Ann Romney fought back Thursday, answering an assertion from a key Democratic activist that she had never worked a day in her life.
"I know what it's like to struggle and maybe I haven't struggled as much financially as some people, have but I can tell you that I've had struggles in my life," Romney told Fox News Thursday. "I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling and that's why we're running."
Romney, the wife of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
"My career choice was to be a mother and I think all of us need to know we need to respect choices women make," Romney said.
The furor began when Hilary Rosen, a top Democratic activist, told CNN Wednesday that Romney was unable to related to ordinary women because she did not work while helping bring up her five sons.