of the issues to assume that someone who has female plumbing is somehow qualified to speak to the complex issues women face.
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 10:57am

"99% of women do not dislike what she has to say, only those who believe their wealth and possessions should be a part of this election do,"

Really, where did you get that information?

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 11:00am
jamblessedthree wrote:
I do plan to vote for Mitt Romney in November.. Really? You only learned things about her this week, From what? I'll wait for her book.... ;-)

Why would you be surprised?

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 11:01am

I'm with Rosen.

Am I alone in saying that what I hate about this discussion is seeing the phrase, "Mommy War" all over the damn place?

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 11:34am

I agree that womens issues are pretty complex....

 

 

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 2:33pm
I don't think Romney "just happens" to be running for President. It looks pretty deliberate to me. Mrs. Romney may indeed be talking to a lot of women. But are they a representative sample? Is she asking meaningful questions, and then rigorously analyzing the data? I haven't seen any evidence of that, have you? As for how many women I talk to in a week, tgat's not relevant since I'm not offering myself up as qualified to advise a presidential canduadate about "what women want"."
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 5:38pm

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 9:56pm
mom34101 wrote:
I haven't continued to "take a phrase out of context." I said many, many posts ago that I took Rosen at her word when she clarified what she meant. But I can also see the other side. I understand why some people took her comment the way they did, and I don't think it was a smart thing for her to say. And I really have no desire to rehash this over and over and over again with you.

Your comments contradict that claim, such as

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 10:08pm
jamblessedthree wrote:

But Mitt Romney IS out there campaigning and talking to people, Ann Romney is supporting her husband by getting out there and talking to people too, Are you suggesting that wives of candidates have never done that before?

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 10:17pm
jamblessedthree wrote:
Line up five women with totally separate backgrounds and experiences and you're likely to get five different viewpoints of what is important... What is insulting is assuming b/c somebody has not worked a day in her life she is not qualified to speak for women.

No, I think it's insulting for Romney to decide that his wife, can speak for women.

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