Bachmann: Stay-at-Home Moms Know Economy Best

Latest salvos in political mommy wars

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2012 12:03 AM CDT | Updated Apr 16, 2012 12:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann has jumped into the new mommy war, proclaiming that stay-at-home moms know the economy the best. She blasted Democrat Hilary Rosen's gaffe that mom-of-five Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life" as "shocking and insulting." Not only does her experience qualify Romney to comment on the economy, but she might have a better understanding of it than Mitt, Bachmann suggested on Meet the Press yesterday. "When women are home full-time they have a better pulse on the economy,” Bachmann said, noting that because the moms buy groceries and get gas, they're often the first to notice rising prices.

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand emphasized that the presidential election "is not going to be about Ann Romney or Hilary's remarks. What this election is going to be about is which candidate fights for America’s women.” But Bachmann, who hasn't yet endorsed a GOP candidate, insisted: "On every measure women’s lives are worse under President Obama than they would be under Mitt Romney." She pointed out that Romney "knows how to turn around businesses," and requoted a much-challenged fact stated by Mitt Romney that 92% of the people who have lost jobs have been women—a figure Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called "ridiculous."

Michelle Bachmann pumps gas for customers at the Fast Break Gas Station in Lino Lakes, Minn. where she was hosting an energy news conference last week.
Michelle Bachmann pumps gas for customers at the Fast Break Gas Station in Lino Lakes, Minn. where she was hosting an energy news conference last week.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)
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