Ann Romney challenges women to 'wake up'
September 5th, 2012
03:22 PM ET
6 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. Romney is not My Hero

    Are all GOPets competing for the most outrageous liar award? "Poor" Annie is complaining about her husband being demonized AND lied about. No, he's not! He is a liar and demonizer. He will LOSE in November, and he only has his whole lying party to thank.

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    September 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. cali girl

    "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."
    Wow, really? Your Husband sends YOU to go talk to the little people (women) because he can't be bothered.
    I am telling you lady, we know what is going on better than you think.

    September 5, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Willis

    OOOO Tough Crowd, They sure aint fond of Mrs Tabby Nackle.

    September 5, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Jim Hahn

    Sure, Mitt will be there. First of all, he's going to work to raise your middle class taxes to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy (below $75,000, your taxes go up $2,000; above $250,000, your taxes go down 6%). Second he's going to take away your ability to make your own health care decisions, including those about abortion and birth control. Third, he's going to make health care harder for you to get and more expensive to maintain. That's really supporting women. Perhaps they should ask their husbands who to vote for?

    September 5, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Romney's Horse

    What? She doesn't even clean up after me. She hires it out!!

    September 5, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    Mitt and wife were living in poverty when his father was governor.

    Fact check: Another lie!

    September 5, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Where are my nannies, horses, elephants, soldiers, stupid AH...

    September 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. K from Colorado

    Sounds like she is trying to talk a friend into going on a date with some guy she knows is kind of creepy. " 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." WOW sounds great then he walks through the door and opens his mouth and you realize he's a idiot and maybe you should find better friends.

    September 5, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Djon Bridge

    Sure, Romney is pro-women, look who he picked for VP: Here's Ryan's voting record:
    It's hard to love Ryan, who, after all, is anti-gay, a birther, and has a really dreadful record in respect of woman's rights:

    Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
    Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
    Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
    Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
    Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
    Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
    Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
    Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
    Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
    Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
    Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
    Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
    Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
    Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
    Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
    Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
    Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
    Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011)
    Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
    Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)

    September 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |


    September 5, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Deb in MT

    @Mark in Seattle

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

    Oh, Mark. That's the best laugh I've had all day. Kudos to you, sir! Succinctly put.

    September 5, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |

    Her and her husband are just plain rude!

    September 5, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Mary - registered Independent

    IF ANYONE FROM THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN IS READING THIS...... please take some free advice from an undecided independent female voter.

    Ann Romney is making a terrible mistake by telling women to "Wake Up". It's condescending and although not intentional, she comes off as a bossy diva when she talks like that. It is a total turnoff! We are not all stupid and are aware of the issues. No, I am not happy with Obama but I'm also not happy with the crazy far right people in your party that Ann Romney has yet to speak out against, like that crazy Congressman who made those stupid statements about women being raped not getting pregnant.

    Again, I'm sure Mrs. Romney didn't intend to give the impression that she is dictating to us and talking to us like we are all stupid, but perception is reality and that is how she came across to me.

    September 5, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. zp

    We totally support the Romney/Ryan ticket ! This country is being lead in the wrong direction, and needs a major shift to independent prosperity ! These gentlemen have what it takes to get us there ! And your speech was awesome last week, Ann! You will be a wonderful first lady !

    September 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    Hey Ann – If all the women of America woke up, your not too smart husband would get zero votes.

    September 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. prtyofstupid

    So, we have demanding annie telling women folk to "wake-up" and "you'd better vote for mitt." Such a condescending tone! Demanding annie you are no first lady...go sit down somewhere. Actually, keep campaigning. It reminds us how out of touch you and your husband are regarding women's issues and issues of Americans. "We're not running to make our lives better, we're running for you." Please...if your running for me, then STOP RUNNING!!!!

    September 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    GOP is thugs of USA , never vote these jobs shippers to India, china

    September 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Hahahahahahahha

    @zp – Let me guess. Another paid GOP poster? Hahahahahahahahah

    September 5, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. TheVoice2

    I am going to keep it simple. How can a multi-millionaire govern the middle class? So his wife is saying " I can promise you", not from a man who won't release his tax returns and has offshore bank accounts.

    September 5, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. ryan

    I don't think the average American woman needs Queen Ann to tell them what's good for them.

    September 5, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Deeb

    @ Winning

    Totally agree....surprised the GOP haven't figured this one out yet.

    September 5, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. beevee

    With all due respect to Ann Romney, she does not need to tell the women of this country to wake up. They are fully aware of Romney's presidency will turn women's right to decide into. If she really wanted to conncet to the middle class she should have worn a less expensive dress when she addressed the convention. Simply saying 'I hear your voice' is'nt enough.

    September 5, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Jon

    Djon Bridge – Thank you for your points ... I could not agree with you more, this information needs to get out to the public. The more that knows this info, the more will vote Romney/Ryan in 2012. Thanks again

    September 5, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Jim (retired AF colonel)

    Mitt WILL be there for women. He'll tell them what they can and cannot do with their own bodies!

    September 5, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. myviewis

    I like Obama's grandmother, that lady made it to Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii, made very good money, handled big customers, was feared, was respected, lived a good life, gave her grandson private schooling, a nice neighborhood to grow up in, fine clothing, sports and she did the same for Obama's sister and made more money than her husband and didn't have to worry if the government was going to take care of her and her grandkids and she raised her daughter to be hard working, made good money, was a Doctor and could stand on her own, no government dependency.

    September 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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