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Romney's wife appeals to women; could help close female voter gap

Posted August 28, 2012
Updated August 29, 2012

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— No one knows Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney like his wife of four decades.

On Tuesday night, in a heartfelt, personal speech, Ann Romney shared her husband with the nation, talked openly about their marriage and appealed to women voters – wives and mothers who "hold the nation together."

The former Massachusetts governor is eager to attract more support from female voters. Polls show President Barack Obama with an eight-point lead over Romney in that demographic. 

On the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Ann Romney assured women that her husband can be trusted with the decisions that matter most. 

"As a wife, as a mother, as a grandmother and as an American, I give you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail," she said.

She shared touching moments of the couple's life together – from the moment they met in the late 1960s at a high school dance to the present, in which their bond has been tested by Ann Romney's battles with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Through it all, she said, "(Mitt) still makes me laugh."

It was a passionate and convincing endorsement of Romney the man, not the politician. 

"No one will work harder. No one will care more. No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live," she said.

Changing Romney's image among women, which has been tarnished somewhat by an aggressive pro-life movement within the Republican Party and recent remarks about "legitimate rape" from Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, could be essential to winning the White House, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Scheiffer said Tuesday afternoon.

Mitt and Ann Romney campaigning Ann Romney looks to humanize husband

"When Ann Romney takes the stage, there's one goal: to humanize her husband," he said.

Two North Carolina delegates said they think Romney is simply misunderstood by women.

"Mitt Romney is a likable guy. He just needs to reach out to women and show them where his heart is," said delegate Dena Barnes. "Sometimes, I think it's just about the communication, and that's the key."

Delegate Ann Sullivan said she questions the accuracy of polls that show Romney struggling to gain female support.

"That's Prince Charming in my book," she said. "He's the ideal man."

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  • awood2 Aug 30, 2012

    this year we are going to be voting for the lesser of 2 evils.

  • driverkid3 Aug 30, 2012

    jennihul::::But they aren't fooling the majority of women.

    You don't speak for all women. You speak for the easily fooled and gullible women. We are not all like you, remember that.

  • driverkid3 Aug 30, 2012

    oblosser::::I don't relate to a woman who can fly her daughter and friends to a resort for a birthday party either. Nor do I relate to a woman who can afford to have top rock stars perform for her daughters. Get a grip!

    But you CAN relate to a woman who will send her daughter on a "spring break vacation" to Mexico, using Secret Service personell and wasting God knows how much money to do all that? And that will also waste money of having rock stars perform at the WH? Wow, what hypocrisy!

  • driverkid3 Aug 30, 2012

    halfpint1552::::She only appeals to upperclass, stay at home mothers, with no clue on what's it is like to work to take care of your children.

    Wrong! She made a very clear statement, and I think she was right. I am not upperclass, I am poor, and I know all to well what it's like to have to work. I also, more importantly, know what it's like to take care of MYSELF, without having to depend on the government to do it for me.

  • ssi Aug 29, 2012

    lavjt,

    You're making one heck of an assumption, and in doing so you'd be totally, completely incorrect. Yes, I would say the exact same thing if it was one of my "republican buddies", as you put it. Guess what, I'm a registered Democrat. I don't really care who's doing it, it's not right. If this health care effort is so good, why have so many companies/organizations, including many, many unions, asked to be able to opt out of it. They want nothing to do with it. And if it's so good why aren't the president and Congress falling all over themselves to get into it. They don't want it because they have their own, personal program that we, the citizens, can't have access to. They live by a different set of rules, both parties. So no, you're not right.

  • bawilliams816 Aug 29, 2012

    LoL female voters still know that team RR plans to take away their rights regardless of how "appealing" Mrs Romney is. She told several lies during her attempt to connect voters with a softer Romney.

  • lavjt Aug 29, 2012

    @ssi: So I am assuming you think it is okay for government intrusion when it is a cause you believe in (infringing on someone elses rights cause you say its right). The middle class and everyone else who can't afford healthcare in this country THANK President Obama. I have a feeling this is more about Obama and less about healthcare. If it were passed by one of your republican buddies, I am sure you would say it was patriotic and the right thing to do and would be glad to pay a little more, I am right aren't I???

  • ssi Aug 29, 2012

    simplelogic,

    Yes, the health care issue does most assuredly affect the economy, but I'm afraid in this case it's going to be negatively. My health insurance costs have already gone up (when we were told they would come down), and that is directly affecting MY economy.

    And since when is it OK for the federal government to REQUIRE/FORCE a citizen to purchase a particular product from from a private company? What's next, an electric car, a windmill in every yard, photo cells on every roof? Think of the last thing in the world you would want to purchase, and then think of the government forcing you to purchase it.

    And as to not knowing what's in the law, many, possibly most, in Congress had no idea what the bill was about when they voted on it, because the never read it. And at ~2,700 pages of legaleze I don't really blame them. Remember Nancy Pelosi's famous statement about having to pass it so we could find out what's in it? It's a little late after that.

  • junk999 Aug 29, 2012

    "You obviously have not read the tax code, as the middle class is about to get screwed with Obama Care."

    You obviously are just parroting Right-wing propaganda.

    "The health law, if it works as the nonpartisan government analysts expect, will provide more tax relief than tax burden for middle-income Americans."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/obamacare-tax-hikes-vs-tax-breaks-which-is-greater/2012/07/06/gJQAx6AyPW_blog.html

    And what is the GOP health care plan? Oh yeah, they don't have one. But, as I said, Romney intends to give himself a tax cut, and raise taxes on those who can least afford it.

  • lavjt Aug 29, 2012

    Healthcare was very important as it directly related to the longterm health of this country and for the people who were going bankrupt and trying to stay afloat because of healthcare, they got some needed releif. The problem is Obama inherited numerous issues that needed to be addressed right away that was directly related to our economy and many found out he could not walk on water.

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