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 357.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many Americans have a short memory on what president and party got them into the $15 trillion dollar mess they are in now.

    Again they want to vote for a multi-millionaire who can hardly relate to the middle class, let alone the 50 million or so low income households. You cannot reduce US debt without raising taxes, Romney's policy will perpetuate the debt

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    Comment number 356.

    So the Republicans are behaving true to type - throwing nuts at a black camera woman and making remarks about feeding animals - are these the sort of people who should be governing the US ?

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    Comment number 355.

    Election of the republicans will lead to the needless deaths of women who become pregnant and who need an abortion, as it has in Nicaragua where the catholic church has decided that stopping abortion is more important than the lives of women.
    That half of emericans would even contemplate voting for them is depressing for the rest of the civilised world, and anyone with any sense of morality.

  • rate this

    Comment number 354.

    333. LucyJ
    'Ann+Christie's speeches both spoke of a better future for America
    than the one Obama is offering'

    How naive can you be? Of course, they would.

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    Comment number 353.

    Visiting the US just recently, I was chatting to a server and she told me that she didn't need to know about other parts of the world because she was taught she lived in the 'best' country.

    I don't think I have quite recovered from her remark. At first I just felt like hitting her and then I just felt so completely sorry for her, for her future, for her country - maybe us all.

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    Comment number 352.

    The destiny of a Country is determined by how much LOVE;one bears towards the Country as a whole.With enough of mistakes done either knowingly or under ignorance has invited the present situation to prevail at USA.When we invite Justice to take its place with enough of LOVE extended the entire situation shall change overnight for GOOD which might require some time to take shape but be happened.

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    Comment number 351.

    The most of people who are active in making comments on BBC website are left and anti-America, so it is not surprise that those highest rated comments are all against Romney. But I still support Romney and think he has good leadership and can save the economy of the US and the world!

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    Comment number 350.

    I recently read somewhere: 'A full 50% of Americans are either deeply stupid or completely mad. That fact makes life very difficult for the other 50%'. Whatever I feel about this country, our current government (etc), I can only think, 'Thank God I live here and not there!'

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    Comment number 349.

    Most of the western world's elected leaders since WWII have been liars, delusional, idiots, corrupt or power-crazed fools. Does this man have anything new to offer?

    Obama has been a disappointment, but, if elected, Romney cannot possibly do worse than we expect of him.

  • rate this

    Comment number 348.

    The USA needs to be very careful when it falls.

    It trod on a lot of people on the way up.

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    Comment number 347.

    who on the right mind wants a person as a president who has no respect for womans rights(abortion) and discrimates against his own people about gay rights...i find the GOP hypocrites and living 50 years behind times..

  • rate this

    Comment number 346.

    Why do people put so much store by what a candidates WIFE says?

    What do they THINK she is going to say - that he beats her on a daily basis and spends all their money at the bookies?

    it is a fatuous exercise and tells us nothing at all.....

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    Comment number 345.

    What really bothers me is how the 'average citizen' has been used over the last few years (banks/housing problems). And yet, in they vote a multi-multi millionaire and then give his wife a platform to speak to the average woman. You couldn't make this stuff up - only in the USA and they will drink it up and die believing their party leader.

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    Comment number 344.

    I keep hearing from those sleepy, ignorant people, "we didn't create the war in Afghanistan & Iraq"! Here, who is "we"? Obviously, it isn't Obama. It's you Republicans. So, what part it is that you're not understanding. "We" the Democrats, bringing troops back home to their loved ones. Wake up from your Republicans nightmare, Freddy ..!!

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    Comment number 343.

    Alas, for Ann, for all her claims of how loving Mitt is, it doesn't change the fact that he is an unrepentant liar. And evidently she is too when she refuses to acknowledge that Mitt did not build anything by himself. It took gov't action to allow his private equity actions.

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    Comment number 342.

    Grover Norquist is a power broker who has most GOP members signatures on a "promise to the People" to NEVER raise taxes
    If they vote to raise taxes he will force them to comply by taking funding away
    He is NOT an elected official
    He had a dream at age 12 & now he is
    because he can get all GOP members to do his bidding
    He considers himself the REAL leader of U$A

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    Comment number 341.

    November 2012 - Vote takes place
    January 2013 - Inauguration
    February 2013 - 2015 - same old, same old
    2015 - 2017 - campaign trail

    Ghastly and its even worse (hard to imagine) if you throw into the mix X Factor or American Idol.

    The West is the East!!!

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    Comment number 340.

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

    This shows how much the Republican Party is out of touch with the times, as well as middle and working class America. Even many (if not most) conservatives believe Wall Street needs to be regulated.

    I'm not a fan of Obama, but I think Romney is toast.

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    Comment number 339.

    There is no real analog to the US Republican party in Europe. It exists solely to protect economic oligarchy and to wage war on unions and workers- while distracting a marginally educated population with issues like race, guns and religion. It's US style nazism in the making.

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    Comment number 338.

    After “ LOST DECADE ” for US economy (Bush Administration lost 8 million jobs and add $ 6,1 trillion on US National Debt??? Obama adm. add 4,5 million jobs during past 29 months), Pr. Obama is doing his best to move this country forward in right direction. Problems did NOT appear over night and can NOT be solved over night...I have NO doubt that Pr. Obama will be re-elected this year ...


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