Palin: Rosen awakened 'Mama Grizzlies'

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney "have awakened many Mama Grizzlies across the nation" and demonstrate that liberals do not respect "women's choices."

“The comments that Hilary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many Mama Grizzlies across the nation,” Palin said Thursday on Fox News of the Democratic strategist's remarks.

“Why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them?"


Rosen's comments Wednesday night that Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, had "never worked a day in her life" drew loud bipartisan condemnation but provided Republicans valuable ammunition in an escalating fight over female voters.

Rosen has since apologized, but Republicans continue to argue that the remarks reveal that some Democrats do not respect the work of stay-at-home mothers.

Palin said she believed Rosen's comments were inspired by liberals wanting to attack "conservative women" of all stripes.

"Let me share with you a quick text my sister had sent to me,” Palin said. “She said, ‘Oh, wait, didn’t these people slam you, who are the same ones slamming Ann Romney, because she stayed at home with five kids? Didn’t they slam you for not staying at home with your five kids?'

"‘It’s obviously not a mom thing they are slamming, it’s a conservative thing," Palin said.

The former Alaska governor went on to call for greater unity among women.

“It’s a sad commentary on this — this attempt to invalidate a woman for the choices that she’s making when really we should be unified. All women should be standing up for each other when you consider what’s going on in this country. All women, and all races, and all ages. We are all suffering under Obama’s economy, and we need to make changes," Palin said.