Ann Romney speaks frankly about Mitt, tells Republicans 'this man will not fail'

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  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    "Ann Romney is a consummate politician. She will say and do whatever is necessasry to get her candidate elected, whether or not what she says is true."
    As opposed to Hillary Clinton? PLEEEEZE

    I am fascinated by the hypocrisy of feminists who display their own misogyny by bashing women who are non-compliant to their narrow fundamentalist ideology.

    Slick Willie, serial harasser and woman abuser, is introducing Obama at the convention and feminists complain about Republicans - mind-numbing

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:45 p.m.


    Wow, really? You ask people to stop dissing those using teleprompters then you diss some of us who want to draw people's attention to the worsening problem of disrespecting each other. I'm sorry but that is so wrong. Tattling? Asking people to think about using greater civility on both sides of the issue is not juvenile tattling. We all need reminders because we aren't perfect. I know I do.

  • David P. Livermore, CA
    Aug. 29, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Ann Romney's speech last night at the RNC was Stellar!!

    She, in Baseball language, Hit a Home Run!!

    Good Luck to
    and God Bless the Romneys as they approach Election Day.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    I think I could vote for Mitt Romney if the public Mitt Romney were who I think the private Mitt Romney is. He did an incredible job of rescuing the Utah Olympics and turning it into a major success. I have no doubt that he was a great Bishop and Stake President, Husband, Dad, Granddad and neighbor. I am sure he has helped many people in his private life.

    My problem with Mr. Romney is that his public life and his private life are not necessarily in line. Again I am very confident that he is good caring man in his private life, but he has turned hard to the right in his public line. He has abandoned the moderate Governor Romney whom I could vote for and replaced it with the Grover Norquist plan for destruction.

    Who would President Romney be? I would vote for Governor Romney, but I will not vote for the Grover Norquist Mitt Romney. Please will the real Mitt Romney stand up!

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 29, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Ann Romney's address was fantastic. Too bad she had to be followed by the self serving babbling of Christy. Mitt Romney's worst enemies are from the self righteous misguided zealots on his right. I hope this is not America's last chance to put our country back on the right track. Mitt Romney stands so far above everybody else on the political scene that he seems out of place - not out of touch.

  • l.cee Ridgefield, WA
    Aug. 29, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Can all sides please give up denigrating people for using teleprompters? That means just STOP putting down Ann, Michelle, Mitt, and Barack for using a teleprompter. General Authorities and Prophets use teleprompters at LDS General Conferences.

    For that matter, can we PUH-LEASE just stop name calling and "tattling" on other people who use name calling? We ought to just stick to the issues to debate.

  • thenemo1 u.s.a., NY
    Aug. 29, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Some egocentric fanatics can't see past your noses.
    If at his stage in life if he has to use his 5 boys and wife's skirts to hide behind it figures he'll have her making most of his political excuses and decisions using podiums for years.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    He will not fail the rich

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 12:02 p.m.


    You just nailed the major problem. Some people on the right have become disrespectful and hateful but they feel they have the 'right' to do that in response to the hatred on the left. The same is true for the left. Many of them say hateful things and make personal attacks and they sincerely believe they are only defending their positions. You don't even recognize the fact that you are just as guilty as the right.

    It is very hard when you get punched verbally, to not turn and smite that person back. Pride cycle at work. At times I find myself doing it and then I clear my head and step out of the boxing ring. We don't stand a chance as a country until civility returns.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    So Romney was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had gone from nothing to something. Were supposed to be jealous of that? Why? Because his dad and mom worked hard and were smart enough to send him to a good school? So What! And Mitt Romney made the most of it. But, there are those who are jealous of his success in passing his classes, earning his degrees, raising his family, starting his business, and building dozens and dozens of other successful businesses that have led other people to building fortunes, sending their kids to good schools and buying homes.

    That does not sound evil to me and being jealous of his success is petty! Plain out right petty!

    You condemn Romney for being successful,and others like him, but then come calling everytime you want more taxes. The government(Democrat Party) condemns him and other wealthy people until wanting more. See Obama at his fundraisers.

    My Grandfathers and Grandmothers had nothing. My father had a highschool education and military experience. He parlyed that into a business, a family and sending his kids to great schools. He earned his success and so did Mitt Romney!

    Obama Failed!

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Whether or not you think Ann Romney gave a "sincere" speech is irrelevant. Are we Republicans really going to elect a President because his wife says he can do it?

    Try having your wife write you a letter of recommendation when you apply for your next job! See how that goes for you!

