Hilary Rosen Cancels “Meet The Press” Appearance
(WASHINGTON) — After a 48-hour maelstrom of criticism from every corner of the political spectrum, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen canceled her scheduled appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press this Sunday, saying she has already “said enough.” The CNN contributor was lambasted Thursday for saying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife Ann has “never worked a day in her life.”
While Rosen has apologized for the comments, which were interpreted by both Republicans and Democrats as a dig at stay-at-home moms, she said Friday that she will “spend the weekend trying to explain to my kids the value of admitting a mistake and moving on.”
“I have said enough and while I have unfortunately made the producer’s job tougher today, I don’t have anything more to say,” Rosen said in a statement to NBC Friday morning. “I apologized to Mrs. Romney and work-in-home moms for mistakenly giving the impression that I do not think their work is valuable. Of course it is.”
Rosen also tweeted an apology again Friday morning, writing “I deeply apologize again to work-in-home moms, Mrs Romney & the POTUS. Not going on #MTP this weekend. I’m going to be a mom who stays home.”
Both the first lady and the president spoke out against Rosen’s remarks on Thursday with the president telling ABC affiliate KCRG that families should be off limits in the presidential campaign.
The Romney campaign held a conference call with reporters Thursday painting Rosen’s comments as a message from the White House trying to perpetuate a “war on women.”
Both the White House and the Democratic National Committee refuted the claim that Rosen was working with the administration or the Obama campaign.
Rosen appeared on CNN twice Thursday, first to clarify that her comments Wednesday night were not intended to criticize working mothers, but instead to point out that Ann Romney, as a wealthy mother, was one of a privileged few moms that had the “luxury” of staying home. During her second appearance later in the day Rosen issued a full apology for her “poorly chosen” words.
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