Hilary Rosen Tweets Ann Romney: 'I Admire You -- But...'

By Susan Jones | April 12, 2012 | 10:16 AM EDT

In this Sept. 5, 2011, file photo Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney serves up a Labor Day pancake breakfast in Manchester, N.H., with his wife of 42 years, Ann. She wore the same white apron and the ease of a woman who spent countless mornings flipping flapjacks for five hungry sons. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic strategist who said Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life" isn't apologizing for her comments.  In fact, late Wednesday night, Hilary Rosen clarified the point she was trying to make on CNN, when her words created such controversy.

In a tweet to Mrs. Romney, Rosen said: "Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy."

Republicans -- even Obama advisers -- criticized Rosen for what she told CNN's Anderson Cooper earlier Wednesday evening: Rosen was making the point that while Romney is right to reach out to women on economic issues, he's wrong to use his wife as his adviser on those issues.

"What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, 'Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women realy care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing.' Guess what?" Rosen said. "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's 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."

In a tweet of her own, Ann Romney told Rosen: "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."

Rosen, who advises the Democratic National Committee, tweeted back to Ann that she also is raising children: "But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don't u?" she asked.

Jim Messina, the manager of President Obama's re-election campaign, tweeted that Rosen's comments "were wrong" and "She should apologize."