December 7th, 2007
07:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Ann Romney shares account of speech day

Ann Romney called her husband's speech 'historic.'

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Ann Romney made two campaign stops in Las Vegas Thursday night, telling crowds that the address husband Mitt Romney gave earlier in the day on the role of religion in America and his Mormon faith was a “historic moment.”

The former Massachusetts first lady admitted that it had been a long and emotional day but that she was very happy with the outcome. “I knew that his emotions were on edge and I knew that he was talking from the depths of his soul.” She emphasized that Gov. Romney had written the speech himself and felt compelled to give it despite opposition from advisors.

Befitting a day that centered on faith, Mrs. Romney later told a group of staffers and volunteers at Nevada campaign headquarters, “We had lots of prayers today.” She revealed that she was moved to tears when the Romney family knelt in prayer in their hotel room prior to the speech and that they had also shared a private prayer with former President George Bush and wife Barbara at the Presidential Library – the site of the address.

At both stops, Mrs. Romney highlighted the importance of religious freedom with what her husband called “the nation’s symphony of faith.” Asked if she thought they would continue to be dogged with questions about Mormonism, Mrs. Romney told CNN, “I hope not.”

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

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  1. Dave, Denton, Texas

    Freedom is based on obedience to laws, and laws most often come the values espoused by established religions. It is true that even atheists can sustain law and the values that inform them. However, my guess is that religion is most likely to promote values that uphold law.

    January 10, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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