Ann Romney Apparently Joins Twitter to Refute CNN Analyst’s Claim That She Doesn’t Work

CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 03:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney walk through The Montgomery Inn Restaurant at the Roadhouse on March 3, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mitt Romney is campaigning in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ann with husband Mitt. Photo: Justin Sullivan/2012 Getty Images

Hilary Rosen said on Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night that Mitt Romney's wife Ann hasn't worked a day in her life. Rosen, who's not affiliated with any campaign, made the comment while appearing in her capacity as a democratic strategist. During a segment concerning Mitt Romney's standing among female voters, Rosen said (emphasis added):

"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 never really worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kind of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future."

Ann Romney, who recently created a Pinterest account, apparently decided to join Twitter to respond to the charge. A word of caution: Ann Romney's account is not "verified," so it's possible that anybody created the handle. Nevertheless, the purported Ann Romney Twitter account wrote on Wednesday:

I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.

— Ann Romney (@AnnDRomney) April 12, 2012

President Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina and top strategist David Axedrod also moved quickly — to Twitter, of course — to condemn the poisonous remark and distance themselves from it.

Messina wrote late Wednesday:

I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.

— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) April 12, 2012

Axelrod said a few minutes later:

Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney.They were inappropriate and offensive.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 12, 2012

Polls revealed yesterday that Mitt Romney measured nearly twenty points behind Obama among female voters, and so the very, very likely Republican nominee has begun to make appeals to women by condemning the Obama administration for job losses suffered by females. There's roughly a 92 percent chance that Romney picks up on Rosen's comments on the trail tomorrow.

Shortly after her appearance, Rosen wrote on her account, "When I said @AC360 Ann Romney never worked I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women!"

Sounding a bit contrite later on, Rosen opened a one-way dialogue with the Ann Romney Twitter account.

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.

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) April 12, 2012

@donnapt My point is that he should stop saying that she is his guide to women's economic problems. She doesn't have any. #IsntItObvious?

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) April 12, 2012

@AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't u?

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) April 12, 2012

@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) April 12, 2012

oh and @AnnDRomney welcome to Twitter.You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) April 12, 2012