September 1st, 2012
02:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Mrs. Romney sweet-talks reporters on campaign plane

Cincinnati (CNN) - Ann Romney stepped up her charm offensive on the media Saturday and held a post-speech wardrobe consultation - complete with treats - with her husband's traveling press corps.

"I want to know, girls, we really wanted the girls to tell me about my dress for the speech," Romney said to the women of her husband's traveling pack of reporters, many of whom have covered the candidate for a year. "Girls, did I do OK?"

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The campaign has deployed the personable mother of five as the warmer, fuzzier side of the devoted Romney couple. Lately Romney has focused her outreach on women - and also on reporters, to whom she has twice offered home-baked desserts this week.

Romney was wearing an electric-blue dress with a front zip and carrying a basket of her now-famous homemade Welsh cakes during her impromptu visit to the back of the GOP presidential nominee's new campaign charter plane.

For her big speech Thursday, she wore a red collared shirt dress that drew rave reviews a bracelet, both by designer Oscar de la Renta.

That wasn't the only dress Romney considered. The candidate's wife, who spoke about her husband's personal side during her speech, considered choosing the blue dress she ended up wearing Thursday along with a couple of other options.

But she had trouble taking the advice of her husband's senior strategist Stuart Stevens, an avid exerciser who is often spotted walking through hotel lobbies dressed for a workout.

"Stuart actually gave advice, which was really hard to listen to," she said, then reminded reporters of a cream-colored fleece she wore on a flight earlier in the week. "I don't know if you noticed but I had a Patagonia sweater when I was coming back - he wanted me to wear that."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. a in austin

    Its not about you Ann!

    September 1, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. B.

    She is enough to make you Gag ....They live in a different paradigm that has no overlap with most Americans.

    It is no wonder that No one knows who they are, and that is because they do not really want you to.

    They are literally -out of touch in every sense.

    September 1, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Larry L

    How is this related to Romney's tax returns? How does this give us any specifics about Romney's plans to pay for his long list of promises?

    September 1, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Jane

    This is sickening....sooooo PLASTIC

    September 1, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. JM

    Does she call the male reporters "boys"? Professional women generally don't appreciate being called girls, so not sure she's exactly helping the cause there.

    September 1, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Desmond, a Canadian

    Boy, this poor Billionaire really needs everybody to do a massive marketing job on him i.e. wrap him up in distracting "gift wrap", so nobody will see him until he is opened up, that is, if he is lucky enough to be opened up after November...... But everybody already knows Rawmoney plenty. Don't we?

    September 1, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Cam Spurgeon

    Girls did I do ok? Don't know what to say about that. Girls did I do okey??This is a 60 something lady talking to professionals. Oh well. Leave it to you guys.

    September 1, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Fashion is so important when it comes to foreign policy .

    Ann has what it takes to bring this country back to the 70s.

    Bring Back Sarah Palin PLEASE !

    September 1, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. bb

    It's really sad when a man has to rely on his wife to make people like him.

    September 1, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. mig

    She seems pretty concerned about what everyone thinks of her expensive clothes."Us people "would rather see her tax returns for the last ten years.

    September 1, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |

    Who's running for president ,Ryan atkins or Ann????? Oh, I forgot ,the do nothing say nothing lying dip romney the tax cheat ,good luck with that Gop bafoons . And when's Ryan going to stop lying ,would you trust these to losers with your mom and dads soc sec and Medicare????? The rich can afford to take care of their parents , can you????????

    September 1, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. 1twinsfan

    What the h e l l year is this?!? Wardrobe consultation? I want a first lady with more gravitas; not the geritol lady.

    September 1, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |