Romney Praises Iowa’s Joni Ernst: ‘She Didn’t Just Sit At Home Needle-Pointing’

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters before speaking at a rally for Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst, left, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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As he sung the praises of GOP Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Iowa on Friday, Mitt Romney made a remark that harkened back to a moment that his 2012 campaign feverishly exploited.

Appearing alongside Ernst in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Romney hailed the conservative upstart as a “real Iowan in a lot of respects.”

“She was raised here, she worked on a farm,” Romney told the crowd, as quoted by the Des Moines Register. “She didn’t just sit at home needle-pointing, as you know, she was doing some work on the farm – squealing work on the farm.”

He was referring to a memorable television ad from the Ernst campaign, but some Democrats thought it was a rich line coming from Romney.

It may have been sweet payback for Democrats who still haven’t forgotten the furor that surrounded Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen in the spring of 2012.

Rosen said during an appearance on CNN at the time that Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, had “never worked a day in her life.”

The remark sparked an uproar among Republicans and Romney’s campaign, who even tried to tie Rosen to President Obama (even though she was not employed by Obama’s campaign or the Democratic National Committee).

It may have even been the impetus for Ann Romney to join Twitter, whose first tweet came shortly after Rosen’s comment.

Even the president and First Lady Michelle Obama offered their own defense of stay-at-home mothers and, ultimately, Rosen herself apologized.

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  1. Avatar for dnl dnl says:

    Yeh

    She took it work with her so she wouldn’t be interrupted by her kids!

  2. Let us recall that Hillary Clinton was chastised for saying that she didn’t just stay home and bake cookies. The Battle of Womanhood rages on.

  3. Avatar for meri meri says:

    “Not like that lazy bitch I married. Gawd.”

  4. Coincidentally Ann has binders full of needlepoint patterns.

    Romney must love the taste of his own foot. That’s all I can figure.

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