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Ann Romney in South Carolina: A Family Affair


July 18, 2007 3:20 AM

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Family was center stage both literally and figuratively as Ann Romney launched her fist solo bus tour throughout South Carolina Tuesday.

Oversized blown-up family pictures of the Romney family draped the campaign sites. On display front and center was the real life version: daughter-in-law Mary Romney and grandson Parker Romney whom were by their CFO “Chief Family Officer’s” side at each event.

Crowds of mostly women waited eagerly to hear from the mother of five, the grandmother of ten, and the potential next future first-lady of the United States.

Mrs. Romney served as the perfect spousal surrogate: touting Mitt Romney as a loving husband, valuable father, and successful businessman, volunteer and governor.  But she said he’s not done yet, “Wait until he gets his hands on Washington…he’s going to tear it up.”

Referencing the political environment that Governor Romney had risen from in Massachusetts, Mrs. Romney admitted, “It’s been quite an experience, being conservative and living in the North East,” and joked that she liked it when people called her husband, “the Yankee governor with Southern values.”

Taking aim at the characteristically liberal political culture of Massachusetts she continued, “… living with Kennedy and Kerry as your Senators: Mitt often likes to joke that he will trade anyone in the country – your two senators for his two senators. Would you guys like to trade?” The crowd, comprised mostly of Republican party members, shouted “no” in response as roars of laughter followed.

Mrs. Romney described the successes her husband had while in office, recalling the governor promising not to raise taxes in response to the health care problem, a la what the Romney’s refer to as “a Hillary takeover of health care.” Mrs. Romney, pinpointing health care as one of the most important voting issues of the 2008 presidential election, promised that her husband was one of the only candidates who’s had a successful track record, by finding a solution to universal health care coverage without having new takes through market-based initiatives.

Professing she’s having a “great time” touting her husband’s background and qualifications to win the White House, Mrs. Romney gushed how wonderful it is to have her family by her side.  Describing the campaign trail as sometimes “rough and tortuous” grandma Romney brought a little light-hearted humor into the mix, introducing her grandson Parker as the “biggest drooler ever” and later making it up to him with an ice cream cone break between events on the trail.

Mrs. Romney and clan descend on three more cities Wednesday, as part of the two-day bus tour throughout South Carolina.

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if the republicans can get enough "droolers" out to vote next time they may avoid disaster for their party...then again maybe NOT...

Posted by: daddy | Jul 18, 2007 10:36:35 AM

He would not have been elected governor if he had not lied to win office! Oh no I mean Flip Flopper that is the only way dear old Mitt is able to get elected to anything!

Posted by: Michael | Jul 18, 2007 11:05:11 AM

I do not envy the Republicans in this election and quite honestly,in any future elections,lol.

Posted by: Steve Wilson | Jul 18, 2007 11:31:37 AM

Yeah, hillary has never flipped her position on anything. But for some reason a vote to go to war with iraq comes to mind....

Posted by: Jay | Jul 18, 2007 12:19:57 PM

Romney is a panderer and doesn't have an ounce of pure conviction in his body! you should have seen how he sucked up to the gay community in Boston to get their votes, telling them he would be to the "LEFT" of Ted Kennedy on gay rights issues.

If Mitt Romney said to me, "Nice weather we're having," I'd grab an umbrella!

Posted by: George M. | Jul 18, 2007 12:21:25 PM

Mrs. Romney is a true Republican, dissing a war volunteer like Kerry while her husband and sons refused to serve, like Bush, Cheney and Rove. Guess they were too busy baptising dead people, who were never even Mormans. How do these Republican flip floppers deal with pretending to care about gay people so they can get into the political position to bash them later? These "family values" we can do without!

Posted by: A Viet Nam Vet | Jul 18, 2007 12:42:03 PM

Well, we don't like him and he doesn't like us. We will never forgive him for screwing up so badly and he will never forgive us for pointing it out.

