CNN political pundit Hilary Rosen angered people on both sides of the political aisle when she accused Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, of being out of touch with middle class women in the United States.
"What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, 'Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing.' Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life," Rosen told Anderson Cooper on "AC360."
Ann eventually defended herself on Twitter.
"I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys," Romney tweeted. "Believe me, it was hard work."
Rosen later apologized for her comments, but others -- some with no ties to the Romneys -- have condemned Rosen's statements, while others say they agree.
* President Obama came out against Rosen, saying that a mother's work is never done. "Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement," Obama said. His wife, Michelle Obama, and former First Lady Barbara Bush have issued similar statements.
* Reality star Caroline Manzo -- herself a mother of three -- criticized Rosen during an appearance on Fox News Friday.
"I am beyond insulted by that remark," the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star said. "I speak I hope for millions of women across the country that are mothers whether you are a stay at home or a working mom. There is no job more difficult than a parent's job."
* Washington Post columnist Linda Hirshman agreed with Rosen, saying that Rosen's criticism showed that Republicans aren't talking about the decreasing job opportunities for women.
"In the furor, everyone seemed to forget that unpaid mothers and household work are not what the discussion is about," Hirshman wrote. "Republicans are not talking about how jobs for stay-at-home moms have decreased under Obama."
* Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz also agreed with Rosen, saying that it brings into focus Romney's neutrality -- or opposition -- on things like the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that would benefit women. This is why he's losing ground to President Obama, she claimed.
"He is so dramatically wrong on issues that are important to women," Wasserman-Schultz told Andrea Mitchell.
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