Ann Romney challenges women to 'wake up'
September 5th, 2012
03:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney challenges women to 'wake up'

(CNN) - They are seen as their husbands' top surrogates, and the day after first lady Michelle Obama made the case for her husband at the Democratic National Convention, Ann Romney traveled to the battleground of Ohio Wednesday to make the case for the Republican challenger.

Her husband, Mitt Romney, is attuned to women's struggles, especially their economic struggles, and, Ann Romney said, "I know that Mitt will be there for you."

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"Women, you need to wake up," she told the largely female audience at a "Women For Mitt" rally in Findlay, Ohio. "Women have to ask themselves who is going to... be there for you. I can promise you, I know that Mitt will be there for you, he will stand up for you, he will hear your voices, he knows how to fix an economy, he's a can do kind of guy, he's a turnaround guy."

The latest CNN/ORC International Poll, released Tuesday, showed a "gender gap" between the two candidates: 54% of women surveyed said they were leaning towards or supporting Obama, while only 42% said the same of Romney. Asked who is more in touch with the issues facing women, 56% of all voters surveyed named Obama and 36% named Romney.

Ann Romney said that on campaign swings around the country, she and her husband have "heard about how many women are struggling in this economy more than the men are."

While Ann Romney sometimes campaigns at her husband's side, on Wednesday she was on the stump in Ohio as her husband was in Vermont preparing for the series of presidential debates this fall.

Michelle Obama, meanwhile, had a series of appearances in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democrats were gathering for their party's convention, and where her husband was slated to arrive later in the afternoon. He is to accept his party's nomination for reelection on Thursday.

In her Tuesday evening primetime address, Michelle Obama touched on the issues important to women voters. In addition to talking about women's health care, she told the story of her husband's grandmother, who Michelle Obama said professionally "moved quickly up the ranks, but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling."

"When it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother," the first lady said. "He's thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day's work. That is why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work."

On the campaign trail Wednesday, Ann Romney told an often relayed story that after her husband's 2008 presidential race, she did not want him to reenter the ring.

"My husband was being demonized, lied about," she said, "and now we're really getting it, as you know."

"I am so grateful that people are now standing up and saying this is the guy that has integrity, decency, goodness. And this is the guy that cares about you and that is why we are running," she told the crowd mainly comprised of women. "We are not running to make our lives better. We are running for you."

And Ann Romney seized upon a metaphor which her husband and Obama have tossed around in recent days on the stump.

The GOP presidential candidate likened Obama's record on unemployment as "a coach that's 0 and 23 million" and said that "it's time to get a new coach." On Monday, Obama fired back, telling voters in Ohio to "punt" Romney and his running mate away. "It won't work. It won't win the game. You don't need that coach. That's a losing season," the president said.

Ann Romney revived the metaphor, telling supporters at her rally that, "It's time to fire the coach."

"We are zero and 23-million. That's the score in this game," she said. "And those kids, I promise you, you will have a better future if Mitt is the president. And women if you want a better future, if you want a better job, if you want better hope for you, you'd better vote for Mitt."


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Vic of New York

    "Mitt will be there for you"? ...THAT'S WHAT I'M AFRAID OF ! ! ! ...You ninny.

    September 5, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    She is so stupid....

    September 5, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Rosemary Peppercorn

    Will Mitt be there when I'm walking to my car at work and get raped? Or will he make me give birth? A complicated birth that would not be covered by insurance because your husband would have dismantled Obamacare? Answer me that, Ann Money. Ann, you do NOT "love women."

    September 5, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Mark in Seattle

    He's a "turn-around-guy". Is that her way of saying Mitt's a flip flopper.

    September 5, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Tired of republican lies

    You Lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Dee

    oh yeah.. Mitt will be there for Ohio.. that's why he wanted to let GM liquidate.. YUP.

    September 5, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    No he won't. He already stands with rich, old, white guys who like to tell me what I can/cannot do about my health care choices and guys who think it's okay that I get paid less than them. Buzz off, Ann. You're no Lily Ledbetter nor are you FLOTUS Obama. And please get a stylist.

