Ann Romney challenges women to 'wake up'
September 5th, 2012
03:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Ann Romney challenges women to 'wake up'

(CNN) - They are seen as their husbands' top surrogates, and the day after first lady Michelle Obama made the case for her husband at the Democratic National Convention, Ann Romney traveled to the battleground of Ohio Wednesday to make the case for the Republican challenger.

Her husband, Mitt Romney, is attuned to women's struggles, especially their economic struggles, and, Ann Romney said, "I know that Mitt will be there for you."

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"Women, you need to wake up," she told the largely female audience at a "Women For Mitt" rally in Findlay, Ohio. "Women have to ask themselves who is going to... be there for you. I can promise you, I know that Mitt will be there for you, he will stand up for you, he will hear your voices, he knows how to fix an economy, he's a can do kind of guy, he's a turnaround guy."

The latest CNN/ORC International Poll, released Tuesday, showed a "gender gap" between the two candidates: 54% of women surveyed said they were leaning towards or supporting Obama, while only 42% said the same of Romney. Asked who is more in touch with the issues facing women, 56% of all voters surveyed named Obama and 36% named Romney.

Ann Romney said that on campaign swings around the country, she and her husband have "heard about how many women are struggling in this economy more than the men are."

While Ann Romney sometimes campaigns at her husband's side, on Wednesday she was on the stump in Ohio as her husband was in Vermont preparing for the series of presidential debates this fall.

Michelle Obama, meanwhile, had a series of appearances in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democrats were gathering for their party's convention, and where her husband was slated to arrive later in the afternoon. He is to accept his party's nomination for reelection on Thursday.

In her Tuesday evening primetime address, Michelle Obama touched on the issues important to women voters. In addition to talking about women's health care, she told the story of her husband's grandmother, who Michelle Obama said professionally "moved quickly up the ranks, but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling."

"When it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother," the first lady said. "He's thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day's work. That is why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work."

On the campaign trail Wednesday, Ann Romney told an often relayed story that after her husband's 2008 presidential race, she did not want him to reenter the ring.

"My husband was being demonized, lied about," she said, "and now we're really getting it, as you know."

"I am so grateful that people are now standing up and saying this is the guy that has integrity, decency, goodness. And this is the guy that cares about you and that is why we are running," she told the crowd mainly comprised of women. "We are not running to make our lives better. We are running for you."

And Ann Romney seized upon a metaphor which her husband and Obama have tossed around in recent days on the stump.

The GOP presidential candidate likened Obama's record on unemployment as "a coach that's 0 and 23 million" and said that "it's time to get a new coach." On Monday, Obama fired back, telling voters in Ohio to "punt" Romney and his running mate away. "It won't work. It won't win the game. You don't need that coach. That's a losing season," the president said.

Ann Romney revived the metaphor, telling supporters at her rally that, "It's time to fire the coach."

"We are zero and 23-million. That's the score in this game," she said. "And those kids, I promise you, you will have a better future if Mitt is the president. And women if you want a better future, if you want a better job, if you want better hope for you, you'd better vote for Mitt."

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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    I think the color of the sow's dress would be called "lipstick red".



    September 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Darryl

    Wake up women ? What does that mean ? Sounds like she's addressing women who have had their heads burried in the sand for a years or more. Women are awake and are very aware of the position her husband has on womens issues and that is NOT where he and his socialestic Nazi people are going to go. Women don't want Goverment in their health and wellfare bussiness period. As far as Wake-up women ? That is nothing short of condesending and insulting to put it at best. Sorry QUEEN ANN get back in your Cadillac and drive on home to your life with your Foreign Bank Accounts.

    September 5, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Sam

    Mitt will be there for women... Why is his wife telling them this and not him?

    September 5, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. RGD

    Ann Romney is typical Republican Stepford wife, letting old white guys in Congress control women's plumbing. At least 60% of women will vote for Obama this election thanks to GOP's platform that takes us all the way back to 1950's or even earlier than that in some instances.

    September 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Ross

    Ann Romney's prancing horse makes more sense than she does.

    September 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. myviewis

    "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    I'm sure Michelle Obama is also very smart and recognizes those times when she won't help someone else because that someone has learned to manipulate the system and has made it a point to live off it thus taking away from those that really need it.

    September 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    When half of the team wants "America to fail" it is time replace that half ot the team, missy.

    September 5, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. bxgrrl

    I'm plenty awake, honey, and I'm voting for Obama.

    September 5, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. SafeJourney

    Ann can not even come close to the grace and intelligence of Mrs Obama. The majority of women in America know who has thier back and it is NOT Mitt.

    September 5, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Terri

    @ "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!"
    Her speech was wonderful and you got it wrong, the lipstick on the PIG was Ms. Piggy Palin

    September 5, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. linda

    Sorry but Michelle is much more personable, likeable and down to earth than Ann Romney, her husband doesn't know anything about what women face on a day to day basis and neither does Ann, she has been pampered all her life and doesn't have a clue what it is like to have to pay bills that are mounting up month after month.....I don't begrudge their wealth but don't stand there and tell me that you and your husband know what the middle class is facing......what women are facing in the work force and needing healthcare.....that just doesn't fly Ann..........

    September 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. zp

    This administration has been consistently condescending to its citizens, and forced a health care law through without the American people behind it. Now who's telling the country what's good for us? Incidentally, the Obama's are as wealthy as the Romney's – so what?? Honorably, Mitt didn't receive a salary when he was governer of MA and head of the Olympics. The Obama's had us pay for Airforce One for their date night....while the economy was going down the tubes.

    September 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. NameLEW

    Mitt is going to be our next President and I couldn't be more hopeful for our country! Let's unite and be a great country once more!

    September 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Larry

    I am Mitt.I am here to support Women unless it comes to pay equality,healthcare,or the right to choose what procedures can and can not be done to their own bodies,then I'm here to support Rich Corporations and the delusional zealot Church.....Corporations and Religion,I support Obama/Biden 2012.

    September 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. linda

    your guy is a turnaround guy alright......he turns around and flip flops all over the place on what he stands for, you can't believe him from one speech to the next......a real turnaround guy......

    September 5, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. SafeJourney

    zp Ask the good people of MA what they think of Mitt. The majority DO NOT like Mitt

    September 5, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. K from Colorado

    "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!
    I'm guessing tha you take credit for everything you have earned in life. Everything you have in life you made and no other person has helped you out what so ever.
    That must make you GOD! You built your house,car,money,food. must be nice to be so awesome and self-sufficent

    September 5, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. g

    ann likes to wake-up all her lady help -to clean her house-take care of her kids-cook the meals and do the shopping–wake up early ladies

    September 5, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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