    Let's focus on the ISSUES:

    The GOP Platform has become increasingly radical and extreme. Although I have been a Republican my entire life, I cannot support it. It goes too far! And it goes too far because Mitt Romney has cultivated and embraced the extreme positions that have been infiltrating the GOP for the past couple of elections.

    The Grand Old Party has been hijacked and turned into the Ghastly Offensive Party!

  • Republicantthinkstraigh Anywhere but, Utah, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Tell that to the republicans... they are the ones lambasting Obama for bringing us out of the great republican recession. Things have gotten better people not worse. It seems every republican seems to get amnesia when talking about the economy. We are lucky to be where we are at now no thanks to the "just say no" republican party. Pathetic really.

  • GK Willington SLC, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    re: worf 7:34 a.m. Aug. 29, 2012\

    She had plenty of time to practice.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    I decided to read these comments because I couldn't imagine people disrespect such a warm and sincere woman. Civility is dying in America. Even if we disagree with each other, can't we try to have a discourse with respectful disagreement?

  • PatrickRC Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I thought Ann gave a wonderful speech last night and was very sincere in what she said.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    What a tremendous speech! Looking at all of the comments - and especially when you hear the mainstream media - why do people think you are "phony" if you haven't screwed up your life? The Romneys have had their share of challenges and have overcome them through determination, hard work, and standing by their values.

  • Mike in Texas Cedar City, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    A1994 "Nobody is trying to suppress votes simply by asking for a picture ID"

    How about this guy? Republican House Leader Mike Turzai of Penn.

    Asking for a Picture ID is not the problem. The problem is Obtaining a VALID picture ID.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    Ann Romney did a good job. It was a good speech.

    What is so hard about saying that.

    Of course "She will say and do whatever is necessasry to get her candidate elected,"

    As would most spouses.

    Of course she used a teleprompter?

    Big deal.

    I am not a Romney supporter, but I feel that the typical petty snipping comes from the Right.

    Lets keep it that way.

    She gave a good speech. She is a good person, wife and mother.

    Lets leave it at that.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    But what will his success be? What will he do to Medicare and Social Security? We know he will kill the "Affordable Healthcare Act", which will make a whole lot of freeloaders and Insurance Companies happy. But what about people with pre-existing health conditions, seniors with drug assistance who are in the "Gap". What will he do for the 40 million people who can't get or afford health insurance?

    Romney's certified success, may well lead to increased suffering for all but the rich. Mrs Romney was not talking about Mitt's success for the common man, but she was speaking to those in her wealthy circle, persons of extreme wealth and privilege.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    The parts Ann Romney left out:

    Mitt and I attended private prep schools with other children from wealthy families.
    Mitt and I paid our expenses selling stock that Mitt's dad had given him.
    George Romney gave us money for our first house while Mitt was attending Harvard.

    Romney was reluctant to head a new company for Bain, until Bill Bain guaranteed Mitt that if the experiment failed, Mitt would get his old job and salary back, plus any raises he would have earned during his absence. When Romney still hesitated Bain promised that, if necessary, he would craft a cover story saying that Romney's return to Bain & Company was needed because of his value as a consultant. 'So,' Bain explained, 'there was no professional or financial risk.' Finally, Romney said "yes."

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    He won't fail the filthy rich.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    "At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance has lifted up others."


    Except for the gay kid he and a gang of his cronies forcibly pinned down and and cut off his hair.

    And the thousands he sent to the unemployment line when he sent their jobs overseas.

    And the lower and middle classes that he wants to have pay his taxes.

    And the elderly that he wants to ruin by killing off Medicare, and offering "vouchers' that won't cover escalating health care costs.

    Yeah...Mitt's a real peach....a man for the people...What crap.

    "Anne again:
    "This man will NOT fail"

    True that, Annie baby.......he won't fail the oil companies, drug manufacturers, and the super rich.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:15 a.m.


    Romney was still privileged. He was raised in top schools and had all the advantages one could ask for. I'm not holding this against him and I praise him for his accomplishments. I'm just saying the way they try to paint his picture as if he's just like any other middle class born American is a falsity.

    Ann's speech was very moving and I'm sure he's very proud of her.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:04 a.m.


