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It's Ann Romney to the rescue at GOP convention



Ann Romney delivered her long-awaited address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, timed during the 10 o'clock hour when the three broadcast networks provided their first prime-time coverage from Tampa.


The word "love" was heard repeatedly in her speech, and in a race where President Barack Obama holds a significant lead among women voters, she confronted the gender gap head-on.

Mrs. Romney aimed her message directly at "the moms who've always had to work a little harder to make things right ... we're the mothers. We're the wives. We're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters and we are the daughters. You know it's true, don't you? I love you women!"

Her deeply personal speech spoke directly to women who work on completing late-night book reports for their children, and who know which doctor they can reach when a loved one has to visit a hospital emergency room. "The last few years have been harder than they needed to be," Mrs. Romney said. "Everything has been harder ... We're not dumb enough to accept the fact that there aren't better answers."

She recalled meeting Mitt Romney at a high school dance 47 years ago. And to counteract the Democrat-crafted image of Romney as a rich, out-of-touch elitist who stores millions in offshore bank accounts, she described their humble beginnings as a couple: "We got married and moved into a basement apartment ... We ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish."

Making what she called a "solemn commitment" to the American people, she said: This man will not fail. This man will not let us down." At the conclusion of her speech, Mrs. Romney received a thunderous standing ovation, and Mitt Romney joined her onstage to the strains of "My Girl."


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 10:34pm]


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