Ann Romney recounts personal moment
August 28th, 2012
01:19 PM ET
6 years ago

Ann Romney recounts personal moment

(CNN) – Ann Romney said she has suffered multiple miscarriages, recounting the most profound instance and her youngest son's reaction to the devastating news, in an interview released Tuesday.

In talking about a miscarriage she had in her 40s, Ann Romney –wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney– told a story of their youngest son's devastated reaction to the news, collapsing in tears before his mother. The full interview is scheduled to air Tuesday evening on CBS but the network released a clip in advance.

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Mitt Romney acknowledged that he'd not heard the story of how his son reacted until that moment.

Mrs. Romney said that Craig, the youngest of her five boys, badly wanted a little brother or sister. When she became pregnant she said Craig was "thrilled."

"I knew I was losing the baby. It was about three or four in the morning and I decided that I wasn't going to wake Mitt up," said Mrs. Romney. "I waited until it was about six in the morning and I said, 'Mitt, you gotta take me to the hospital right now.'"

Mrs. Romney said Craig was "crestfallen" when he heard the news.

"I was home by the time he got home from school in the afternoon and he walked in the door and he was about ten or 11 years old and he fell on the floor and he just burst into tears," said Mrs. Romney. "And the poor little kid had been at school all day long holding this sorrow inside of him and having no one to speak to, no one to comfort him, no one to explain what is going on."

Romney said after his wife's story that he "hadn't heard the story of Craig coming home from school that day and being so devastated."

CNN previously reported Mrs. Romney's miscarriage. Sources confirmed to CNN that she was about four and a half months pregnant when it happened.

Mrs. Romney, age 63, has battled with multiple sclerosis since being diagnosed in 1998. Mrs. Romney also has described in an interview with CNN in August how she successfully fought an early-stage breast cancer diagnosis in 2008.

Mrs. Romney will speak Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, creating a bookend effect with her husband as he and running mate Paul Ryan formally expect the Party's nomination on the final day of the convention Thursday.

CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Bill

    It is all very touching, but it is "not your time" Ann.

    August 28, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    That is more than we need to know about you at your husbands nominating convention, Mrs. Romney. If you want to talk about that stuff on the TV, then I suggest "The View". Better still, go visit one of the late night comedians.

    August 28, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Sandy

    Trying for the sympathy vote. Pathetic.

    August 28, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. lolo

    Well did she have a problem speaking to Craig about the miscarriage, after all she was his mother. These people are so full of it. They pretend to be such a close knit family but cannot sit down and have a discussion with their children about family matters. I see why they are so secretive.

    August 28, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |

    And what does her multiple miscarriages have to do with the price of tea in China? Only thing the American People want to know about the Romney's is where are the last 5-10 years of their tax returns? We want to see them NOW!!!

    August 28, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. politics as usual

    I look forward to seeing this beautiful woman in the White House as our First Lady.

    August 28, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. simp

    very sorry but why is all her stories about her illness and stuff like this. what I find strange is she didnt tell mitt about the reaction of the boy. these people are strange and so full of themselves

    August 28, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I am very sorry for your losses. Are you sorry for mine? Why is this an issue? Miscarriage is a private family matter and if this is what she is using to make her "more like us" it doesn't work. Again Ms. Ann, many women have losses that we have had. We love and care for those that are born to us. We care for our neighbors and those not in our neighbors. This is the message that you don't seem to get.

    August 28, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. SafeJourney

    We, the people of the U.S. dont want to know about "You Peoples" personal life. Mitt show the people of the U.S. you tax returns just like your father did 12 years worth. Mitt you lied about your tax returns when you were running for Gov of Mass. Why in the hell would America trust you now

    August 28, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Donna

    Regarding Ann Romney's description of the day her child came home from school after Ann's miscarriage and how devastated the child was, Mitt revealed he had never heard the story before!! How can you not share such an incident and why was Ann sitting at home alone after having a miscarriage. I don't see how this interview "humanizes" Romney; it is just another example of his aloofness.

    August 28, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. cptpooppants

    Who cares!!!! Go back to your castle Queen Ann!

    August 28, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    even rich people are human beings with personal tragedies that they must deal with and overcome. democrats like to smear them and paint them as anything but human. reality is many on the left are anything but human.

    August 28, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Having lost a child myself, I can empathize. However, that doesn't translate into a vote for her husband.

    August 28, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. DENNA

    Mrs. Romney has indeed overcome some tough things, just like other ordinary women who have had the same things happen to them. The difference? She has had the money and health insurance to help her overcome all of this. Not hating on the woman, just saying that she is not impressing me with her story. This story can be told in any city in any state in this coutnry. Hoiw many MS victims could afford to take up horse riding as therapy? Ann, you are a very, very lucky woman, but please don' t try to pretend you are one us. You are not.

    August 28, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Greg

    Interesting that Mr. Romney wants to take away women's heath services that would allow them to prevent miscarriages by having appropriate pre-natal heath services.

    August 28, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    The more I hear about her "illnesses" the more I dislike her. Everyone of us at some time in our lives, had something we had to recover from. What makes these Romney's feel "THEIR" circumstance was something special or that they did something out of the ordinary? There are millions of people out there (just like Amnesty Ann) who have the same conditions she "commercializes" and have pulled through it without loving companions, millions of dollars and a support group. Why should I have any sympathy for a woman who has lived a privileged life, mostly though lost jobs and pensions of those less fortunate? Please do us a favor Ann and go back to your mansions, Swiss bank accounts and Cadillacs or SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURNS so we can decide IF you deserve the attention and sympathy you seek.

    August 28, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. rs

    So what is the message? Is this sad story somehow going to lead to a national policy? If so, it is a wonderful vindication of a strong Health Care bill like the ACA. Certainly as the vast majority of Americans could never afford the medical care of someone as medically fragile as Mrs. Romney has without also having their vast personal fortune.
    Is this a shallow ploy for sympathy, or an indication that the Romneys really support some sort of universal coverage so that we (all) can experience the wonderful medical support they have?

    August 28, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    A very classy lady that has endured much and given much for others. God Bless.

    August 28, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |

    Where's you tax returns queen Ann, I don't think its your time !!!!!

    August 28, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Sueb

    Politicizing personal tragedy like this is cheap. What is troubling is that Ann didn't tell Mitt about how upset their child was. She also didn't tell him when she had an MS relapse this spring....that's not normal in a marriage. Anyway, the only thing I'd like to hear from the Romneys is that they are releasing their tax returns.

    August 28, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Sad. Done that and it sucks. Get over it.

    So is your shy, humble husband running because of his ambition? Or yours Queen Ann?

    August 28, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    Nice story, pass the Kleenex. Now where are your elitist, arrogant, self-entitled husband's TAX RETURNS???

    August 28, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. ms_elma

    I completely agree with @Donna. I thought the very same thing – this story does not humanize Mitt. How could he have been unaware of his youngest son's devastation??? He showed him disconnected from his family. DUMB move.

    August 28, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Boo

    TMIF....I don't care about his wife's drama....she is not running for president.

    August 28, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    Hoiw many MS victims could afford to take up horse riding as therapy?
    My girl has MS and horseback riding is just not in her budget. BTW, she's a job creator/entrepreneur.

    August 28, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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