    ...and your point is???? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't EVERYTHING that comes out of the mouth of Barack and Michelle scripted on a teleprompter? Barack is the king of the teleprompter - correct?? Everyone that gives speeches at conventions is on teleprompter. Did you LISTEN to anything Ann said? Obviously not. Too bad - you missed a GREAT speech!!! The bottom line from Ann's speech - her husband is a PROVEN problem solver from Governor to the Olympics to business ... success after success after success.Contrast this to Michelle's husband - failure after failure after failure. Actually you have to actually DO SOMETHING before you can even fail at at which is also a problem for the Obama's.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    A re-election of Obama would be the greatest shame, and tragedy over the past two thousand years.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Certain Individuals huff and puff and blow about Bain no matter what! Here are facts from Annual
    Reports(SEC Filed)and other direct source material on Bain Capital(Mitt Romney)involved companies.
    Company #Locations Revenue/Value Employees/Jobs
    Staples 1575us 24.5 Billion 90,000
    Dominos 9000 1.5 145,000
    ToysR Us 1600 13.7 70,000
    Guitar Center 223 1.8 10,000
    Dunkin Brands 16000 7.7 260,000
    Hopital Corp 275 32.0 168,000
    HD Supply 680 13.0 14,000
    Burger King 12000 2.5 39,000
    AMC Theaters 5300 scrreens 2.5 21,000
    Burlington CoatF 450 3.0 28,000
    Michaels Arts-C 1180 4.0 13,000
    Sports Authority 450 1.1 9,000
    Bain Invested in these companies when they were smaller weaker or near or in bankruptcy. This totals
    48,643 properties paying taxes, 112.8 billion in value and 867,000 jobs and represents 12 companies.
    Bain has interest in 144 others! Not all investments
    succeed. Bain invests 66 Billion in private capital much from accounts held by retirees. These
    companies returned 10.7% average last year! Just countering Moderate's fictional story on Ann Romney!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Ann Romney did a great job reading from the teleprompter. Interesting - if you read an exaggerated story (i.e. the fictional story about Bain) from a telepromter, are you a storyteller, or is it the teleprompter's fault?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:38 a.m.


    Mitt donated 100% of the inheritance his father gave him to BYU. You can look it up. Mitt truly is self made. Mitt served an LDS mission - his own money and his own time serving people. What parent today doesn't want their son to make it big - financially? I sure do. It's the American dream that no socialist country can produce.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    Ann Romney was incredible...makes you proud to be an American with great women like this!!! Loved her speech - very inspiring and straight talking. Yes she and Mitt are wealthy but the key thing is they started with nothing and they BUILT their wealth. Isn't that the American dream of all of us?? Mitt took his inheritance from his Dad and donated ALL of it to BYU. Mitt is self made - NOT GOVERNMENT MADE!!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Last night after the convention both my wife and I came away with the exact same thoughts - this GOP party now days is a party of leaders - a party of successful governors who have taken bad economies and made them good economies. This GOP party is a party of big ideas and straight talk - short on crafty and catchy verbiage but BIG on results. Contrast that to the small minded, small ideas, and petty democratic party. We have a small minded , petty president who simply can't express himself off teleprompter. We have a president and party of tactless, petty, and frankly speaking - completely empty on ideas. The contrast between the two parties has never been greater. Every one of these GOP governors who spoke is a living success story. Every one. From New Jersey to Ohio to Wisconsin. Contrast this to the failed democratic party and you don't find ANY success stories - just debt and bankruptcy (example California). I was also struck by the way the speakers spent less time attacking Obama (many of them not even mentioning his name) and more time taking the high road and talking about the GOP plan going forward. Great convention!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Ann Romney as all good women and men stand up for good, solid and established principles from God such as life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

    When you look over the past 150 years in both her and his family, they have grabbed the bull by the horns and did what any good family did, raise children to go on and be the best they can be. They provided for their children's welfare and not wait for the government to do that. They did it on their own. As with all of us, our ancestors at some time or another came to the United States of America for a better life. You can't expect a better life if you are waiting for a government to provide for you. You first have to fill out paperwork and then wait in line and prove that you qualify. If you go out and get a job and work and do your best, you will benefit from the pursuit of happiness. That, again, is the advantage of living in a free country that is the land of opportunities. Government is for the safety and welfare of society not the means.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    Although I'm not a fan of Romney OR Obama and have had a stark indifference to his plea for women/minority votes AKA getting Mia to speak at the convention and his wife, I thought Ann's speech was very moving. I don't necessarily believe the picture she painted of Mitt not being privileged and helped ... I mean his father was rich and Mitt went to top schools his entire life. The speech was moving though and politically just about perfect to hit women voters hearts.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    Interesting that Gov. Christie brought up his immigrant ancestors. There are many Republicans that would end immigration as we know it. They are deteremined to punish the children of illegal immigrants by doing all they can to deny them an education. The Republican party has beem taken over by right wing ideologues that view bipartisanship as something to be avoided and even punished. They are doing all they can to purge the party of women and minorities. To the tea party extremist can I have my Republican party back. I am talking about the party of Reagan. Remember the term Reagan Democrats. Reagan was known for is bi-partisanship. Senator McConnell and his followers vowed to destroy Obama the day he took office. I love this country. I despise the divisiveness and hate that permeates today's political climate.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 29, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    Just what is the definition of failure? Different people have different definitions.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 29, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    For a "stay at home mom", who "never worked a day in her life", Ann gave a very polished speech.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    Will not fail at what? He still refuses to tell us what he will do or what his detailed positions are.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    Ann Romney is a consummate politician. She will say and do whatever is necessasry to get her candidate elected, whether or not what she says is true. Mitt Romney is also a consummate politician who will do or say whatever is necessary to get himself elected, despite the fact that what he says to one group of people is likely directly opposite to what he said to the people he had been talking to before.

