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Michele Bachmann: Hilary Rosen Comments Were 'Shocking And Insulting'

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (L) speaks during a Tea Party rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (L) speaks during a Tea Party rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, denouncing Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comments regarding Ann Romney's work history.

"I thought it was shocking and insulting," said Bachmann during a debate that also included Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “I’m a mother of five, I’ve been at home full-time with our children, I’ve also worked full-time as a federal tax litigation attorney. And one thing I know: When women are home full-time, they probably have a better pulse on their economy than even their husbands have because they’re the ones impacted by the price of groceries, by the price of gasoline, by the price of dealing with banking.”

Rosen started a firestorm on Wednesday evening when she criticized Ann Romney for a lack of professional career experience. In an interview on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Rosen said that Romney "never worked a day in her life", and has "never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing."

Members from both sides of the partisan aisle distanced themselves from Rosen's remarks, including Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Rosen apologized to Mrs. Romney on Thursday, admitting that her words were "poorly chosen."

Rosen was scheduled to appear on this Sunday edition of "Meet The Press," but canceled her appearance after making the controversial comments. She released a statement to NBC, noting that she "will instead spend the weekend trying to explain to [her] kids the value of admitting a mistake and moving on."

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