In Interview with Bruce Aune, President Rejects Rosen’s Comments on Ann Romney

KCRG-TV9's Bruce Aune interviews President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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By Aaron Hepker

WASHINGTON — In an interview with KCRG-TV9's Bruce Aune, President Barack Obama denounced criticism of Republican candidate Mitt Romney's wife by a Democratic consultant who said Ann Romney "hasn't worked a day in her life." Obama says there is no tougher job than being a mom.

Obama cited his wife, Michelle, and his own mother as examples. In the interview, Obama said raising a family is work. “Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement,” the president told Aune.

Obama's remark was in response to comments by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen on Wednesday that sparked a political furor.

The president went a step further, suggesting candidates’ families should be off limits. “I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates,” he told Aune.

WATCH: President Obama Responds to Hilary Rosen's Comments About Ann Romney

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“My general view is those of us who are in the public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians,” he said. “I haven’t met Mrs. Romney, but she seems like a very nice woman who is supportive of her family and supportive of her husband. I don’t know if she necessarily volunteered for this job so, you know, we don’t need to be directing comments at them. I think me and Governor Romney are going to have more than enough to argue about during the course of this campaign.”

Watch The Full Interview with President Obama

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