Ann Romney tries to steer GOP conversation back to the economy
March 2nd, 2012
04:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Ann Romney tries to steer GOP conversation back to the economy

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – As polls show President Barack Obama making gains among women voters while the Republican candidates grapple with questions about contraception, Ann Romney tried Friday to steer the conversation back to the economy.

"I love it that women are concerned and voting for economic reasons," she told a handful of supporters at her husband's Ohio campaign headquarters in Columbus. "Moms are very angry about the deficit spending in Washington, D.C.

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"They're very upset about the burdens their children are going to inherit and they think it's irresponsible for us to pass along that burden to our children and grandchildren," she said." So that's what I am hearing and I think women in the general election are going to make a huge difference in this nation. And women for the first time are going to be voting their pocketbooks, which is great."

Her comments came 48 hours after Mitt Romney embraced a controversial, and ultimately unsuccessful, Senate amendment that would have allowed religious employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage.

Questions about social issues continue to nag Romney at a time when he would clearly prefer to be focusing his message on the economy, and the emergence of the fiercely conservative Rick Santorum as his main GOP rival has done little to help matters.

Hoping to shore up support among women and portray Romney as too extreme for the White House, the Obama campaign is framing the contraception debate as a Republican effort to restrict the reproductive rights of women and meddle in private bedroom matters.

Ann Romney, though, said the women she encounters along the campaign trail are chiefly concerned with the troubled economy, particularly the debt.

"That's what I am hearing from women out there. They are saying, 'please Mitt, please listen to us, do something about it,'" she said. "And they are getting behind us for that economic reason. So this is going to be a message in an election about the economy and about jobs."

Asked by a reporter if she is concerned that the sharp focus on reproductive issues was damaging her party's image with female voters, Romney ignored the question.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Economy • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    How many of the moms she talks to would benefit from her husband's tax plan? Answer, only the ones like herself. SCFAN, the church is very specific on women obeying their husbands, and they are pointedly told to submit. Enough General Conferences focus on the priesthood holder being the real authority in the house, so please stop attacking others for sounding uneducated: if they are uneducated, then you are delusional.

    March 2, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    Where is Willard's repudiation of Rush's comments Ann?

    March 2, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "it's irresponsible for us to pass along that burden to our children and grandchildren,""

    And when she says "our" she literally means "OUR" in her and Mittens' grandchildren...which is why Mittens' so-called tax plan would cut his own already-far-lower-than-the-middle-class's tax rate substantially, make him even more insanely rich and allow him to pass on far more money to his children and grandchildren..

    March 2, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. nothing new here

    All this garbage about birth control is not growing the economy, or bringing down the deficit.
    This is just a distraction, and further shows that Republicans don't have any better solutions that what Democrats have put on the table.
    GOP – you should have gone with Ron Paul. Ron Paul would have not wasted any time on this birth control nonsense.

    March 2, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. trick

    we're proud of you Ann & Mitt for your accomplishment & sacificing your family, time & money for the future of our country! ...MITT ROMNEY 2012!!!

    Mitt Romney is nothing like Obama! Mitt Romney loves America and will do everything in the power of the Presidency to restore America unlike Obama who said he would "fundamentally change" it.

    March 2, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    How many "moms" or for that matter "dads" does Mrs. Romney think would be able to define "deficit", let alone the
    consequences of variations. Or GNP, Trade balance, inflation, exchange-rate variations, etc. etc.
    Romney's so-called "business-experience" comes from buying and selleing assets of medium-sized companies in
    trouble. This has nothing to do with running the makro-economy of the USA. And anybody who does not understand
    that is about as smart as Mrs. Romney.

    March 2, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. JB Chicago

    "As polls show President Barack Obama making gains among women voters while the Republican candidates grapple with questions about contraception"

    Gee... I wonder why?

    Dumb, DUMB move GOP.

    March 2, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. GL

    She can not win this election for her husband.

    March 2, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. DENNA

    No, please Mrs. Rommey, let your Mittens and the others keep yammering about birth control and that other foolishness they have been coming up with. Rick Santorum has finally scared off the smart people by talking like a fool, maybe Mitt can scare off the rest. Anyway, the conservatives are more resentful of illegal immigrants than the joblessness of the American people. LOL The Democrats could not make up lies about the Republicans that come close to what the Republicans have been showing America. Keep up the good work!

    March 2, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. logicnLA

    She doesn't have a clue!

    March 2, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Realitybites

    If she's trying to make a ploy for middle/upper, middle class and below women, then she's delusional. Mitt Romney's got nothing for anyone but the super rich. I sincerely believe Republicans think most of America consists of idiots.

    March 2, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. GI Joe.


    I belive you meant macro-economics ......................................

    March 2, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Jamie from Riverside

    No Anne, No! Don't stop talking about contracepton!
    I just popped another bowl of popcorn and am loving the kiddie matinee.

    March 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. GI Joe.

    With Multi=mllion dollar trust funds, I don't think her kids will have to work or worry. In fact, they quit their jobs to help daddy so he could cut taxes on their trust funds.

    March 2, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    Ann Romney is going to make ONE FINE first lady!

    March 2, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
    Sure, sure, sure, perhaps. But after Mrs. Obama moves out of the White House in 2017. Have a nice day. 🙂

    March 2, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Taran

    At least someone is talking about what should be the real issue, where obama will fail.

    March 2, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Bootstomper

    She reminds me of my good friends mother when I was growing up. Everybody knew that her husband was gay even my friend knew his dad was gay,nobody cared we just wish he had of come out earlier.

    March 2, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hiding behind his wife now is he? Saw this coming months ago ... guess we know why he loves wearing those "mom" jeans of his day after day, huh? (For what it's worth, I doubt Ann Romney is any more concerned with Mainstreet American women than her husband is concerned with Mainstreet American men.)

    March 2, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. cali girl

    No thanks

    March 2, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Bonnie and Clyde. They destroy jobs and thrive.

    March 2, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Attila, The Hun

    Here is the main reason you should not vote for Romney. His wife will be running the country because her pathetic husband has no bal ls.

    March 2, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin S. F.

    >Church – Palladin(Paladin?), where do you roam

    Mostly the streets and sewers of Miami. As a homeless person, I hang out a lot in the internet cafes.

    March 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. roscoe

    Comments from one woman who should have chosen to use contraception years ago.

    March 2, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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