Ann Romney has one concern
September 29th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney has one concern

(CNN) - Ann Romney said in an interview this week that she has no reservations about her husband's ability to serve as president.

But she does have a small concern about the GOP presidential nominee assuming the top office.

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"I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being," Romney said in an interview with Reno, Nevada, CNN affiliate KTVN.

"I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what is missing right now in the economy, the pieces that are missing to get this jump-started," Romney said. "So for me, I think it would just be the emotional part of it."

But Romney's reservation about her husband, Mitt Romney, did not hold her back from encouraging her husband to run for the presidency.

On the campaign trail, both Ann and Mitt Romney often tell a story of how she encouraged her husband to throw his hat in the ring for a second time after his unsuccessful 2008 bid for the Republican nomination.

"I got a camera out and I videotaped myself," she said at an event last month. "I made this videotape and I said I am never doing that again."

"I gave it to Mitt and he looked at it and he said, oh - you know, you say that after every pregnancy," she continued, to laughs.

But the "legacy of debt" the country would leave to her children and grandchildren's generations, she said, was enough for her to encourage Mitt Romney to enter the race again.

And it was enough to encourage her to muscle through the vitriol of a campaign, which she said is "always part of the package."

"It is not easy on the wives, the children, the family and the friends because you see someone that you loved, being maligned, lied about, mistreated, abused, criticized," she said. "And by the way, every person that you know is always giving them advice on what they should do and say."

When her husband is wound up, she can have “a very calming influence on him,” Ann Romney told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger in an interview this summer.

But overall, her husband is calm and confident, she said.

"I think where it goes to is this internal sense of self, where he's very confident in who he is," she in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. "But he also knows that as president, he's going to be doing things that may not always be understood, but they're going to be always the right thing, what he believes is the right thing for the country."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Wake up people!

    This man, if you can call him that isn't fit to be a dogcatcher, and neither is she. Please sit down and shut up Queen Anntoinette. We have eaten our cake and we don't care for the taste or smell of it or you.

    Mittwitt has to be the WORST, whining, pathetic presidential candidate that I have ever seen.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 30, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. GI Joe

    We're wondering why the reps didn't put up a sane candidate this go-round.

    You know, who would be reasonable and fair, not war happy for BiBi, would make gradual changes (like God changes the seasons), who actually cared for the U.S.A. instead of investing all his/her money in other countries. Why did they not put up a sane candidate.

    And now Ann has come out saying she is concerned with Mitt's mental "well-being" – it's too risky with his knee-jerk reactionary finger on the nuke button and his "go-it-alone-macho" attitude. War should be the LAST choice, not the choice of your best foreign friend.

    September 30, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. GI Joe

    We're wondering why the reps didn't put up a stable candidate this go-round.

    You know, who would be reasonable and fair, not war happy for BiBi, would make gradual changes (like God changes the seasons), who actually cared for the U.S.A. instead of investing all his/her money in other countries. Why did they not put up a stable candidate.

    And now Ann has come out saying she is concerned with Mitt's mental "well-being" – it's too risky with his knee-jerk reactionary finger on the nuke button and his "go-it-alone-macho" attitude. War should be the LAST choice, not the choice of your best foreign friend.

    September 30, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Crismn

    So Mr. Romney is emotionally unstable? What did she just say? It seems she doesn't trust her husband would be able to stand emotionally the stress of the job?

    September 30, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The bottom line.......Mitt doesn't need the job for MONEY! Lots of our politicians are ONLY after the money!

    That simply says he wants the job to help the country. The country certainly needs major help. 'Nuff said.

    September 30, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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