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Contrite Rosen cancels 'Meet the Press' appearance

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An apologetic Hilary Rosen, the Democratic strategist who kicked up the political firestorm over women’s roles with a disparaging remark against Ann Romney’s choice to be a full-time mother, has decided to cancel an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday.

With Democrats from President Obama seeking to distance themselves from her, Ms. Rosen — who said Wednesday on CNN that Mrs. Romney “hadn’t worked a day in her life” — dropped plans to appear on the top political Sunday show.

“Meet the Press” teased an appearance by Ms. Rosen on its website and on the “Today” show Friday morning, but just a few hours later Ms. Rosen was begging off.

“I deeply apologize again to work-in-home moms, Mrs. Romney & the [president]. NOT going on #MTP this week. I’m going to be a mom who stays home,” Ms. Rosen tweeted.

Obama aides and other Democratic strategists were worried that her appearance could give the story fresh life and extend it into next week. The president has been gaining momentum among female voters and Democrats worry the brush-up over Ms. Rosen’s comments could reverse the trend.

Ms. Rosen apologized for her remarks Thursday after party leaders on both sides of the aisle, including the president himself, roundly condemned them.

“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Ms. Rosen said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on substance.”

She added, “As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.”

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