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Ann Romney, vital asset to Mitt Romney's campaign

gyi_146445689_146567444.jpgFour years ago, Ann Romney swore she'd never do this again. No more campaigns, she told her husband when he stepped off the stage after conceding the Republican presidential nomination to John McCain.

But time to heal and an opening for Mitt Romney to seize the presidency this fall has her back on the campaign trail. Enthusiastically, she says.

"The reason I changed my mind is I recognized that the country needed my husband," Romney, 63, told the Times/Herald as she campaigned recently in Pensacola. "And it wasn't obviously a convenient thing to think about or even a pleasant thing to think about, but it was an absolute necessity that we do it."

Her three-city swing through Florida last month — one of several expected between now and November — was packed with symbolism and strategy.

She had conversations with Republican women at a family-owned restaurant in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, then gave a speech sitting atop a horse at an equine therapy stable in Ocala.

In Pensacola, she toured a breast cancer treatment facility where she spoke to women as life-saving chemicals pulsed through their veins.

Romney may have been reluctant at first, but she knows how important she is to the campaign.

In her own words, it is her job to "unzip" Mitt.

Story here. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

[Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 10:05am]

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