Ann Romney: Entertainment Tonight, Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, B-Day Cake ‘Trumps’ Fundraiser

Last night, the crew at Entertainment Tonight caught up with busy Ann Romney. Nancy O’Dell asked the former First Lady of Massachusetts a variety of questions, including queries about Saturday Night Live skits that skewer her and Governor Romney. Ann’s good humor won the evening: “Over the weekend we heard about it — our kids e-mailed us about it and we laughed about it.”

Mrs. Romney was also asked if she would ever appear on SNL (answer in video below).

Ms. O’Dell inquired about Ann’s health - her battle with cancer and ongoing challenges with multiple sclerosis. Opening up about the debilitating way M.S. affects her, Ann revealed a scare she had just before Super Tuesday. Here’s the interview:

I had such a nice time talking to her [Ann Romney]. She is such a strong woman.” ~ Nancy O’Dell

On Monday (April 23rd), the night before mini Super Tuesday elections, the former Massachusetts First Lady was in Stamford, Connecticut where she was the keynote speaker at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner.

If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s named after United States Senator Prescott Sheldon Bush who represented Connecticut from 1952 until January 1963. He was the father of President George H. W. Bush (41), and grandfather to President George W. Bush (43) and 43rd Governor of Florida - Jeb Bush. The event sold out; it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the state GOP. This year, Tom Foley, who ran for governor in 2010, received the Prescott Bush Award. Foley was narrowly defeated by Democrat Dan Malloy.

Mrs. Romney regaled the crowd relating stories of the hard work and rewards of motherhood and shared the some of the challenges of her health. In 2002, when Governor Romney committed to take on the scandal-ridden Winter Olympic Games, her M.S. was so bad she could barely walk, but, with Mitt’s encouragement, she was able to carry the Olympic torch. She related how her husband and five boys cheered and got teary-eyed with love and pride when she completed the taxing accomplishment.

Ann spoke of the juggling act of motherhood:

“I know what it’s like to finish the laundry and to look in the basket five minutes later and it’s full again,” Romney said. “I know what it’s like to pull all the groceries in and see the teenagers run through and then all of sudden all of the groceries you just bought a few hours ago are gone. I know what it’s like to get up early in the morning and get them off to school. I know what it’s like get up in the middle of the night when they’re sick And I know what it’s like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have.”
“Some people think that I didn’t work,” Romney said. “I didn’t have help for many, many years.”

Romney said it was only after the birth of her youngest son, Craig, when she had to have emergency surgery, that she enlisted help with running the household.

Ann also spoke of the outpouring of encouragement she is receiving along the campaign trail and of the many women who have revealed they are praying for her:

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that because the days are long, the road is hard, the trials are there and I never know when I have this little gray cloud over my head when it’s going to start raining again,” Romney said. “And I do need everyone’s prayers.”

C-Span aired Ann’s excellent speech:

Ann Romney: “There is something going on out there in America. Traveling all over the United States has been amazing and I have met the most amazing people, especially women. These women are speaking to me about the economy, about the budget deficit, about their future. I have learned that people are ready for a change and for someone to come out and fix it.”

Readers have asked about the birthday party/fundraiser Melania Trump hosted for Ann Romney back on April 17th. In a nutshell, it was a great success!


Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people? WRONG!

In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:

Mitt cares deeply about the poor, and his actions speak louder than words. How many “journalists” have bothered to mention that Mitt has given over $7,000,000 (SEVEN FREAKING MILLION!) to charitable organizations in just the last two years? Records from before then show the Romney’s consistent giving millions upon millions to organizations that care for the poor. By contrast, Joe Biden gave only $3690 to charity in an entire decade … that’s PROOF of someone that doesn’t care about the poor. From 2001-4, the Obamas made nearly a million dollars, but donated LESS THAN 1% of that income to charity.

Or what about when Mitt gave cash out of his pocket to the lady in South Carolina who said God guided her to follow Romney’s campaign bus to find help to keep her lights on? The EXACT SAME CNN REPORTER (Soledad) even reported about that a couple of weeks ago … does she have no memory?

Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.

Recall Vic’s post from a couple days back that highlighted Romney’s life of service and included the following YouTube:

Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.

Mitt Romney Participates in the First Election 2012 Fox News Google+ Hangout with Bret Baier

Gov. Mitt Romney webcasted from Columbia, South Carolina to Bret Baier and three voters with the aid of the new Google+ Hangout program.

