Ann Romney on Raising All Boys and Momgate
April 25, 2012
As her husband Mitt Romney nears his seemingly inevitable Republican primary win, Ann Romney sat down with Nancy O'Dell in New York City, where they dished on everything from Ann joking that she felt "sorry for herself" at one point for having no daughters to her "Momgate" debate with Hilary Rosen.
Ann lightheartedly admitted to Nancy, "I used to look at all the mothers with the little girls and they'd be coloring and making cookies and I'm like my boys are like knocking each others heads off." But the mom of five now-grown sons came to terms with her boy-heavy brood, telling Nancy, "I used to kind of feel sorry for myself and think, 'Oh, wouldn't it be nice to have like a little quiet, peace and quiet, with some girls,' but it was great. I just cherish those moments and I miss them actually too, I really miss having all the boys at home."
When it comes to her recent back and forth with Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who claimed that stay-at-home mom Ann had "never worked a day in her life," Ann shared, "Everyone knows that doing the job of raising kids is one of the hardest jobs we have. And it's also a job that never ends." Ann went on to reveal that her kids and 16 grandchildren are "a part of [her] prayers every day."
Rosen's remarks aroused a firestorm of criticism from Democrats including first lady Michelle Obama.
Rosen has since issued an apology, stating, "I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."
"I do think that people are highly critical or maybe the judgment that they might lay on you is completely off base," Ann admitted about being thrust into the media spotlight. "But that just goes with the territory."
Tune in to ET Thursday for more of Nancy's interview with Ann, including how her battle with multiple sclerosis has affected her on the campaign trail.