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August 28, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Ann Romney talked about her “deep and abiding love” for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention tonight as she aimed to convince voters “this is the man America needs.”

She also gave an appeal to women voters. “I’ve heard your voices; they’re saying to me, ‘I’m running in place and I just can’t get ahead,’” Romney said. “…It’s the moms of this nation who really hold this country together.”

“I love you women!” she exclaimed. “And I hear your voices.”

Romney spent the bulk of her speech, though, lauding her husband and painting a personal picture of the former governor, with black-and-white photos of the young Mitt displayed behind her.

“I’m still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance and he still makes me laugh,” she said. “…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.”

She criticized those who have chided Romney for his wealth. “Are those really the values that made this country great?” she said. “Do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?”

“Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he’s helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not as a political talking point,” Romney said, adding that a “dream fulfilled helps others launch new dreams.”

“This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that 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 that we can work a little less hard,” Romney continued. “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, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail. This man will not let us down. This man will lift up America!”

“You can trust Mitt,” she said. “He loves America. He will take us to a better place just as he took me home safely from that dance.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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