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Mitt Romney In 1994: 'Now Mom And Dad Both Have To Work Whether They Want To Or Not'

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As a senate candidate in 1994, Mitt Romney claimed life has changed since the 1960s and "now Mom and Dad both have to work whether they want to or not."

"This is a different world than it was in the 1960s when I was growing up, when you used to have Mom at home and Dad at work," Romney said, as shown in a video posted by BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski. "Now Mom and Dad both have to work whether they want to or not, and usually one of them has two jobs."

Romney made the remark while touting Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a childcare company. The comment is a sharp contrast to Romney's latest argument that "all moms are working moms."

The Romney campaign came to the defense of stay-at-home moms after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen criticized Ann Romney for having "never worked a day in her life." Both the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee used the remark as fodder for fundraising, using Google ads and items like bumper stickers and coffee cups tout their suport working moms.

Rosen's comment sparked a major political debate about stay-at-home moms, with many coming to Ann Romney's defense. Sarah Palin said Rosen's controversial comment "awakened many mama grizzlies," and Vice President Joe Biden called the remark "an outrageous assertion."

Obama even weighed in on the controversy, saying "there's no tougher job than being a mom."

(h/t Buzzfeed)

FULL DISCLOSURE: Rosen was once employed by The Huffington Post.

Below, Democrats who have reacted to Rosen's comments:

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