“She’s a breath of fresh air. She’s a family person.” ~Bob Nelson (voter), referring to Ann Romney while attending a political house party in Laconia, New Hampshire. (July 27, 2011)
No one knows Mitt Romney better than his sweetheart of 42 years, Ann Romney. She took a couple of days out of her busy schedule last week (16 grandchildren dropped by for summer fun at Lake Winnipesaukee) to help campaign for Governor Romney. She spoke about the kind of man her husband is and why she’s supporting him 100%:
Laconia, New Hampshire (July 27, 2011):
“I left 16 grandchildren at home this morning and a couple of them wanted to know why I was dressed this way, how come they weren’t going on the boat, going swimming with me,” Romney said, wearing a blue-and-white dress.
As they did during the 2008 presidential campaign, and during their four years as first family of Massachusetts, the Romneys have projected a wholesome family image.
They have talked about being high school sweethearts and highlighted their 42-year marriage. Now 62, Ann Romney stayed home to raise her five sons, all of whom are now married.
In a short speech, Romney praised her husband as a man “who knows how to do a turnaround” of both businesses and of the country. Just as Mitt Romney does on the campaign trail, she talked about his background as a businessman, about his work turning around troubled companies and starting Bain Capital. He also served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.
But she also focused on his commitment to his family.“He’d remind me always that no other success can compensate for failure in the home,” Romney said. “Where his joy came from was his family.”
Referring to her work raising her children, Romney her husband would tell her that “more important than my job is what you’re doing.”
Beverly Bruce, a consultant from Tuftonboro who plans to host a fund-raiser for Mitt Romney at the end of August, said she has seen the Romneys together, and they are so close that they finish each other’s sentences.
“She has intellect, passion, really cares what happens to the country,” Bruce said.
“She’s a breath of fresh air,” said Bob Nelson, a retiree who travels between New Hampshire and Florida. “She’s a family person.”
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Amherst, NH – July 28, 2011:
[...]“You have to turn around America, said Romney.
Mrs. Romney met supporters at the home of Lisa and Karl Hansen on The Flume in Amherst. Speaking in their living room, Romney talked about the love for her country and the need to go in another direction.
She said she has “one hundred percent confidence” that her husband will become president and tackle the country’s economic problems. She cited his extensive business experience with companies like Staples and Burger King, along with his work organizing the 2002 Olympic Games in Utah.
Sharing stories of her family and their experience in the campaign, Romney said that her husband always put business secondary to family. However, she said that he will do his best to succeed in leading both his family and the country.
She said that people are most concerned about jobs, and her husband has the most experience in creating good jobs.
“If [voters] are concerned about jobs, this election is critical,” said Romney.
Ann Romney told supporters at a meet and greet in Amherst today that her husband’s ability to lead as a father, businessman and politician made him the perfect candidate for president.
Supporters expressed their belief that his strong family values and business sense make him the best choice to fix our nation’s problems.
Take a look at this video (listening to down-to-earth, charming, witty Ann makes me wish I had been there!). NOTE: Due to the ‘auto-start’ feature on this video, it played for a day on this page and has now been linked here.
“After the last campaign, I made sure to let everybody know — and I even got a camera to come up and record it– that I would never do that again… I said that, however, after every pregnancy…”
“America needs to have a turnaround, and I thought you know, there’s only one guy I know who really knows how to do turnarounds. That’s Mitt Romney.”
She [Ann] cast this cycle’s campaign as a full family effort, with support from all 16 grandchildren. One of the Romney granddaughters will be taking a year off to work on the campaign. The 16-year-old will be home-schooled on the trail.
We love you, Ann; keep up the great work!
Mitt and Ann – White House 2012!
► Jayde Wyatt