Romney: 'It'll be a great convention'
August 26th, 2012
06:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: 'It'll be a great convention'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney expressed concern Sunday for those in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac, as he geared up for this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

"Hope everybody's fine there. Concerned about the people that are gonna be affected by it," Romney told reporters.

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The presumptive GOP presidential nominee and his wife, Ann, were in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on Sunday, preparing for their convention speeches. The couple entered Brewster Academy, a local preparatory school, with chief campaign strategist Stuart Stevens to work on their remarks.

Due to weather conditions related to Isaac, convention officials decided to postpone the event by a day, starting on Tuesday instead of Monday.

Asked if he was concerned about the GOP gathering, Romney said, "It'll be a great convention."

Ann Romney was originally scheduled to speak Monday - headlining the first day of the convention and creating a bookend effect with her husband speaking on Thursday. But the broadcast networks decided not to carry the first night of the convention, forcing the Romney campaign to scramble and shift Ann Romney's time slot Tuesday night. The move ensures a larger audience for her primetime speech.

While officials canceled the first day of the convention, officials folded most of Monday's speeches into the remainder of the week's schedule, which was released Sunday night.

As they were leaving the prep school Sunday night, reporters asked Romney about his speech.

Pointing to Ann, the former Massachusetts said: "She's great."

"Yours isn't great?" a reporter asked.

Laughing, Romney responded: "I just compliment my wife's."

Ann Romney, walking to a car with her husband, held an iPad in one hand and smiled as she lifted up some pieces of computer paper with typing on them, according to pool reports.

Romney, meanwhile, gave a thumbs up.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. SafeJourney

    lol, yes the circus will be fun to watch, and I am sure Mitt will be the ring master

    August 26, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Joe

    That's very clever, choosing the very worst possible angle for Mrs. Romney and emphasizing her watch in the foreground picture.

    I would think it was a mistake except I've seen this so many times before.

    Nice balanced reporting, CNN...

    August 26, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Pete

    Republicans are passing out ear plugs for Ann,she's a bitter women when it gets to this election against Pres.Obama.She can't believe she has to go thru all of this when they thought the black man would bow out against the wealthy elitist and just hand the blessed moron Mormon the presidency,its their inherient white right she exclaims,we're rich ,we'll buy it then,how much!!!

    August 26, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Bootstomper

    Can't wait to hear Ozzie and Harriet talk about Rick and David and Harriet's pound cake. It ain't 1951 anymore GOP.

    August 26, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has pretty much united the birthers, bigots, big oil, tax evaders, money launderers, jobs outsourcers, anti immigrants, anti social security and medicare, and domestic terrorists. That is all the GOP is made up of, so that should make the convention successful.

    August 26, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is giving us a choice of freedom for plutocrats only. Obama is giving us a strong foreign policy, ACA, social security, medicare, medicaid, education, alternative energy, job growth, an end to the Iraq war, ben Laden dead, lowest taxes in 50 years, women's rights, an immigration policy, and belief in the constitutional rights for all Americans.

    August 26, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. gurgyl

    pathetic guy....never makes it..

    August 26, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. DRAKE MALLARD

    i'm no Obama lover but the last thing in the world I want in the white house is another out of touch rich boy trying to one up daddy by being president. Last time we got George W., two wars, thousands of American hero dead, worst financial crisis since the great depression ( has everybody forgotten who got us in the financial mess??) and Sept 11th. Stay in the clubhouse Mitt and keep hiding your money overseas to reduce your tax burden.

    August 26, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. cali girl

    Sure to be laughs and gaffes.

    August 26, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. gary

    your special on tonight is something–every item explored about Romney is turned into a negative-you people are sick. I can't wait to see what obama revealed is like–it would truthfully be pretty much zero–you don't know where he was born, you don't know where he went to school, you don't know where he got his money, you don't know who actually wrote 'his' book, he didn't cohort with folks who wanted to bomb US buildings-on and on and on-I'm sure you will turn this all into a positive picture- like you have always done

    August 26, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. petena

    Ridivulous rich lady only wants fame.

    August 26, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Craig

    The best part of the convention is the storm.

    August 26, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Feed the greed

    The more you know about Romney's positions on almost any issue, the better President Obama looks. Perhaps after this next make over at the convention, Romney will find a position that makes sense to the American people on some issue, any issue. Then he will have something to run on. Don't feed the greed. Vote Barack Obama for President!

    August 26, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Nice watch , bling bling

    August 27, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  15. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Romney said, "It'll be a great convention." Nobody will be there to ask me questions that I can't answer.

    August 27, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |