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Published: Thursday, April 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

Not to sound as if I agree with the statement... I'm curious if she's had a "job" outside the home?

Before you go wild and blast me... I agree that there is no greater calling in life than that of a parent. I wish more parents would take a greater interest in that responsibility. If she has been fortunate enough to be a "stay home Mom" that's a blessing in her life.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

She was born with a silver spoon also. All she did was raise her kids. Not punched a time clock.

1. Romney's positions are the most radically anti-women of any candidate in a generation: He supports banning all abortions, backed a so-called "personhood" amendment that could make certain forms of birth control illegal, and says he would "get rid of" federal funding for Planned Parenthood that provides preventive services like cancer screenings for millions of women.

2. Romney would repeal Obamacare. Insurance companies would once again be allowed to run up premiums, unjustifiably deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, drop patients when they get sick, discriminate against women by charging them more for coverage than men, and spend more of your premium dollars on CEO profits and bonuses instead of your actual health care.

3. Romney is a risk when it comes to foreign policy and national security. On many of these questions, he has shifted his position for political reason.

4. Despite the lessons of recent history, Romney would double down on the disastrous tax policies that handed windfalls to the wealthy, Under Romney, millionaires and billionaires would get huge tax cuts.

Clearfield, UT

Ann Romney has always lived a life of privilege and opulence. She has never had to worry from where her next meal would come nor from where the money would come to put a roof over her head. She has no experience with the real world that the majority of women in the United States face. She has the experience to talk about the concerns of the top 1%, but NOT the concerns that the majority of women deal with.

Nobody doubts that raising children is a tough job. BUT most women, unlike Ann Romney, have to both raise their children and work to support them. She has no experience with that. As the comment accurately stated, Ann Romney has never had to work outside the home; therefore she has no knowledge or experience concerning the real issues most women face. She does not have the creditials to be Mitt Romney's cheif advisers concerning real world women and women's issues.

Mitt's programs and policies would be disastrous for women. He had better get a clue.

Southern, UT

Let's get real. Do you think the people running for office in this country came out of the slums? The class warfare has to stop.

Layton, Utah

@brother chuck schroeder, "all she did was raise her kids", too bad more parents haven't raised their kids in the responsible way that she has.

Southern California
Redondo Beach, CA

I cannot believe the previous comments! You have to work in the "real world" to know what's going on? Give me a break! Sounds like a bunch of jealous people.

David King
Layton, UT

Families of candidates should be off-limits, out of bounds, end of story, period. I don't care if it is Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin's daughter, Mitt Romney's wife, or Jimmy Carter's brother. Going after family is one of the most classless things that can be done in politics, and I'm glad President Obama's campaign said so as well. Kudos to them for disagreeing with Rosen's statement.

VA Saint
Chester, VA

I've never been fortunate to be a stay-at-home Mom, something I've always wanted to be able to do. I've had to work hard outside of the home to support my family. But that doesn't mean that Moms like Ann Romney don't know what's going on in the world nor are ignorant to the ways of the world. Just because a woman does not work outside of the home does not mean she is any less than one who does work outside of the home. The Democrat adviser who said such an insipid thing has clearly drawn the line and has shown her stripes regarding the "new" role of women. I have this to say: what is wrong with the traditional one?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I had ten years of not having a job outside the home. During that time my spouse was the mayor of a fast growing Utah town for four years, and then had a governor appointed position, in addition to regular employment. Those ten years were harder than the ones when I've had employment and had children home too. I also learned more about political issues, and many other issues during that time. I wouldn't trade places with Ann R. because she has been married to a political leader and business man, very hard tasks.

Bro Chuck S, you need to get a clue!

Sanpete, UT

I will be sure to tell my mom--who raised 11 kids--that she needs to get a real job.

Some of the comments on here are down-right insulting.
My mom raised 6 boys and 5 girls. Of those came:
6 missionaries
9 temple marriages (so far)
5 Eagle Scouts
25 grandchildren (so far)--2 are already Eagle Scouts.

To say that just because she was rich and didn't have to worry about food for her family means she didn't work is completely ludicrous.
I guess Michelle Obama--Law Degree and VERY wealthy as well has never worked.
Oh wait, she has a degree, that must mean something right?

To top it off, Ann Romney has MS. Look it up you folks who don't understand what that disease does to you. She has worked harder than most of you people who make comments on this board.
Get a clue.


It's amazing to read so much envy!
Many women choose to stay and do the hardest, the most thankless (at least while they are doing it) job, that never ends. You don't punch a clock at the end of the day and walk out. You stay and continue to take care of all those under your wing. Thank goodness there are people like Ann. It doesn't matter if she had money or not, if you look at most of the working women on tv, in the movies, on the radio, they have plenty, but they choose to let others raise their children. Obama was making over $300,000, but he says they couldn't afford to have Michele stay home.
It's funny that those who seem to want to identify as Bro, etc., have no idea about the teachings of the LDS Church, and how important the role of mother really is.

Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . Romney 'never worked a day in her life'"

And Democrats like to say Republicans are out of touch!

Provo, UT

Rosen's comments were very unfortunate. But I am even more surprised that she failed to apologize. If she wants to make a point about mom's who have to also work outside of the home, that is fine. If she wants to say that Ann Romney is not really Mitt's econ advisor, I guess that's OK too if he has claimed she is. But she needs to apologize for saying that Mrs. Romney "never worked a day in her life" because that is clearly untrue and hurtful.

On another note: this is the sort of thing campaigns need to watch out for...supporters, surrogates and quasi-surrogates saying crazy things. Both Gov. ROmney and President Obama better watch out because their are a lot of nuts with a bone to pick this year and people will be trying to pin their statements on the candidates themselves.


Dem advisor: stupid comment

re:Nan BW
Ann Romney was the one who encouraged her husband to run for president so, sorry, she opted to work hard, give up her leisure and private life.

Yes, being a mother can be hard work--even harder if one has to work 40+ hrs/wk and worry if there will be enough for the family to eat, get medical care, pay the electric bill and pay for transportation.

I don't buy that the Romney's know what it is like to struggle. Their many comments, insinuating they struggled, reveal as much. And Romney's policies are just going to make it harder for the people who are barely making it.

Cedar City, UT

If we're going to be honest about the issue of not working outside the home and family, then we must apply this to men as well!

Would you vote for:
1. A woman whose husband was a "house-husband"?
2. A man who was a house-husband?

I dare say here in Utah virtually no man would vote for either.

So, how do we frame the Ann Romney issue? Or is it easier to just ignore the sheer gender

Ogden, UT

Look, it's pretty obvious what happened here. Obama's campaign used a "surrogate" for this comment to try to widen the gap between Romney and women voters, and they come out publicly against it. Well orchestrated if not obvious politics.

The Romneys do enjoy privilege, because they worked their tails off for it. They had support but what they have they earned, the exact opposite of the Obama philosophy.

Kaysville, UT

Ann Romney has been the wife of a Governor, the head of the 2002 Winter Olympics and of an effective and very efficient businessman. She was the wife of a Stake President and Bishop besides having her own callings along the way in the LDS Church and supporting many activities over the years with five children. Most women don't have that kind of responsibility and unpaid responsibility in most of the cases. She still had to meet all the schedules of a busy family along with the formal activities required of a spouse (unfunded mandate) in any governmental, church and volunteer organization. The rigors of the campaigns she has been involved with since the 1990s and her MS illness is such a pioneer spirit to keep on going. These people that defame her and attempt to deride her are out of bounds if they had any knowledge of what all these things involved that she has devoted her life to. Mrs. Romney displays the highest dignity and integrity and should not be questioned about those things she has done in her life to better humanity and our nation's goals set by our founding fathers. She is pure American.

Jeanie b.
Orem, UT

Bro. Schroeder "All she did was raise her kids. Not punched a time clock"

There were so many days when I was a stay at home mom of 5 that I wished I could have clocked out at the end of each day - and I wasn't struggling with difficult, life threatening health issues.

Truthseeker - yes it is harder on women to do both jobs at the same time, but that does not exclude Ann Romney from having legitimate opinions on the subject. To use the same logic your opinions would be excluded automatically if you happened to be a working male.

All of us struggle in this life. No one is exempt. To think the wealthy are somehow an exception is incorrect.

Kaysville, UT

One other note. I think of this reporter's treatment of Mrs. Romney like the Utah Legislature looks at Utah's Public School Teachers. The legislature treats the dedicated and most highly valued public teaching profession as low class citizens. Most of these teachers do what Mrs. Romney does plus being a school teacher. These Utah teachers are stake presidents, bishops, leaders in Boy Scouts, Young Women, teachers and advisers, etc. and are not just low class citizens. The values these teachers bring to the classroom are the highest. The reporter was wrong and since she is not apologetic in her behavior, attitude nor profession, that shows you how much value she has on human character and high moral issues.

Just a Mom
Vernal, UT

I have raised 9 children of my own, and helped raise 4 step-children. Part of the time I've been able to be at home with the kids, but much of the past 25 years I've had to work. Some of my jobs have been ones I didn't like, such as a motel maid, but I did that because I could take my kids with me. We worked together for 5 years until I was able to get a job at the school as a teacher's aide. Better job, with benefits, and I was where my children were. I would have preferred to be a stay-at-home mom always, but even with my husband's job, it was not possible financially. I do not resent Ann Romney for being able to be a stay-at-home mother. I'm happy for her. Each mother and family has a different set of circumstances, and we shouldn't criticize each other for the choices we have to make...to work, or to not work...but instead give each other all the support we can. I'll never be rich, but my greatest treasures call me "Mom".

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