Ann Romney's stepping into the spotlight's glare

Published: Monday, Jan. 30 2012 1:31 p.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns with his wife Ann Romney at Exeter High School in Exeter, N.H., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

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Ann Romney is getting rave reviews after a strong performance at the Hispanic Leadership Network in Florida this weekend.

A write up on Boston.com, the Boston Globe website, notes that this is a change from her more reticent role reaching back to the 1994 Senate race.

Ann describes how she quizzed her husband before launching this campaign. "But I only have one question to ask you: If you can get through his whole process and you can finally be the president, I need you to answer me this one question: ‘Can you fix it?' And he said, ‘Yes.’ That’s all I need to know."

The Palm Beach Post covered the same event, focusing on an undecided Latina voter who was swung to Romney after Ann spoke.

Both articles also drew contrasts with Calista Gingrich, who at the event was on stage but notably silent.

Romney took the stage with a her son Craig, who spoke to the crowd in Spanish, and a grandson, who did manage an "Hola!"

Eric Schulzke writes on national politics for the Deseret News. He can be contacted at eschulzke@desnews.com.

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