Ann Romney: “Mitt respects women who make different choices.” #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

Sunday, April 15, 2012 16:53 EDT
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Mitt Romney speaks in New Hampshire
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During her campaign debut last week, and in response to Hilary Rosen’s comments that Ann Romney doesn’t understand the economic issues that working mothers face, Ann Romney said she “knows what it’s like to struggle,” (a statement which I refute here) and talked about choice:

“And I think that all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. Other women make other choices, to have a career and raise a family, which I think Hillary Rosen has actually done herself.”

She also said that “Mitt respects women who make different choices.”

No he doesn’t — at least he doesn’t respect the rights of low-income women to make their own economic choices.

To wit, this clip of a speech Romney gave in New Hampshire, in which Romney says that he would require women who receive welfare to work — even if they have young children — because he wants them to experience the dignity of work:

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This should put to bed any GOP argument that their boy champions the rights of women to make their own economic choices. He doesn’t. He couldn’t possibly. He cares about privileged working mothers. Struggling working mothers, on the other hand, are welfare queens who should get to work.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Mitt Romney.


ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
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