Romney responded quickly on Twitter saying, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys...believe me, it was hard work."
Rosen told Anderson Cooper that Ann Romney "never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future," adding, "Mitt Romney just seems so old fashioned when it comes to women."
Rosen later backtracked, struggling to explain why she believed raising children is not work.
Rosen is a CNN political contributor and made her comments on CNN's "AC360."
Women across the political spectrum quickly discounted Rosen’s remarks as presumptive, insensitive and wrong.
Many women weighing in on the Democrat’s remarks say Rosen crossed the line by attacking the candidate’s family, some acknowledged that raising five children requires a great deal of work.
Rosen’s comments backfired while she was defending some Democrats and President Obama’s campaign for espousing the notion that Republicans are conducting a war on women.
Even Barack Obama’s campaign pulled the proverbial rug out from under the Democrat strategist when advisor David Axelrod scolded her. Axelrod tweeted Rosen’s comments were “inappropriate and offensive.”
Josh, one of Romney’s five sons, said his mother “is one of the smartest, hardest working women I know. Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me."
Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney campaign strategist, wrote: "Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms."
Eric Erickson, CNN political commentator and editor of a conservative website, tweeted, "If raising five sons through breast cancer and MS isn't a real job, I'm not sure what is."