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Ann Romney son defends mom who 'chose to raise me'

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Josh Romney, Ann Romney's son, took to Twitter to defend his mom from a Democratic strategist's charge that she had "never worked a day in her life" and so couldn't help her husband relate to women on the economy.

"@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman I know," Josh, second of five brothers, tweeted. "Could have done anything with her life, [but she] chose to raise me."

Josh Romney's message, a response to Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment that his mother had "never worked a day in her life," was just one part of a lightning fast response from the Romney campaign.

Ann Romney made the same point as her son, as she joined Twitter to say "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."

The Washington Examiner's Byron York, analyzing the "lightning speed" with which the Romney camp jumped on Rosen's comment, writes that "The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively -- really aggressively -- pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama.  If the president's re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night."

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