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Quip That Ann Romney's 'Never Worked' Joins List Of Campaign Controversies

The list of things said or done that become campaign controversies will keep growing as the year continues.

The latest entry:

— Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday:

"What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, 'Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing.' Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing."

Ann Romney herself took to Twitter to say "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." She was also on Fox News earlier today.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee called Rosen's comments "absolutely disgraceful."

Obama reelection campaign gurus Jim Messina and David Axelrod weighed in, with Axelrod saying Rosen's words were "inappropriate and offensive," and Messina saying "she should apologize." Their words haven't stopped the criticism from Republicans. Priebus just tweeted, for example, that "Hillary Rosen has visted the White House 35 times. Almost 3x more than Sec of Defense Panetta."

For her part, Rosen didn't back away from her comments earlier today. "Spare me the faux anger from the right," she wrote this morning. "If they want to attack me and distract the public's attention away from their nominee's woeful record, it just demonstrates how much they just don't get it."

She also wrote that:

"I admire women who can stay home and raise their kids full time. I even envy them sometimes. It is a wonderful luxury to have the choice. But let's stipulate that it is NOT a choice that most women have in America today."

(Update at 1:50 p.m. ET. Rosen Apologizes: CNN executive producer Patricia DiCarlo posts on Twitter that during today's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Rosen will say "I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended.")

As we said, there will be a long list of such controversies by the time the campaign's over. We've already had, of course, the "Etch A Sketch" kerfuffle that was a problem for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's campaign. President Obama ran into sharp criticism from Republicans for saying the Supreme Court would be guilty of "judicial activism" if it overturns the health care overhaul law.

We'll keep an eye on the controversies as the campaign stretches on. Check It's All Politics for posts about what they all mean, if anything.

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