Add Mitt Romney to one of your circles on Google+ and add Mitt Romney Central while you’re at it.

It’s great to see Gov. Romney leading the pack when it comes to embracing new mediums and social networks in order to reach voters in a more personal way. Gov. Romney seems to be utilizing Tout and Foursquare effectively as well.

UPDATE: Check out these two encouraging video clips from Hannity:

Then, Ann Coulter came out with an article titled “IF NOT ROMNEY, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?“.

Watch video of a marching band performing at the Mitt Romney Rally at the Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI following the Republican Debates at Oakland University below the fold (more…)

Romney Names Connecticut Campaign Team: Cafero, McKinney,Foley Will Chair

Let’s roll out the scroll…

Yesterday, Mitt Romney revealed a lengthy, impressive list of Connecticut campaign team members. House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and former U.S. Ambassador Tom Foley will chair his Steering Committee in the Constitution State:

I am proud to announce my supporters in Connecticut,” said Mitt Romney. “Connecticut voters want a president with a record of job creation, cutting spending, and keeping taxes low. That is why I am running for President. These leaders will help me as I reach out to voters in Connecticut spreading this pro-growth message and working to bring jobs back to the state and the country.”

Announcing his support, House Minority Leader Larry Cafero said, “Connecticut voters are looking for someone who has experience working in the real economy. After three years of failed policies, it is clear that we need a candidate who will defeat President Obama and get America’s fiscal house in order.”

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said, “With millions of Americans unemployed, is time for a president who will get people back to work. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands what is required to create jobs. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Washington needs this kind of leadership more than ever.”

(emphasis added )

Connecticut Elected Officials and Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• Tom Foley; Former U.S. Ambassador
• Senate Minority Leader John McKinney
• House Minority Leader Larry Cafero
• Kevin O’Connor; Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney
• The Honorable Rob Simmons, Member of Congress, 2001-2007
• The Honorable Larry DeNardis, Member of Congress, 1980-1984 and Former President of the University of New Haven
• State Senator Toni Boucher
• State Senator Scott Frantz
• State Senator Rob Kane
• State Senator Michael McLachlan
• State Senator Kevin Witkos
• Dan Debicella; Former State Senator
• Judith Freedman; Former State Senator
• Mark Nielsen; Former State Senator
• State Representative Mike Alberts
• State Representative Chris Coutu
• State Representative Janice Giegler
• State Representative John Hetherington
• State Representative Jason Perillo
• State Representative David Scribner
• State Representative Terrie Wood
• John Stripp; Former State Representative
• Julia Wasserman; Former State Representative
• Mark Boughton; Mayor of Danbury
• Tim Stewart; Mayor of New Britain
• Dick Moccia; Mayor of Norwalk
• Ryan Bingham; Mayor of Torrington
• Jayme Stevenson; Selectman for Darien
• Jerry Nielsen; Selectman for Darien
• Laura Francis; First Selectman for Durham
• Michael Pace; First Selectman for Old Saybrook
• Tim Herbst; First Selectman of Trumbull
• Diane Generous; State Central Committee - Baltic
• Rich Tutunjian; State Central Committee - Barkhamsted
• Jennifer Harvey; State Central Committee - Bolton
• Bill Jenkins; State Central Committee - Chaplin
• Jonathan Gilman; State Central Committee - Gilman
• Jane Dauphinais; State Central Committee - Groton
• Alex Karsanidi; State Central Committee - Ridgefield
• Mike Botelho; Glastonbury Republican Town Committee, State Central Committee
• Jim Campbell; Greenwich Town Republican Chair
• Corey Brinson; Hartford Councilman
• John Pavia; Connecticut Republican Party Finance Committee Chairman
• Greg Butler; Senior Vice President and General Counsel Northeast Utilities
• Cindy Varricchio; Portland Town Republican Committee Chairman
• Ed Dadakis; Former Chairman Greenwich Republican Town Committee
• Mike Doyle; Former New London Town Republican Committee Chairman
• Jay Malcynsky; Attorney; Connecticut Director, Bush for President 2000
• Derek Phelps; Director, External Affairs for Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
• Gary DeFilippo Former Commissioner, State Department of Motor Vehicles
• Dick Foley; Former Connecticut Republican Party Chairman
• John Miller; Former RNC National Committeeman
• George Gallo; Former Connecticut Republican Party Chair

With a list like this, we expect great things from the wonderful state of Connecticut!

► Jayde Wyatt