Mitt Romney had some mighty fine help on the campaign trail this week.
Ann Romney, Mitt’s sweetheart of 42 years, journeyed to northern Nevada to stump for her husband. She held ‘meet and greets’ with GOP party loyalists in Minden and Reno:
MINDEN — Ann Romney told Douglas County Republicans on Wednesday that her husband, Mitt, is the most-qualified presidential candidate — and the only one who can win the presidency next year.
“Only one person is out there who is running who will beat Obama, and that’s my husband,” she told the audience of about 20 at GOP headquarters in Minden.
She described next year’s ballot as “a watershed election.”
Romney also touted her husband’s experience, not only in politics but as a successful businessman, saying his ability to understand finance is critical.
“People who are life-long politicians, bless their hearts, don’t necessarily understand a balance sheet,” she said.
Mrs. Romney reminded the audience that his profession was fixing broken companies.
“He would take struggling companies and come in and turn them around,” she said. “If there is any time when this country needs a turn-around, it’s now. He’s been preparing his whole life for this.”
“This election has huge, huge consequences,” she [Ann Romney] said. “There is only one person out there who can beat Obama, and that is my husband.”
Ann Romney touted his experience as former Massachusetts governor and with the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
But speaking to a largely female audience in this rural community, she also portrayed him as a husband and father, “my high school sweetheart,” and “the person who stood by my side” when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.
“We’ve been married 42 years. I know the guy pretty well,” Ann Romney said.
She was joined by former Nevada first lady Dema Guinn, who tearfully recalled that Wednesday would have been her husband’s 75th birthday. Former Gov. Kenny Guinn died in July 2010 when he fell from the roof of his Las Vegas home while doing repairs.
Kenny Guinn and Mitt Romney met and became friends during their time as governors. Guinn supported Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential election.“He believed in Mitt so strongly,” Dema Guinn said, “and our country today is in terrible shape.”
“I know if he was here today he’d tell me to get out and do what you need to do to get Mitt Romney elected.”Guinn added later in Reno where 80 people turned out for a similar event. “We need a businessman there who knows what to do and can read a budget.”
Ann Romney said Nevadans will play a critical role as an early caucus state in the selection of the GOP nominee.
“You guys are going to make a huge, huge difference,” she told the group in Reno that included state Assemblyman Pat Hickey, of Reno, former U.S. Rep. Barbara Vucanovich and her daughter, and ex-state treasurer Patty Cafferata.
“Do not only love this country but do something for this country,” Ann Romney said. “Get these people to the caucuses. Our nation is on the line. We need to roll up our sleeves.”
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► Jayde Wyatt