    September 5, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    This coming from someone who receives a $77,000 tax break for owning a fancy dancing horse. Most hard working Americans don't even make that much money.

    September 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Raising 5 boys who avoided military service is a hard job. Being a full-time mom with paid help is hard too.
    Has this lady ever had a job outside there 10 homes ?

    Wake up to What Ann , the cleaning people ?

    September 5, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    "I can promise you, I know that Mitt will be there for you ..."

    In what respect, Charlie, .... er, I mean ..... Ann?

    September 5, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Okay, so she's officially entering the political arena. Bring it on.

    Michelle Obama's speech was so WELL received and so POINT ON – you feel mentally challenged?

    And women if you want a better future, if you want a better job, if you want better hope for you, you'd better vote for Mitt."

    First of all Ann, I have a good job, and I don't need your form of "hope". After the way you deliberately moved away from that crowd on stage in Ohio on Saturday, just to avoid shaking their "dirty hands", you are the LAST person to try and tell be what I "better" do. Further, for a woman who was educated, why is it you can't speak intelligently? Just read this sentence.

    if you want better hope for you, you'd better vote for Mitt."

    No thank you. The president and First Lady get my vote. You and your lying husband and your five good for nothing sons make me sick, and I can't wait until you are no longer relevant on the national stage.

    September 5, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Ann Romney said, "I know that Mitt will be there for you."

    Left unsaid: with cardboard boxes and pink slips after he outsourced your good paying jobs to China since he could lower costs and well....you're expendable when it comes to bottom line profits.

    September 5, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. snoozie

    I find it ironic that someone who lives a dream life is telling average American women they need to wake up.

    September 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Yanni

    According to Anni the queen, Mitt is a savior especially for women. Because, women cannot take care of themselves they need a savior like Mitt? Question for the queen: Is he running to become the King?

    September 5, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. demwit

    Why should Julia wake up? Its not like she has a job...

    September 5, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. kayla

    lady go home to your mansion

    September 5, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Ruth Sykes

    I just cain't take her word for anything. She offers no statement of how he plans to be there for anyone. Repeal the ACA,Ledbetter. Act and planned parenthood!!!! How can he be there for us? She is delusional.

    September 5, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Yeah Queen Ann.....Wake up and make your husband coffee, and breakfast. Get his clothes out. Dress him and see him to the door. Be sure to be there when he comes home too. Slippers in one hand and a martini in the other. Stepford Wives Unite!!!

    September 5, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. julie

    don't worry Ann we are awake and the sane of us all will be VOTING FOR OBAMA

    Obama 2012

    September 5, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Maritha Jones

    IIt's amazing how the Romneys continue to play the victim role – "They are demonizing my husband" but he is going around the country telling a lie about the work to welfare provision. He is lying about Obama gutting Medicare to pay for Obamacare. If anybody needs to wake up it's Ann and Mitt Romney who have NO idea what the words middle class even mean because it's not part of their story. I have no problem with the fact that they are wealthy. Hell I applaud it – but I do have a problem with the fact that they don't get it and they are frustrated that us people let them know everyday how out of touch they really are. When her husband was on stage and did not acknowledge the troops in Afganistan is showed then who really doesn't get it.

    September 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. 1twinsfan

    "Mitt will be there for you!" Just like he was at this rally for women voters?

    September 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. bb

    That proves it dumbocraps have no class. Obamas Mrs spewed lie after lie, why not ask about his promises, ill close gitmo, ill cut deficet in half, unemployment under 6 % or i wont run. Heres a couple facts yes facts read them in Oblunder care sell your house 4% goes to Oblunder care yes out of your pocket (3.8%) is the actual %. look at oblunder care for kids inherance tax or look at the tax when your child inherits your home, this is nothing but taxes which Oblameo said he wouldnt raise, pres wife should be ashamed of herself for spewing lies that he cares that is a total falsehood.

    September 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Poetic Justice

    If you want to know how Mormons treat women, google Banking On Heaven

    September 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. charlesalmon

    She is as shallow, vapid and clueless s her husband

    September 5, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. ExRepublican

    Ann Romney you never be our first lady...1st lady Michelle have more class then you Ann.
    Ann is a liar just like her husband

    September 5, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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