Ann Romney knows what it is like to struggle. While the Democrats and media paint the Romneys as elitists who are out of touch with everyday Americans, they ignorantly, or purposely, overlook the fact that Mitt Romney’s wife has overcome challenges in her life that would have overwhelmed many people.
Ann Romney battled breast cancer and won. She continues to fight multiple sclerosis, which is a debilitating, even deadly, disease. She raised five boys, a daunting task for anyone. Ann Romney is a survivor. She is also Mitt Romney’s best surrogate.
While the GOP presidential nominee stepped away from the campaign trail out of respect for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, he wisely dispatched his best spokesperson to Iowa. Romney’s wife visited Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines on Tuesday. Building support for her husband and motivating supporters took a back seat to helping those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. However, she was able to accomplish those tasks as well.
At each stop, Mrs. Romney encouraged attendees to donate to the American Red Cross. Her visits to Cedar Rapids and Davenport focused on helping collect items for storm relief efforts. Although Mitt Romney was originally scheduled to accompany his wife to the Des Moines campaign stop, there were no signs of any lessened enthusiasm. Ann Romney has quickly become one of the most popular Republicans in the country.
A standing room only crowd of 500 Iowans packed into the Temple for Performing Arts to listen to the woman they hope is the next first lady of the United States. Mrs. Romney was greeted with a rousing ovation. However, she quickly tempered the mood by focusing on the Hurricane Sandy victims.
“One thing I know about America is when people are going through difficulties, Americans put aside their differences, they join arms and help one another and that’s what we’re here to do tonight,” Romney said.
She encouraged everyone to donate to the American Red Cross. But Mrs. Romney also shed a light on the more human side of her husband. She spent a few minutes telling the audience about the bond Mitt Romney made with a 14-year old boy dying of leukemia.
“That is the man that I know,” Mrs. Romney said. “That I know cares, that is so good, that has such integrity. And that is the man that is going to be sitting in the Oval Office making decisions that are so important.”
Ann Romney painted the picture of a man who has succeeded at everything because he puts his all into everything. It was an effective and compelling 10-minute speech that not only helped raise thousands of dollars to help Hurricane Sandy victims, it also helped reassure Iowans that Mitt Romney is the right choice to become the country’s chief executive.
“I trust him so completely,” she added. “I know him so well. He always wants to do the right thing and the best thing for the country. When he’s going to be weighing decisions, you will know that he will have one thing on his mind: what is best for America.”
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