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
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)

(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."

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Apr 16, 2012 6:38 PM CDT
Here's Ann & Mitt just last night, admitting to a crowd that they saw this as an opportunity to make political hay. Those calling it "faux outrage" have it exactly right, according to the Romneys themselves.’t_say_in_public/singleton/
Apr 16, 2012 3:47 PM CDT
Perfect example of how pathetic our elected officials are at the state level. Bachmann is so irrelevant. And she is IN Congress.
Apr 16, 2012 2:26 PM CDT
Faux outrage won't win against the everyday experiences of most women in America. Even single women without children have it tough enough as it is. The closest a woman will come to an elevator for cars will only be reading about them.