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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.

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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