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Ryan, Obama, Romney, and Biden's Moms: Too Many Matriarchs in the Race (VIDEO)

Preparing for the vice presidential debate Thursday in Kentucky, Paul Ryan was in Fort Lauderdale yesterday with his mom, Betty Douglas. Indeed, the 78-year-old made the campaign's nine millionth campaign fundraising call. 

Well, I am sick and tired of moms in this election. Just a few months ago, after his plan for transforming Medicare into a voucher system started to get press, the viciously conservative rep from Wisconsin brought Betty into the race. Speaking of Medicare with his mom at his side at the Villages, a retirement community near Ocala, he said, "It's what my mom depended on. It is what my grandma depended on.

Can you say cheap use of mom? But it wasn't the first.

There was Mitt Romney's mom, Lenore. Last month, Salon picked up on an interview she gave to local TV when his dad, George, was on "welfare relief" many years ago. "We've only owned our home for the last four years," she says. "He was a refugee from Mexico. He was on relief -- welfare relief -- for the first years of his life, but this great country gave him opportunities." Gotcha.

And of course, Barack Obama not only keeps annoyingly calling his wife, Michelle, "Sweetie," on national television. Worse is this statement from President Obama, made in 2008 and brought up last month by VP Joe Biden: "For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that."

He was using his mom to make a point about health coverage, but then journalist Janny Scott showed that it was distinctly misleading. There was an argument about insurance, but it was disability insurance -- not health -- when justifying the need to reform health insurance was the whole point of the tale.

Joe Biden made big news a couple of years ago when he eulogized his Irish-American mom. The eulogy was on TV around the world, scoring the veep political points. But hey, at least there was nothing miselading in this one.

Can't these boys make their own political points. Can't journalists leave their damned moms alone? This use of mommies stinks. It has to stop.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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