Tonight, ann romney came to this convention with a mission, to humanize her husband. And governor chris christie of new jersey threw his considerable political weight into the mix with a speech that... See More
Tonight, ann romney came to this convention with a mission, to humanize her husband. And governor chris christie of new jersey threw his considerable political weight into the mix with a speech that fired up the delegates, though they might need it. Right now, mitt romney remains a vague and slightly unappealing candidate any voters. Romney's got the lowest popularity of any presidential candidate in decades. 40% of americans view him favorably. 51% have an unfavorable opinion of him. That's worse than dukakis and jimmy carter. The stakes were high when ann romney stepped out on the steps. -- United states, around romney. Reporter: She came when those who clearly adore her. Florida, welcome. Reporter: She had a story to tell them. A love story. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us. Tonight, I want to talk to you about love. Reporter: This was a strong confident william reaching across the big gender gap in this campaign with a direct appeal to the broad american sisterhood. We're the mothers. We're the wives. We're the grandmothers. We're the big sisters. We're the little sisters, and we are the daughters. I love you, women. Reporter: The message of this speech was simple and unusual in politics. I fell in love with mitt, she was essentially saying, you can, too. He was tall, laughed a lot. He was nervous. Girls like that. It shows a guy's a little intimidated. He was nice to my parents, but he was also really glad when they weren't around. Reporter: Ann romney had never given a prepared speech before, she said. Never used a teleprompter. And she told diane sawyer today she was a little shaky about the whole thing ahead of time. What do you do when you're nervous? I take a deep breath. The funny thing is I really don't get that nervous when i speak. And I don't get that nervous when I do tv interviews or anything else. The only time I've been nervous is when I show myheart. And go figure. Out of the podium, she remembered their early days. We walked to class together. Shared the house. Ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish, but those were the best days. They have to like the person they're going to look at for the next four years. Reporter: Cokie roberts has been coming to conventions since 1964, sh seesnn romney's position one of the toughest that a spouse has had. Perhaps only a wife could testify like ann romney did tonight and take head on president obama's main attack on her husband, that he is too rich to understand ordinary americans. You know what it actually amazes me to see his history of success being attacked. But as his partner on this amazing journey, I can tell you mitt romney was not handed success. He built it. Reporter: Allse years together, she said in an impassioned conclusion add up to one great point she wants voters to grasp. I can't tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight as a wife, a mother and a grandmother, an american, and make you this solemn commitment. This man will not fail. Reporter: And then there he was. There they were. The kids who married so young. The couple who have been through so much, a man and wife, now setting sail for the white house. And so the love story ended. And it was the jersey boy's chance. Governor chris christie of new jersey, they loved him in this party. But what he offered them was very, very different from ann romney. Tough love. Our leaders today have decided it's more important to be popular. To be popular. To say and do what's easy and to say yes rather than to say no, when no is what is required. Tonight, we're going to choose respect over love. See, we're not afraid. We are not afraid. We're taking our country back. Reporter: And christie gave them red meat, too. We believe in telling hard-working families the truth about our country's fiscal realities. Telling them what they already know. The math of federal spending does not end up. Here's their plan whistle a happy tune driving off a cliff. Reporter: Christie in your face style put the mood to this party personal right now. Confrontational, a little ticked off, maybe, looking for a leader. So when mitt romney emerged to join ann earlier, how many of
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