Anyone who trusts anything Mitt Romney says is gullible enough to vote Republican.

Posted by: Tammy Stickers | Jul 18, 2007 12:44:16 PM

Mitt Romney is not against gays. He is in favor of gay rights. He just doesn't want them to have "marriage together" on a religious grounds.
Of course he wants to get votes but give him a break. He certainly did a lot for his state and the country.
Personally he is the only one not divorced and loves his wife and family.
I just think you are all antiMormon and won't admit it.

Posted by: dcooper | Jul 18, 2007 12:52:43 PM

What a great article! I have met Mrs. Romney - I shook her hand and then listened to her talk - and she is every inch the lady she appears to be on TV and elsewhere. Mitt is going to make a great president, but Ann is going to make a TERRIFIC first lady!

Posted by: Hava | Jul 18, 2007 1:34:33 PM

Goes to prove it's easier to distract people from real problems. There is nothing being quoted here that address the issues we as a coutry faces. Ms. Romney need to make an attempt to have serious conversation about real issues versus tossing meat to the lions. Both Republicans and Democrats need to show wisdom in their thinking instead of doing sound bites. It is this type of dialouge we need to eliminate in political races. Ms. Romney you ca do better.

Posted by: murl41 | Jul 18, 2007 2:51:38 PM

What's wrong with you people? Most of your comments are completely negative against Mitt Romney and his lovely wife Ann. I also think it's all about his religion.
Personally I joined the Mormon church several years ago and I am much happier.
I was devoted to my original church for mmany years and then went to many other churches. The Mormon church was for me. It is not for everyone but don't forget many other churches also think they have it exactly right. There is a lot of misconception about the Mormons and it's not fair. People get confused about what it is today.
Although my spouse showed no interest there has been more harmony thinking about family values.

To Viet Nam Vet--we have a voluteer army now remember? There is a lot of other ways to serve the country besides joining the military.


Posted by: Hartford | Jul 18, 2007 3:08:32 PM

Hartford, I do not care about his or her religion.I am fed up with negative politics. My comments related to Ms. Romney being divisive in her speech. We can do better and should expect better from those who want to lead.

Posted by: murl41 | Jul 18, 2007 3:26:29 PM

Mitt Romney is despicable. He did nothing for Massachusetts except pander to talk radio droolers. He lost jobs, raised fees, attacked gay children when he decided to run for the GOP nomination, and left the state party in a shambles. As for his wife, if you liked Pat Nixon you'll love Ann Romney.

Posted by: notformitt | Jul 18, 2007 3:44:15 PM

I am also sick of negative politics. Mitt Romney is really the most optimisitic of all the candidates. He has a strong belief in the country and the American people.

Mitt Romney is not despicable. Also those comments on that posting were wrong.

Ann Romney could make an attempt to be more serious about real issues.

John D.

Posted by: John D. | Jul 18, 2007 4:21:25 PM

When you have to assassinate the character of the two senators from your own state (be they Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal), then maybe you have nothing else to say. Why not say something positive about who you support?

Posted by: savethemiddleclass | Jul 18, 2007 4:50:20 PM

Mitt is extremely intelligent and well qualified. Additionally he did a great job as governor of my state (MA) and as a turnaround artist for the winter olympics. I fully support him for President and can not wait to vote for him.

Go Mitt

Posted by: CBM | Jul 18, 2007 5:49:14 PM

I'm a Vietnam and a Korean vet - Kerry's story has more holes than swiss cheese so I think we are the ones being dissed not him - Mrs Romneny is not running for office so why should she be making speeches about proposed policies - she is simply making a public relation visit - Contrast her with John Edwards who is making political speeches that her husband doesn't have the courage to make.

Posted by: Art Rahn | Jul 18, 2007 11:27:22 PM

The negative comments regarding this article are so typical of the far left liberals who would not know a quality person if their life depended on it. Anyone capable of spewing the vitriolic, angry comments such as they did are dangerous for our country.To have any support or interest in the two leading democratic candidates who have NO experience when it comes to responsible decision making reveals the total lack of awareness with regards to what is important for this country. They completely ignore the controversial lifestyle and irresponsible behaviors of Hilary Clnton and her husband. Not one of us is perfect but you can be sure Mitt and Ann Romney do not have such skeletons in their closet. It is time that those who love this country support a mature, responsible and experienced candidate such as Mitt Romney and those who do not love this country should leave and see just what it is like to live elsewhere. Those making such horrible comments should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: Brenda Copely | Jul 19, 2007 10:00:20 AM

Just a part of the "MASTER" plan to BUY the republican nomination. Without Ghouliani, McCain & F. Thompson in the Iowa Straw Poll Aug.11, Romney pays the tab for a 90% of the vote victory. Don't be fooled, if "Flip" Romney wins the nomination it will be a disaster for the party. Romney will never be President and anybody donating to him is wasting their money and TIME !!!

Posted by: Jerry T. | Jul 19, 2007 1:29:47 PM

I am the widow of a USAF Veteran that was retired with 100% service-connected disability. I was a young bride during the height of the Reagan Administration and admired his leadership and most of all his building up of the US Military -- not only the numbers and support, but the overall morale of our troops...even though it was peace-time. My brother served 22 years in the USAF and would have probably served longer if the military hadn't been so picked apart during the Clinton Administration. My nephew now voluntarily serves in Iraq and I am disgusted with politicians that are two-faced in their support of our troops and the mission they have all sacrificed so greatly to complete. No one ever said it would be easy, but it will be worth it! I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT MITT ROMNEY, I believe in him and his ability pull a team together to turn wishy-washy Washington around, rebuild our military, and protect our borders in the everlasting fight against terrorism -- it won't end, people! We can NEVER let down our guard!

3rd verse to our Star Spangled Banner:

"And thus be it ever where free men shall stand, between their loved homes and the war's desolation. Blessed with victory and peace, may this Heavens' rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must when our cause it is just, and this be our motto,'In God is our trust', and the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

Mitt Romney is the man to lead this nation and carry on this work!

Posted by: Julia M. | Jul 19, 2007 5:12:01 PM

Been in the military 31 years now...we need a leader who is a problem solver, proven track record of accomplishments, great communicator and thinks outside the box. How do you spell Mitt Romney...please look at the record, than look at this amazing family....the face of the family can't lie...now look at the other candidate alternatives on both sides....take a real look...what a striking difference....I know who will be focusing on solving our nations problems and not the personal problems the candidates are having behind closed doors......This Family is firmly behind MITT ROMNEY...You be the man!

Posted by: Don. | Jul 19, 2007 8:56:40 PM

The moral strength of our beatiful country, the United States of America is the only hope for our world in turmoil. As a Jewish Italian that joined the LDS faith as a 19 year 43 years ago, only strong faithful families will keep our country the moral leader of the world. It is time to have a "Presidential Family" that has proven how to be a morally strong family, since it takes a family to rear a child! Just having the Romney family in the White House for eight years would be much waited for and needed upstanding family model for both our country and the world, would alone be a reason to vote Mr. Romney into office. Of course, his strong conservative actions would be the icing on the cake. As for me and my family, a father of 5 and a grandfather of 14, we are for the Romneys, no matter what unknowledgeable attacks are written and said about him.
We will never forget, so let's roll!

Posted by: Angelo D | Jul 20, 2007 6:45:07 AM





Posted by: Larry Innes | Jul 21, 2007 12:35:16 PM

Supporting Mitt Romney is not a waste of time and money!!! The comment was very bad. He is progressing in the polls and I don't feel I am wasting time and money. He will be the best candidate. Don't forget it is still early.

I support Mitt Romney.

Brandon Lake

Posted by: Brandon Lake | Jul 21, 2007 7:35:25 PM

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