Ann Romney: “The people hurt the most by this economy have been women” (VIDEO)

Ann Romney , wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaks at her first solo campaign rally ‘Women for Mitt’ in Findlay, OH on Sept 5, 2012.

Yesterday, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto was lucky enough to have Ann Romney on his show ‘Your World. If you’re like me, any time I get to see Ann the sun shines a little brighter.

Cavuto asked Ann about the election, women’s vote, Governor Romney coming under attack for commenting on unrest in the Middle East, upcoming debates, her knock-out convention speech, and more:

“This is going to be an economic election… The people that have been hurt the most by this economy have been women. They have higher unemployment rates than men. There are more women going into poverty - since the last 40 years.” - Ann Romney

Ann reassured listeners that Governor Romney “gets it”. He will focus on restoring jobs and better paying jobs for women and Americans, and he’ll tackle America’s deficit woes so the unthinkable won’t happen - forcing America’s children and grandchildren to pay for our current outrageous, wasteful excesses.

If you missed Ann’s wonderful, engaging speech on September 5th at the ‘Women for Mitt’ rally in Findlay, Ohio have a listen here. - Sept 5, 2012:

FINDLAY — Ann Romney fired back Wednesday at critics who have accused husband Mitt Romney of being out of touch with average Americans, saying her own bout with multiple sclerosis taught the family what it means to suffer and lose hope.

When people say that we’ve led a charmed life and we don’t relate to people that are having trouble, I want to remind you that I’ve been in a very dark place, and I know what it is like to have no hope,” Mrs. Romney said at a rally for women supporting her husband, the Republican presidential candidate, at the University of Findlay in Ohio. “So believe me when I tell you these words: We are there for you because we know what it feels like.”

She described her struggle with the disease, which coincided with her family’s move to Utah so her husband could oversee preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics there. She said she lost the use of her right side and had problems getting out of bed, but said that despite initial second thoughts the move turned out well.

“Sometimes when you take a risk like that and you just go and do what you know is the right thing to do, sometimes God looks over you,” she said.

Mrs. Romney has been in remission for years.

I’m telling you, the woman has a gift. Ann speaks with such friendly ease one doesn’t want her to stop.

Ann, keep up the great work and keep telling it like it is!

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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!


Chris Wallace Shows Bret Baier How It’s Done - Mitt on Fox News Sunday

What an interview! Chris Wallace just presented what could be used by schools as the example of how to interview presidential candidates. This interview had quite a few “tough questions”, but none of them were presented in the irresponsible way Bret Baier asked them a few weeks ago. Chris made sure his audience knew why he was asking the questions he asked, and he didn’t presume to know the answer. The contrast between the two interviews could not be more stark, but now let’s focus on today’s interview.

The interview started with Chris Wallace reminding his audience that Mitt hasn’t been on a Sunday morning show in almost two years which Mitt just laughed off (it’s been a strategy in order to peak at the right time, not because Mitt is afraid of tough questions). This interview was very educational and Mitt was able to answer the questions a lot of voters likely have in a way that I think will satisfy quite a few of them. I was especially touched by personal questions Chris Wallace had Mitt answer at the end of the interview. The follow-up questions caused Mitt to go into more detail about how he felt after Ann was diagnosed with MS and how much Ann means to Mitt. I hope this interview is seen by millions of voters because it was powerful and the end was emotional.

The interview was taped yesterday before the big endorsement of Mitt by the Des Moines Register, but Chris Wallace did mention that endorsement to his audience immediately following the interview.

We will post the interview here in it’s entirety as soon as it’s available. Here’s the transcript until then.

Gov. Romney is going to do the Top 10 on Letterman tomorrow. Mitt is going to be interviewed by Charlie Rose tomorrow night as well.

Ann Romney on the Campaign Trail

Ann Romney gestures as she speaks about her husband, Governor Mitt Romney.

Today we’re catching up with Mitt Romney’s best ambassador on the campaign trail… intrepid Ann Romney.

While maintaining a full schedule, she is also managing her health:

Trail no obstacle for Ann Romney

For Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, proper nutrition is not about looking thin onstage. Eating healthy is one of the ways Romney, 62, manages her multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological disease that she has lived with for more than a decade. It has been in remission since 2002.

