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Obama Team Faces Furor over Ann Romney Gibe

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The importance of female voters to the 2012 vote came into stark view Thursday as President Obama’s campaign advisers furiously tried to contain the fallout from a prominent Democratic consultant’s comment that Ann Romney, wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the mother of five sons, “never worked a day in her life.”

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and top campaign strategist David Axelrod moved rapidly to try to quell the narrative about Democrats denigrating stay-at-home moms, distancing the president’s campaign from the remarks of Hilary Rosen, a longtime party activist and an adviser to the Democratic National Committee.

“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly,” Mr. Messina said on his Twitter account. “Her comments were wrong and family should be off-limits. She should apologize.”

Tweeted Mr. Axelrod, “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

By the end of the day, even President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama had weighed in to defend Mrs. Romney and seek to put as much distance as possible between themselves and Ms. Rosen’s remarks.

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