Ann Romney tells Republicans Mitt 'will not fail'


Ann Romney: Mitt 'will take America to a better place'

Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, has painted a loving portrait of her husband at the Republican convention, on the day he became the party's White House nominee.

In her prime-time speech, the would-be first lady spoke of her "real marriage" to a steadfast partner and father.

Correspondents say the address aimed to show the human side of the Republican, who lags behind President Barack Obama in likeability ratings.

Mr Romney will challenge the Democratic president in November's elections.

Opinion polls show Mr Obama neck-and-neck with Mr Romney, who will deliver his big speech to the convention on Thursday.

Tuesday's proceedings came to an end with a tubthumping speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who told delegates in Tampa that Mr Romney would tell Americans "the hard truths" they needed to hear as he sought to fix the economy.

'From my heart'

Highlighting Mr Romney's image problem, a new opinion poll suggests the former Massachusetts governor's favourability rating is the lowest of any major party nominee since Ronald Reagan's presidency.

Mrs Romney, 63, told the audience she wanted to "talk to you from my heart about our hearts", saying of her husband, "you really should get to know him".

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She talked about the way her husband helped her deal with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.

"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage,'" she said.

"Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters on MS [multiple sclerosis] or breast cancer.

"A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

She addressed criticism from Democrats over her husband's successful private equity career. "Mitt will be the first to tell you that he is the most fortunate man in the world.

"But as his partner on this amazing journey, I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it."

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Mrs Romney ended by pledging: "This man will not fail. This man will not let us down.

"He will take us to a better place, just as he took me home safely from that dance."

Mr Romney, 65, appeared on stage and kissed his wife as she concluded her remarks, to a standing ovation from the audience.

Speaking after Mrs Romney, Chris Christie stressed that Mitt Romney was right man to take control of a struggling US economy.

"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good paying private sector jobs again in America," he said.

"It's time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House."

Abortion and Wall Street

The speeches followed a roll-call of party delegates and a lively voice poll in which state delegates called out their team's allocation of votes.

Key convention speeches

Tuesday: Ann Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former US senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Wednesday: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Arizona Senator John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan

Thursday: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Altogether, Mr Romney secured 2,061 votes, bringing him comfortably over the crucial 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan was also given the Republican party's official stamp of approval on Tuesday. He will speak to the convention in a much-anticipated speech on Wednesday night.

There were attacks on Mr Obama, with House Speaker John Boehner saying "his record is as shallow as his rhetoric".

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said the president has "never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand".

The convention also approved its party platform - a policy agenda that calls for tax cuts to revive the economy, repealing and replacing a healthcare law passed by Mr Obama, and an end to abortion.

Recent opinion polls have indicated that voters view the economy and unemployment, which is stuck at 8.3%, as top priorities.

The platform also calls for the overturning of measures passed to regulate Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse.

Christie: Romney believes in 'American greatness'

This is Mr Romney's second run for the White House, after an unsuccessful bid in 2008.

President Obama's re-nomination will be confirmed next week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This year's convention got off to a late start when Monday's programme was postponed amid concerns that Hurricane Isaac might disrupt the proceedings in Tampa.

But the category one hurricane missed Tampa, instead making landfall in southern Louisiana on Tuesday evening.

It comes almost seven years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.


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    Comment number 417.

    "Nuts thrown at Black camerawoman" Yes, the BBC knows it's priorities when dealing with America!

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    Comment number 416.

    Bill Clinton was a Big Liberal but the Republicans, aside from trying to get him impeached over a taudry personal affair, never exhibited the instantaneous visceral hatred that became apparent on Obama's victory night in 2008. The first educated progressive black man to be elected president and the american right wing went insane. The vile insults and lies hurled at Obama are without precedent.

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    Comment number 415.

    a drunken sailor knows to turn when he bumps into a wall. Obama just pouts when he encounter resistance. health care was a bad policy for Obama to champion. It was as bill Clinton said its the economy stupid.

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    Comment number 414.

    if USA goes belly up like Greece the poor will be just as bad off as the poor in Greece. on street begging, Obama policies are not helping the economy they just barely treading water. IS mitt the answer maybe. government spending under Obama has not worked.
    12 million are unemployed. 9% unemployment mean we need 250,000 just to say even with population growth.

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    Comment number 413.

    C those are well known exceptions to free speech because they can cause harm. which in USA would fall under the none peaceful assembly cause peaceful protest USA is legal. violent protest is not.

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    Comment number 412.

    Only a drunken sailor or a not so smart Obama would want to be the captain of this big old run down titanic of a ship, when everyone else knows that it is heading into many perfect storms on this trip.

    Mitt is just showing off to his wife, he don't want to sink with the poor.

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    Comment number 411.

    How could Romney "fail" when he advocates at least two sides of every issue ?

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    Comment number 410.

    c 405 maybe you mom should have saved money she made for catastrophic health insurance and long term care insurance it is not government job to care for all those who are poor they need to take some effort themselves. if you taxed ever one to cover every possible problem in life there is not enough money

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    Comment number 409.

    406, if you believe that I challenge you to go to a town square full of people (especially if a figure of authority is there, say a police officer), and yell: Fire!

    (when there is no fire).
    Or any other thing like that.

    Not convinced? OK, try lying about someone to defame them. You know, libel and/or slander? That is also not covered by freedom of speech.

    Inciting violence? Same deal.

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    Comment number 408.

    A famous General once said something that bears upon this convention. "Nuts"

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    Comment number 407.

    obamacare is over budget already and half of it has not even been implemented.

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    Comment number 406.

    free speech means people can say something you don't like. but it also means you can say things other people don't like that. the form of the speech is irrelevant, pamphlet, TV AD,billboard, phone call campaign.
    or union can shut down a company to fight for a contract. even if trains don't run. so company have same right and in uk company can vote to.

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    Comment number 405.

    389 My stepmother who died a couple years ago, worked for Disney. She was known in the art community throughout the world, was in exhibits, and so on. Really good artists like she was make A LOT of money. But the last ten years of her life, she was at end stage liver disease and couldn't work. She was very kind/loving. She was a fighter and worked REALLY hard. What you said is a disgraceful lie.

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    Comment number 404.

    money has always been a form of speech since with 500 people giving $100 they can start a campaign against something they don't want government to do. like a referendum. if government wants to in increase cost of doing business for company though regulation that company has right to campaign against that regulation all example how money equals speech.

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    Comment number 403.

    The left are out in force today. All this talk about Romney and capitalism, where does everyone think Obama gets his millions? Including hollywood of course, that bastion of virtues and morals. A lot of obama press sound bites being repeated on here, Mitt Romney is being painted by the left wing press as some sort of emotionless robot which is why she spoke out. Obama just seems incincere to me

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    Comment number 402.

    I find the present incarnation of the Republican party really scary, GW Bush was bad enough but I fear Romney will be a disaster both for the US where many will die as a result of his proposed policies but also for the rest of the world as he engages in more military adventurism

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    Comment number 401.

    Romney personally, & his campaign continue lie, saying Obama removed work requirement for welfare recipients when this is untrue. Republicans always cry for federal govt to devolve power to states. It was some republican governors who asked Obama administration for waiver from "work requirement" citing the nation's & their states' economic woes. Now, they are using it against him. What a shame!

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    Comment number 400.

    Remember folks, this man could be in charge of the UK in 6 months unless we tell our own 'leader' to quit being a wannabe American groupie.

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    Comment number 399.

    " Olive Jane Is it any coincidence that "Mitt Romney" is an anagram of "My, I'm Rotten"."

    that's reaching,a pure example making up insulst because you have nothing useful to say

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    Comment number 398.

    390. Looney Limey
    >>>Billions of dollars that the supreme court decided was a form of speech and has replaced "The Voice of the People" with cold hard cash for political favors and tax breaks for Corps & rich

    Indeed. That sound you can hear in the distance is the founding fathers spinning in their graves. America should be ashamed of what its democracy has become - as should we of ours.


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