Ohio governor at Romney rally: Our wives are at home doing laundry
Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said Wednesday at a Romney campaign rally that his wife was at home doing laundry while he gave political speeches.
“You know, Jane Portman, Karen Kasich, and Janna Ryan, they operate an awful lot of the time in the shadows,” he said in Owensville, referring to the wife of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, his own wife, and the wife of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, respectively.
“It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official,” Kasich continued. “You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”
Like other Republicans, Kasich has had to fight off claims that he is engaged in a so-called “war on women” because of his opposition to reproductive rights.
“Since the 2010 elections, Governor Kasich and the legislature have conducted a relentless war on women passing legislation that bans later term abortion care without an exception for rape or incest,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said in August.