Ann Romney's RNC Speech: Reaching Out to Women, Families

Mitt Romney's wife tells story of how they met and fell in love, and promises "this man will not fail."
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Transcript for Ann Romney's RNC Speech: Reaching Out to Women, Families
No. I want to talk to you tonight. Not about politics. And not about party. And well there are many important issues we'll hear discussed in this convention and throughout this campaign. -- -- I want to talk to you from my heart. About our hearts. Okay. I -- -- talk not about what divides us but what holds us together is an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us. That one great thing that brings us our greatest joy when times today. And the deepest solace in -- dark hours. -- nights. I want to talk to you about love. I wanna talk to you about the deep. And abiding love I have for a man I -- -- dance many years ago. And the profound love I have. And I know we share for this country. I want to talk to about that love so deep. Only a mother contaminants. The love we have for our children. And our children's children. And I want us to think tonight about the love we share. For those Americans. Our Brothers. Our sisters. Who are going through difficult times. Whose days are never easy nights are always line and whose work never seems done. There here among us tonight in this hall there. Here in neighborhoods across Tampa and all across America. The parents who lie awake at night side by side wondering how they'll be able to pay the mortgage -- make the rent. The single band who's working extra hours tonight so that his kids can buy some new clothes to go back to school. Can take a school trip -- play a sport. So -- kids can feel you know just like other kids. And working moms who -- their jobs that would like to it just a little less to spend more time with the kids. -- just out of the question that this economy. How about that couple would like to have another child but wonder how -- afford it. I have been all across this country and letting you guys -- And okay. And I have seen and heard stories of how hard it is to get ahead now. You know -- I've heard your -- is. They said to me I'm running in place and we just can't get ahead. Sometimes I think that late at night if we were all silent. Picture just a few moments and listen carefully. We could hear a collective sigh from the moms and dads across America who made it to another day and noted he'll make it through another one tomorrow. But in the injured that day moment they just aren't sure how. And if you listen carefully. You'll hear the women's time a little bit more than the man. It's how it is isn't it. It's the moms who have always had to work a little harder to make everything right it's the moms of this nation's single married widowed. Really hold this country together. We're the mothers we're in the lives. Where the grandmothers with a big sisters -- the little sisters and we are the daughters. You know it's true don't you. And am. I. Love you. -- And it. Output and there's like -- my favorite bands down there. And once they have to do a little bit more and you know what it's like to work a little harder during the -- and the respect you deserve it work. And then you come home at night and help with a book report. Just because it has to be done. You know what those late night phone calls of an elderly parent -- like in the long weekend drives just to see how they're doing. You know the fastest into the local emergency room in which doctors actually answer the phone call when you call -- night by the way I know all about that. You noticed like to sit in the graduation ceremony and wonder how was that so many -- days -- the years that went by so quickly. You. Are the best. Of America. -- Some hope of America. There would not be an America without you -- -- we salute you and sing your praises. And. Okay. Not sure if men really understand this but I don't think there's a woman in America who really expects her -- to be easy. In our own ways we are no better you know -- that's fine we don't want easy. But the last few years have been harder than they needed to be. It's all the little things that -- the price at the pump you just can't believe the grocery bills to just get bigger all those things used to be freed. Like school sports and now one more bill to pay. It's all the little things the pilot to become big things in the big things the good jobs the chance to college at home you -- -- buy just get harder. Everything has become harder. Weird too Smart to know there aren't easy answers that were not dumb enough to accept that there aren't better answers. Is where this -- I I met at a high school dance comes in his name is Mitt Romney you should really get to know him. Okay. I can tell you -- -- -- -- them he was tall laughed a lot he was nervous girls like bad. It shows a -- a little contaminated. -- it's nice to my parents but he was also really glad when they weren't around. I don't -- -- but more than anything he made me laugh. So you might not notice that I am the granddaughter of a Welsh coal mine. He was determined. He was determined that his kids get out of the -- my dad got his first job when he was six years old and a little village in Wales called Nancy Huffman. Cleaning bottles at the collier's arms. When he was fifteen dad came to America in -- foreign country he saw hope an opportunity to escape from poverty. He moved to a small town in the great state of Michigan. Okay. That's okay. Yeah yeah. Okay. He started the business. Money built by himself by the -- Okay. The it. You raise -- family and he became mayor -- town. Might dad but often remind my Brothers and me how fortunate we were to grow up in a place like America. He wanted us to have every opportunity that came with life in this country and so we push just to be our best and give our all. Isn't -- -- that lined the streets of our town knew a lot of good father's teaching their sons and daughters those same values. I didn't know what at the time but what does -- -- my future father -- like George Romney. -- dad never graduated from college. Instead he became a carpenter. He worked hard he became -- -- the card company and then the governor of Michigan. When met -- met and fell in love. We are determined