Ann Romney joined the Republican National Convention to rapturous applause. The chosen candidates’ wives are customarily considered to be key companions for their success, and Ann wouldn’t have it any other way.
One of her primary contributions is to win over women voters, including those who may not yet have decided who to cast a ballot for in November.
Ann reached out with: “Tonight I want to talk to you about love.”
Mitt Romney is said to be less convincing than President Obama with America’s female electorate. Ann offers charm and sets out to connect.
Ann told the women at the Convention: “You are the best of America. You are the hope of America. There would not be an America without you. I love you women!”
Ann has presented her and her husband’s family dimension. She has shown that although they’re rich they have also gone through testing times, as others have.
At the Convention, Ann said: “In the story books I’ve read, there never were long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once… And those story books never seem to have a chapter called ‘MS’ or ‘breast cancer.’”
In 1998 Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – which attacks the nervous system – and with breast cancer in 2008.
In a television appearance together with Mitt, Ann said: “They’ve made our relationship even deeper and more profound, and I’ve grown to trust this man more.”
Ann and Mitt have had five boys together, and have 18 grandchildren now. They got married when she was still 19, and though she earned a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in French, from the Mormon Brigham Young University in Utah, she chose to run the family home full time, and not work outside it.
This hasn’t won her favour with all women, and, given her economic circumstances, some critics question whether she shares much common ground with the majority of American women.
Others say that she is undeniably an achiever, since, as Mitt succeeded in business and then politics, their marriage has endured for more than 40 years.
Ann has said: “We’re no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbours, their churches, and their communities.”