Hilary Rosen, who gained instant fame for her assertion that Ann Romney has "actually never worked a day in her life" weeks ago, apologized for her words on Sunday and declined to offer further advice to Mitt Romney on women's issues.
"This debate took a wrong turn, and I'm sorry if I was the cause of that," the Democratic consultant said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Rosen's comments weeks ago touched off a fire storm in which the Romney campaign and Republican operatives took to Twitter to slam what they called a tone-deaf evaluation that ignored the hard work of stay-at-home mothers. Ann Romney herself even took to Twitter to rebut the comments that night, tweeting "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." The Obama campaign distanced themselves from Rosen's comments, but Rosen said on Sunday that it was "politics" and that she wasn't offended by the move.
Rosen had taken issue with a statement Mitt Romney made indicating his wife "reports back" to him on what women across the U.S. are saying about the economy. Rosen argued that Ann isn't a good surrogate because she's chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, and therefore isn't in-tune with the issues many women face. The statement sparked a debate between the two parties over the role of women in the workforce that continued on Sunday during a Meet the Press panel discussion.
When asked whether Romney should find a new adviser on women's issues, Rosen passed. "I'll leave that to Mitt Romney to decide who he talks to," she said. "I'm not going to go there."