Despite the disease, she is the only Republican spouse in the race so far maintaining her own campaign schedule, traveling to a different state each week.

A casual observer can see no hint of the disease that once made it difficult for her to walk. A mother of five sons and grandmother to 16, she speaks to campaign gatherings about her husband’s commitment to his family and his respect for her role raising the family; she takes a pass on policy debates.

Duprey said that on a typical day Romney will do three to four events, while making phone calls and writing personal notes in between. Days typically run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and can include driving up to 200 miles.

In addition to having multiple sclerosis, Romney had a cancerous lump removed from her breast in 2008. A routine mammogram showed a noninvasive early stage of breast cancer. The abnormal cells were removed through a lumpectomy, and Romney went through several weeks of radiation. She has not had any aftereffects, son Tagg Romney said.


Behind Mitt’s Greatness is a Great Woman: Ann Romney A Hit on ‘The View’

Ann Romney

Eric Fehrnstrom alerted me via twitter to a great article on Ann Romney: Nice piece on Ann Romney, a class act

Wayne Woodlief from happens to agree with anyone I’ve ever spoken with… that Ann Romney is a great woman and a class act:

Behind Mitt’s ‘Greatness,’ you’ll find a great woman

Mitt Romney scored a hit performance in his TV talk show blitz Tuesday. Not only did he flog the new paperback version of his book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” on three networks (ABC, CNN and NBC), he appeared approachable in his sports jacket-no tie attire, intelligent, well-briefed (had his lines on Egypt down pat) and occasionally humorous.

Romney made it perfectly clear — even as he said he’s still musing about another run for president — that he’s gonna be in the game. His wife, Ann, was his vehicle for that impression: “She’s the one most committed to my getting into this thing,” he said, nodding toward his wife, sitting beside him on ABC’s “The View.” “She’s full speed ahead.” And we know that when our wives say, “Full speed ahead,” we’d better get in that gear, too.

In fact, as sometimes happens on Broadway, the supporting actress stole this show. Ann Romney was brave as she talked about her multiple sclerosis and flashed a kind of spit-in-the-diseases’s face lightheartedness.

Asked whether MS might limit her participating in a national campaign, she said, “I’ve learned how to manage my disease. The important things are to exercise, get healthy rest and avoid stress.” Then, with a mischievous, triumphant grin, she said, “We know those things are easy to do in a campaign.”

That cracked up Barbara Walters and the rest of the gals on “The View” and in the audience.

Ann Romney wasn’t always that confident about battling MS. When she was first diagnosed, she said, “The disease was crushing me. I felt so afraid, so terrified that this thing was taking over my body. Mitt was the one who pulled me through. I remember I was thinking, ‘I’m going to be in a wheelchair, my life would be so horrible.’ I couldn’t even cook dinner. Mitt said, ‘I don’t care (about such things). I don’t care. I just want you. I love you and we’re going to make it through this together.’”

And they have. Her MS has abated and Ann intends to campaign with her husband as much as she can.

(my emphasis) Don’t miss reading the full article here.

To see the entire interview of the Romney’s appearance on The View (2/1/11) click here. (Skip forward to about 14:00.)

Ann Romney schooling her 19-hands-tall horse, 'Bentley'.

One of the activities that Mrs. Romney has credited for her being able to manage her MS is riding horses. Read more here about her competetive participation in the sport of dressage – defined as ‘the execution by a trained horse of precision movements in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider’. As an avid equestrian, she has earned competitive recognition in dressage events nationwide - winning the 2006 Gold Medal and 2005 Silver Medal at the Grand Prix level from the United States Dressage Federation.

As many know, Mrs. Romney raised five wonderful sons and is the grandmother to 16 grandchildren. What you may not know is that she has been an advocate for MS awareness and received the Inspiration Award from the New England Chapter of the MS Society. As First Lady of Massachusetts, she was involved with many children’s charities, an advocate to help MA’s faith-based groups, and was active in helping promote safety and better opportunities for urban youth. She also helped found United Way Faith and Action and in 2006 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Operation Kids.

Besides all the above, she actively helped Governor Romney in his political campaigns. She is very accomplished in her own right and, I might add, very well-spoken (she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French from Brigham Young University).

Ann Romney would be a fantastic First Lady.

► Jayde Wyatt