Ann Romney lashes back at conservative critics
September 21st, 2012
12:37 AM ET
6 years ago

Ann Romney lashes back at conservative critics

(CNN) - Ann Romney has a message for her husband's conservative critics: try walking a mile in her husband's shoes.

"Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring," she said in a Thursday interview with Radio Iowa.

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Several high-profile conservative commentators have criticized Romney's recent campaign tactics, topping off a tough week for the Republican presidential nominee. Earlier in the week, a left-leaning magazine released secretly recorded clips of Mitt Romney speaking at a May fundraiser which dominated the week's political news coverage. Last week, the Romney campaign struggled in its response to violence in several Arab countries with left the American ambassador to Libya and several others dead.

Peggy Noonan, whose conservative columns appear in The Wall Street Journal, hit Romney's campaign, calling it "incompetent." In another column published after Ann Romney's Radio Iowa interview, Noonan stood by her comments and dealt another blistering blow, saying her word choice was "only because I was being polite. I really meant 'rolling calamity.'"

And Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative publication The Weekly Standard, likened Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as "two presidential candidates who - when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters - have shown contempt for fellow Americans."

In his comments at the secretly recorded event, Romney said 47% of the electorate viewed themselves as victims and were dependent upon government support, and therefore would vote for Obama.

In her Thursday interview, Ann Romney said she does not let the criticism "sink in."

"You hear it and then you just let it go right by; you are used to it," she said. "Honestly, at this point, I'm not surprised by anything."

Romney said the election this year is important and "it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country."

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Phil Thomas

    This guy really pimps his wife, who cares what Ann Romney thinks

    September 21, 2012 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  2. Mr. Tan Man at his Fakeness Again

    Soon your husband is not going to be recognizable! Ttrying to appeal to all the different races. OH! he forgot to paint the hands on his last interview. Just Stunning that your husband will stoop this low

    September 21, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  3. SafeJourney

    Queen Ann said "You People, just stop it" lol Ann, you and Mitt will Never live in Americas White House

    September 21, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  4. Flagship, NC

    Mitt has made too many mistakes up to this point. That makes him a high risk canidate. He would be be better off running for govener again.

    September 21, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  5. Thomas

    Im sure Ann is a wonderful lady. And stands by her man at all cost. Yet she acts like a victim and not a volinter .

    September 21, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  6. john

    I am voting for OBAMA.... He has cleande up some of the mess Bush left, why go back to that? Where were those complaining about the debt when Bush was spending like hell?

    Obama way better option than Romeny my friends...

    September 21, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  7. Yonni

    You people are lucky "to be able to have the opportunity to run this country"?, said the queen. What an insult and a misfortune to the citizen run by a man who's expertly is out sourcing and downsizing. What he will do if we are not profitable out source us to China? Anna, can you stop looking down at us?

    September 21, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  8. MissouriConservative

    Many of the same naysayers said he ran the primaries wrong as well. They are thinking checkers while Romney is playing chess and 8 moves ahead. I want a winner for President, not a blamer and a whiner.

    September 21, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  9. Mike

    What would wimpy Mitt do without angry ANN-toinette fighting his losing battles? That stupid cow costs him votes every time she opens her mouth.

    September 21, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  10. The Elephant in the Room

    Will someone please tell her to "stay in her swim lane"?

    Anne, despite all the puffery around you & Mitt as a team, despite the fact tha you said that YOU & Mitt selected Paul Ryan as VEEP, you, Mrs. Romney, ARE NOT running for office so we`ve reached the limit of tolerating input from you. If America didn`t tolerate Mrs. Obama, the Havard Law School graduate putting her hands in the mix, what qualifies you? Please no more of your whining.

    September 21, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  11. Don

    It's so hard trying to convince people believe in everything when you really don't believe in anything at lall. Cut the CEO a break, he has never had to answer to anyone before.

    September 21, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  12. John Oboho

    "How lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience".I don't think the electorate knows how lucky they are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience Lady Ann,if only he did not shred his records of salt olympics,and wiped his records as Massachusets gov.,it would have helped them to know how lucky they are to have Mitt.I'm at a loss why he had to shred,and wipe his 'sterling' records.Any guess?

    September 21, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Please non working wife. Back in May when your twit of a husband didn't want to saturated the airwaves with you because he didn't want for people to get tired of you or attack you was too late.
    Why don't you go to La Jolla and start those plans for razing your mansion to build another one. You know, the one with elevators for cars? Better yet, how about going riding on that $77,000 tax deduction horse that you own but are too busy to ride for your pity vote MS?
    You will never be able to shine Mrs. Obama's shoes. She has more class and better taste in clothes and she is genuine. You sound like a sour old witch rich witch who thinks she deserves to the first lady!

    September 21, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  14. Sandy Miller

    Hang in there Mitt and Ann. You have a whole bunch pulling for you. We don't pay any attention to critics.

    September 21, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,"◄
    Okay then, STOP IT – Go Home – Back to the Maids and do your "BRIDGE THING"

    The Romney's messed up when they thought that the PRESIDENCY was owed to them – Ann had a need to change the curtains in the WH and have her bridge games and "high sadiddy[sic]" TEA-parties and brunches... IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 21, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    Please do not bring these ladies into this dirt......she knows NOTHING.

    September 21, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  17. cr

    I've got a great suggestion, Ann. Why doesn't Mitt trade places w/ one of those homeless ppl he's so envious of - just for a day?

    September 21, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  18. n

    America, you here, Ann highfalutin Romney says "You people should be lucky to have Mitt the twit Romney qualifications and experience . . . blah blah and blah" , end of quote. America, I tell you, this Ann person, is just like her husband, only worst.

    September 21, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Mrs. Romney is correct. Running for office is hard. I would like to see Rushlimbaugh run for elected office and fail at it. There is something to be said for running office.

    September 21, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  20. ATL Guy

    Not only do the Romneys have contempt for the 47% of Americans they believe are losers looking for a handout or to freeload off of their stuff, they also don't care for people who don't subscribe 100% to their worldview. I think the person propping up Mitt is his wife and she's going to a whole lot more meddlesome than Hillary was in the Clinton presidency if those two people ever get into the White House.

    September 21, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. anonoymous

    He's so qualified McCain picked Palin. By the way where are those 10years worth of taxes? She needs to shut just like her stupid husband! OBAMA 2012

    September 21, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  22. Sandy

    How arrogant of Queen Ann! Now I see what Mitt was talking about on that tape when he said people might get "tired of Ann". What an elitist couple! No way do I want her or Mitt in the White House.

    September 21, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Already being a dictator? She has no right to tell anyone to stop anything.

    What a self-centered twit.

    September 21, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  24. Keith A. Sillsbury

    If you think its hard now then you need to quit while you can. you have no idea how hard it's going to get. Walk in his shoes? sure, not a problem, just hand over the money and I'll be glad to. I believe 47% of us can do a better job at it than mitt ROB ME.

    September 21, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  25. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Uh-Oh – shes sounds like an angry white woman. Ya'll better watch out!

    September 21, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
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