Ann Romney loves the Hampton Inn
April 11th, 2012
01:36 PM ET
6 years ago

Ann Romney loves the Hampton Inn

(CNN) - As someone who spends life on the road, Ann Romney knows a thing or two about hotels.

Her favorites, she said Wednesday, are the ones that come with free Wi-Fi.

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"It's so convenient just to be able to get your internet," Ann said on Mike Huckabee's radio show. "I personally like Hampton Inns, but that's an aside."

During the interview, the wife of GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney gave a glimpse into life on the campaign trail, detailing a grinding schedule packed with media interviews and daily city-hopping.

"It is tiring, and then you do it and then you get up and do the same thing the next day. And then you get up and do it the next day," Ann, who's been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, said. "It just goes on and on and on."

Ann said she views her role on the campaign as a window into what she describes as the softer, lesser known side of her husband.

"It just makes me sad that they don't know the real guy that I know, and that is my responsibility to let people see that side of him more," she said.

Often touted as a strong asset for his campaign, Ann frequently appears on stage to introduce her husband of 43 years before his speeches.

The millionaire couple typically stays at a Holiday Inn or Hampton Inn, she said, adding that her "clothes aren't looking so great" while living out of a suitcase for six weeks at a time.

But Ann reiterated that all the travails of a presidential campaign are worth it when meeting voters.

"You make new friends. I mean you see parts of the country you would never see otherwise. So there is the good and bad that comes with it, and I always like to remind myself what an extraordinary experience it is," she said. "It is not easy, no, but it is definitely worth it."

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soundoff (38 Responses)

    Give me a break. Ann may like Hampton Inns, but I suspect Willard prefers Hilton since he's actually named after it. Willard "MILTON" Romney.

    April 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Motel 6 and Super 8 also have WiFi.

    April 11, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Cheapskate, huh?

    April 11, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |

    Maybe Paris Hilton should be on the campaign trail for you Willard Milton Romney. Your two families go so far back that your dad decided to name you after Paris' grandfather.

    April 11, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Mikey

    She must be confusing the hotel chain with the 15,000 square foot mansion they rented at the Hamptons one year.

    April 11, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. WhereIsPalin

    Breaking news...........Ann Romney loves free Wi-Fi.

    April 11, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    I really couldn't give a crap what she likes. It's her husband running for POTUS and it's his idiot beliefs that concern me.

    April 11, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. cali girl

    another stupid pandering moment. Ann herself came froma silver spoon too, so anything she says is pretty much taken just like " I like Cheesy Grits, y'all!"

    April 11, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. JT

    Wow stop the presses.

    April 11, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Neurodoc

    Next she will tell us her favorite restaurant is Shoneys but she likes McDonalds also and her favorite place to shop is Walmart.



    April 11, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Get real

    @Sniffit – HIS idiot beliefs!? How about Obama boy who believes in running this country into the ground with his redistribution of wealth to the slackers? You know, the wealthy in this country can afford to shut their companies' doors and live off their own wealth but the workers will be out of work. Then what? Yeah, you and Obama can join OWS but I'd rather work my way to the top instead of complaining about those who do it.

    April 11, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Here's some advice Ann....please do NOT say anything more about "getting to know him" anymore. If you mention "unzipping him" we are going to be sick to our stomachs. BTW, have you started interviewing for the "car elevator operator" position yet? Does that job description also include washing and waxing your 2 Caddies?

    April 11, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. cali girl

    more pandering and she thinks we will say ahhhh? She grew up with a silver spoon just like her hubby.
    this is just as bad as "I like cheesy grits, y'all!"

    April 11, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. getoverit

    That's good, CNN. Keep throwing out the red meat for the vultures to pounce on!

    April 11, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Tim

    @Get real
    You know, you should really follow the sideways advice of your screen name. I believe that most people, that is, those that reside in the middle class, just want a more level playing field. Why is it that the wealthier you become, the bigger the tax break you get? And really? The wealthy in this country shutting their doors? Good grief, how'd you come up with that one?

    April 11, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wish right wingnuts would get real and realize that the wealthy have had our tax money redistributed to them. Billionaires do not need a safety net. To Get Real, grow up child.

    April 11, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Tim

    Free Wi-Fi. Good grief, you're as phony as your husband.

    April 11, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. stars

    she just trying to act like she not super freaking rich. We know that you are hiding our money you stole from us went your husband worked at bain. We will never forget that.

    April 11, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. annie s

    Good attempt at sounding "average" Mrs. Romney. Too bad we all know better.

    April 11, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I'm sure a couple of days at the Hampton Inn would cost the same as a months food bill in most families!!!! Keep on throwing the money at us've already lost the womens vote!!!!!!

    April 11, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "And really? The wealthy in this country shutting their doors? Good grief, how'd you come up with that one?"

    Because to some extent it's true, but not how he thinks: large employers affected by the economic collapse have to some extent intentionally withheld hiring in hopes that continued poor unemployment will hurt Obama and get them more of the goodies the GOP is promising them if they just hold off on hiring a little longer and get the GOP back into power...more tax cuts, loopholes, special treatment, loosening of regulations and of course, killing unions and the minimum wage. "Just keep the economy bad as long as possible and reap the rewards."

    April 11, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Dan

    She is starting to pander as much as her empty suit husband. What turn-offs both of them are.

    April 11, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. PJ/TX

    "That's good CNN. Keep throwing the red meat out there for the vulures to pounce on".
    Mrs. Romney is probably a very nice lady, but she is out there with her husband, and what she says is fair game.
    So quit blaming the messenger.

    April 11, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. JDinTexas

    Please don't patronize the great unwashed masses Ms. Romney.

    April 11, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. JD

    really folks? This story looks like a contrived plant. I like the Hampton Inn? This is someone who they created 5 star resorts for because of the money they throw around. . I'm not buying it. When does that garage elevator go in on one of the Romney's houses? hmmmm.

    April 11, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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