not to let anything stand in the way of our life together I was episcopalian he was a Mormon. We were very young both still in college. There were many reasons to delay marriage and you know what we just didn't care. We got married and they didn't -- -- basement apartment. We walked to class together shared the housekeeping -- a lot of -- tuna fish. I desk was a door propped up on -- horses. I dining room table with a -- down ironing board in the kitchen. But those were the best days. Then -- for sun came along. All at once I'm 22 years old with a baby and husband who's going to business school and law school at the same time. And I can tell you probably like every other girl who finds herself -- a new life far from -- and friends with a new baby and a new husband. That it don't mind me that I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. Well that was 42 years ago I survives. We now have five sons and eighteen beautiful grandchildren. Yeah -- that -- I met the high school dance and he's still makes me laugh. I read somewhere that -- not have a storybook marriage. Well let me tell you something in the story books I react. There never were long long rainy winter afternoons in a house with five -- screaming at once. And those story -- never seem to have a chapters called MS or breast cancer. The storybook marriage no not at all what Mitt Romney -- I had is a real marriage. -- mantle Whitey as he's warm and loving and patient. He is trying to live his life with a set of values centered on family faith and love of one's fellow man. From the time they were first married -- and spend countless hours helping others. I've seen him drop everything to help a friend in trouble and then there when late night calls -- panic come from a member of our church whose child has been taken to hospital. You may not agree with -- positions on issues or his politics. By the way Massachusetts is only 13% Republican so it's not like it's a shock to me. But. Let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next president. No one will work harder. No one will care more. And no one will move heaven -- like Mitt Romney -- make this country a better place to live. And. Am. MI. And I. The -- news. It's true that mr. insects -- if successful it each new challenge he's taken on. You actually amazes me to see his history of success been attacked. Are -- really the values that made our country great. As a mom of five boys do we don't raise our children to be afraid of success. In the. Do we send our children out in the world with the advice. Trying to do okay. -- And let's be honest if -- last for years had been more successful do we really think there would be this attack -- Mitt Romney's success. -- Course not. May be the first to tell you that is the most fortunate man in the world he had to loving parents who gave him strong values and taught -- the value work. He had the chance to get the education his father never had. But as his partner on this amazing journey. I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success. He. -- Okay. Am. As excuses after graduate school and got a job. I saw the -- hours that started with that first job I was there when he -- a small group of friends talking about starting a new company. I was -- when they struggled and wonder if the whole idea what just wasn't gonna work. -- reaction. Was to work harder and -- sun. Today that companies become another great American success story. Hasn't named those who started the company's successful. -- that made -- successful beyond their dreams yes it has. It allowed us to give our sons the chance -- good educations and made all those long hours of book reports -- -- with every minute. It's given us that deep satisfaction of being able to help others in ways that we could never have imagined. This is important. I want you to hear what I'm gonna say. Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he's helped others because he sees -- as a privilege. Not -- political talking point. We are no different. -- -- millions of Americans who quietly. Help their neighbors their churches and their communities. They don't do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy. Did and it should be given unto you. It. But because this is America. That's small company which grew his help so many others lead better lives the Johnson group and the risks they took it become college educations and first homes. That's successes helped fund scholarships. Pensions and retirement funds this is the genius of America. To -- fulfilled -- others launched new dreams. Yeah. At every turn in his life this man I'm that not at a high school -- his helps lift up others. He did it with the Olympics when many wanted to give up. He did in Massachusetts -- -- -- this state from economic crisis to unemployment at just four point 7%. Under a minute Massachusetts to schools for the best in the nation the best. He started something that I really love. He started the John and Abigail Adams scholarship which give the top 25%. Of high school graduates of four year tuition free scholarship. Yes -- a man America needs. This is a man who. But the determination to solve the problems that others say can't be -- to -- others say it's beyond repair. This is a man who work -- here. Than anyone so that we can work a little less hard. I can't tell you what will happen over the next four years but I can only stand here tonight as a wife and a mother and a grandmother on American. And made -- this solemn commitments. This man will not fail. Okay. And -- This man and let us down. This man will lift -- America. It has spent 47 years since at all kind of charming young man brought me home -- -- -- -- not every day since -- -- easy. But he still makes me laugh and never once did I have a single reason to doubt that I was the lucky -- in the world tonight. I -- tonight I wanted to talk -- about love. Look into your hearts. This is our country. This. Is our future these. Are our children. And grandchildren. You can trust net. Okay. Loves America. He will take his to a better place just as he took me home safely from that dance. Give him that chance. Give America. That chance. God bless each and every one of you and god bless the United States of America. --

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