    Ann did her job. That's all her talk meant. These are the LAST people we need if we want this country to get back on track. NO THANKS.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:38 a.m.

    If Romney does win the election, I hope he DOES NOT FAIL.

    I hope that our country does great under his leadership. I hope unemployment drops and GDP skyrockets.

    I would want the Dems to support him and our country.

    I am sure that Mitt would tell you that a corporations management team must pull together.
    Can you imagine a corporation where 1/2 of your "C" level employees number one priority was the failure of the CEO?

    How many of you would buy stock in that company? I am sure that Mitt would not.

    Until all Americans and our congress put America first and party second, no president will succeed.

    Pull for our country, not your party

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:18 a.m.

    President Obama had a majority in the house and only a simple majority in the senate. In today's political climate a super majority is needed in the senate to get anything done.

    Let me guess what will happen if Romney wins but the republicans do not obtain a super majority in the senate. His speech and all the republicans will say, "now is the time to come together and work as a unit." Never mind that Obama had barely wiped his feet off on the door mat of the white house and republicans were determined to make him a one term president.

    A little fact about the Paul Ryan plan that his boss loves so much. It cuts entitlements by one trillion over ten years but also raises the national debt by 4 trillion over for years because of his great tax plan. I thought republicans hate deficits.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    My error; should have said "HINT: It WASN'T George W. Bush." So that leaves only Al Gore, you know, the guy who invented the internet. In my haste I didn't proofread the script. Also, the sentence should start "Just WHAT," not "Just why..." My bad....I suppose it's too late to type well.

    Now, on to bigger and better things, like voting for Mitt....

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 12:07 a.m.

    'this man will not fail'

    ...except when he failed to win the presidential nomination 4 years ago against John McCain.

    ...and then when he failed to win the vice presidential selection against Sarah Palin.

    I'm sure his 4 additional years of campaigning have more than made up for his previous inability to impress the Republican voters.

    Either that, or they have simply lowered the standards to his level.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    That was great. I loved the line that maybe the current administration wouldn't be so negative about Mitt's success if it had been more successful during the past four years.

    We need Mitt's problem solving abilities in the White House, not Barack's problem blaming abilities. While Obama's crew is doing everything possible to divide the country, Romney will work hard to rebuild the economy and make this a better country for all.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    @Mark B

    Part of equal rights in America is taking an equal share of the responsibility when things go bad. Nobody is trying to suppress votes by simply asking for a picture ID. Democrats need to quit playing the race card and take responsibility for policies that didn't work. Barack Obama isn't going to lose this election because he's black. He's not going to lose this election because of perceived vote suppression. He's going to lose because he hasn't done the job that was required of a president- be a leader.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 11:00 p.m.

    @ Mark B

    Who was it that didn't want the presidential absentee military ballots counted, Al or George? (HINT: It was George W. Bush.)

    Just broadening the voting base doesn't mean anything, except the very strong possibility of voter fraud.

    People who cast a ballot when the country was formed were only white, male property holders. Why? Becauise they wre the ones who had the most vested interests in the outcome of the election and potentially the most to lose. Remember that the signers of the Declaration of Independence literally put their lives and fortunes on the line. Just why, exactly, do today's voters that can't even read the ballot, have to be bussed to the polls, and just take from the government place on the line for the freedom they enjoy? All they want is to vote for who they think will give them another handout with no questions asked. That's a recipie for the end of democracy, big time.

    Mitt at least knows this; Obama embraces voter corrpution.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 28, 2012 10:37 p.m.

    to:Alumni (which, BTW, is a plural term)
    Today's virulent GOP would rather see mass failure of the economy than to hand President Obama a success in office following the punishingly bad GWB administration. Today, your party is willing to reverse 200 plus years of broadening the national voting population under the phony issue of "voter fraud". Pathetic.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 28, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Behind every great man......
    Class in motion.
    Lucky guy!
    Mitt 2012

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 28, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    wish michelle could say the same. what a contrast!