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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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 8:26pm
I don't think it was meant to be snarky. I think it was meant as a statement as to why Mitt's claims of "I understand the plight of women and know how to fix their economic issues - because my wife guides me on the subject." are a farce. It *was* addressing a significant campaign issue.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 8:28pm

Another display of false equivalence, the habit of giving equal weight to disparate and unequal arguments.

Hilary Rosen, a liberal lobbyist and pundit, does not speak for the Democratic party or the Obama reelection campaign, but Mitt Romney, the de facto GOP nominee, states that Ann gives him insight to the pulse of women's concerns and she is a important advisor in his campaign. Rosen has explained and apologized for her comments, but Romney has not explained what qualifies Ann to speak for women on the issues of the economy.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 8:51pm
I dunno. I think saying a candidate's spouse "never worked a day in her life" is inherently snarky, whether she intended it that way or not.
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 8:57pm
My father's mother was a SAHM/W all her life. I've said many many times that she "never worked a day in her life." Guess I've been real snarky to my grandma.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 9:03pm
Well, nobody ever got to ask that question.
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 9:04pm
So your grandma was a candidate's wife, and you said this on national TV? Yikes! ;)
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 9:33pm
Because the Faux News cycle (and I don't mean just mean Fox, its all over WaPo, NYT, NPR) gives this stories coverage.

Can we concede that Obama and Romney both support and think sah's work really, really hard, em kay?

We know that Obama admin supports the Ledbetter fair pay act, and is opposed to Walker's repealing of the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act in Wisconsin. What is Romney's stand? This seems to be central economic issue that does concern women.
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 9:44pm
I think those are better questions that why Romney would listen to his wife on women's issues. Too bad you weren't on CNN that day.;)
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 11:45pm

Stay home or work outside it is all work

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Sat, 04-14-2012 - 6:45am

Not true, She can't speak FOR working moms if she's never been one and Mitt Romney wasn't trying anything...... But you still haven't answered why Ann Romney can't speak about the economy, There is nothing unique about a working mom and the economy that a SAHM isn't qualified to discuss too. Having to work, having to chose b/w putting food and the table and the electric bill is beside the point..

 

 

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