Republican National Convention 2012: Ann Romney appeals to mothers

ann-romney-republican-national-convention-getty.jpg Mitt Romney's wife Ann Romney took the stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention to give her speech, which largely focused on love and appealing to women, particularly mothers.

Ann says:

I want to talk to you tonight not about politics and not about party. While there are many important issues we'll hear discussed tonight and throughout this campaign, tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts.

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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 are good and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.

i want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. The profound love I have and I know we share for this country ... 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 and our sisters who are going through difficult times, whose days are never easy, whose nights are always long and whose work never seems done.
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The parents who lie awake at night, side by side, wondering how they'll be able to pay the mortgage or pay the rent. The single dad who's working extra hours tonight so that his kids can buy some new clothes to back to school, can take a school trip or play a sport. So his kids can feel just like other kids. The working moms who love their jobs but would like to work just a little less to spend more time with the kids, but that's just out of the question with this economy. Or that couple who would like to have another child but wonder how they'll afford it.
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I've heard your voices. They've said to me I'm running place and we just can't get ahead. Sometimes I think that late at night, if were all silent, for just a few moments and listened carefully, we could hear a collective sigh from the moms and dads across America who made it through another day and know that they'll make it through another one tomorrow. But in the end of that day moment, they just aren't sure now. And if you listen carefully you'll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men. It's how it is, isn't it? It's the moms who've always had to work a little harder to make everything right. It's the moms of this nation, single, married, widowed, who really hold this country together. 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. You know it's true, don't you?

I love you, women! And I hear your voices. You are the ones that have to do a little bit more and you know what it's like to work a little harder during the day to earn the respect you deserve at work. And then you come home at night and help with a book report, just 'cause it has to be done. You know what those late night phone calls with an elderly parent are like and the long weekend rives just to see how they're doing. You know the fastest route to the local emergency room .. you know what it's like to sit at that graduation ceremony and wonder how it was that so many long days turned to years that went by so quickly.

You are the best of America. You are the hope of America. There would not be an America without you. Tonight we salute you and sing your praises. I'm not sure if men really understand this, but I don't think there's a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our ow ways, we all know better. And that's fine, we don't want easy. But the last few years have been harder than they needed to be ...

We're too smart to know there aren't easy answers, but we aren't dumb enough to accept that there aren't better answers. And that is where this boy I met at a high school dance comes in. His name is Mitt Romney and you should really get to know him.

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You may not agree with Mitt's 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 and Earth to make this country a better place to live.

It's true that Mitt's been successful at each new challenge he's taken on. It actually amazes me to see his history of success being attacked. Are those really the values that made our country great? As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success? Do we send out children out into the world with the advice 'try to do OK'? And let's be honest, if the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney's success? Of course not.

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Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it. He stayed in Massachusetts after graduate school and got a job ... I was there when he had a small group of friends talking about starting a new company. I was there when he struggled and wondered if the whole idea wasn't going to work. Mitt's reaction was to work harder and press on. Today, that company has become another great American success story. Has it made those who started the company successful beyond their dreams? Yes, it has.

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This is important. I want you to hear what I'm going to say. Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. We are no different than the 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. Give and it shall be given unto you.

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This is the genius of America -- dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams. At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance has helped lift up others. He did it with the Olympics when many wanted to give up. He did it in Massachusetts, where h guided the state from economic crisis to unemployment of just 4.7%. Under Mitt, Massachusetts' schools were the best in the nation ... This is the man America needs. This is the man who will wake up every day with a determination to solve the problems others say can't be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so 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 and an America and make you this solemn commitment -- this man will not fail.

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He loves America. He will take us 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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