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Obama defends Ann Romney after Democratic consultant's comment

The president said 'there's no tougher job than being a mom' in response to Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen's comments that Mitt Romney's wife wasn't qualified to discuss the economy because she had never worked.

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Ann Romney, the wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has been at the center of a social media firestorm about being a stay-at-home mom.

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 The White House — and President Barack Obama himself — rushed into a damage control campaign Thursday to blunt the impact of a Democratic consultant's suggestion that Ann Romney isn't qualified to discuss the economy because she "hasn't worked a day in her life."

"It was the wrong thing to say," Obama declared in an interview with WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, standing up for Republican rival Mitt Romney's wife with Democrats suddenly on the defensive over women's issues for the first time this election year. Of the "ill-advised statement" by consultant Hilary Rosen, he added, "It's not something that I subscribe to."

In an interview with Cedar Rapids, Iowa, TV station KCRG, the president said "there's no tougher job than being a mom" and cited the efforts of his wife, Michelle, and his own mother, a single woman with two children.

"That's work," he said. "So, anybody who would argue otherwise probably needs to rethink their statement."

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