Ann Romney lashes back at conservative critics
September 21st, 2012
12:37 AM ET
11 years ago

Ann Romney lashes back at conservative critics

(CNN) - Ann Romney has a message for her husband's conservative critics: try walking a mile in her husband's shoes.

"Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring," she said in a Thursday interview with Radio Iowa.

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Several high-profile conservative commentators have criticized Romney's recent campaign tactics, topping off a tough week for the Republican presidential nominee. Earlier in the week, a left-leaning magazine released secretly recorded clips of Mitt Romney speaking at a May fundraiser which dominated the week's political news coverage. Last week, the Romney campaign struggled in its response to violence in several Arab countries with left the American ambassador to Libya and several others dead.

Peggy Noonan, whose conservative columns appear in The Wall Street Journal, hit Romney's campaign, calling it "incompetent." In another column published after Ann Romney's Radio Iowa interview, Noonan stood by her comments and dealt another blistering blow, saying her word choice was "only because I was being polite. I really meant 'rolling calamity.'"

And Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative publication The Weekly Standard, likened Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as "two presidential candidates who - when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters - have shown contempt for fellow Americans."

In his comments at the secretly recorded event, Romney said 47% of the electorate viewed themselves as victims and were dependent upon government support, and therefore would vote for Obama.

In her Thursday interview, Ann Romney said she does not let the criticism "sink in."

"You hear it and then you just let it go right by; you are used to it," she said. "Honestly, at this point, I'm not surprised by anything."

Romney said the election this year is important and "it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country."

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ann Romney said the election this year is important and "it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country."

    Understandably this women admires her husband. Having said that, it's time SHE understood that the Romney's aren't American royality. Indeed, from Mitt's own mouth, he isn't too inclinded himself to accept one half of America as functioning human beings. Apparently, Ann agrees with Mitt. Whether those Mitt wrote off as freeloaders consider themselves lucky to have Mitt's contempt thrown at them, I'll let them decide.

    And, a bit of advice for Ann Romney, the surrogate: Stop. Stop right now with your "you people" whining. Mitt isn't running for class president, for Pete's sake. Campaigning is the easy stuff, Ann. Governing, not so much.

    September 21, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Chumlee

    For someone who has not worked a day in her life, what do you expect.

    September 21, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. enuff

    Romney's problems have been created by Romney himself. Not critics, not democrats, not the media. It is because he opens his mouth and says stupid things. It does not sound like Ann lets it roll off her back if she is complaining about how even the conservative critics are "picking on him". Lucky indeed.

    September 21, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Oh my. Ann, dear, this is just the campaign. It gets worse if you actually win the WH. And what you're asking to stop is actually going to cause more as it indicates that not only is Mitt not ready, if ever, to be President but that you aren't ready to be FLOTUS. Looks like you won't be getting you're very first job in January.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 21, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Tish

    Cry me river...if you can't stand the heat stay out the kitchen. I'm glad they are not using her much because I'm so tired of her already. She thinks she's talking to the help or something.

    September 21, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Mack J.

    Awwww, you poor little rich kid. So if things don't go your way, are you gonna take your Mormon undies and go home? What a gracious First Lady you'd (think you'd) make!

    September 21, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    OMG! What a whiny individual she is! Seriously cassANNdra, if you think running for office is "hard", you really aren't ready for prime time. It's not "your time" and it never will be. You don't "deserve it" and it's time for your and your robot to pack it up and quietly head back to one of your many homes. Stick a fork in her – she's done!

    September 21, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. CNN Fan

    Now Romney losing conservatives...he losing middle-class, young people, working Republican people, women, Veterans,......If I was him...I should quit...because the more he is on the race..the more he hurts GOP congress millionaires who supported him are jumping off his ship now because they don't see any sign to win this election...Poor Romney...

    September 21, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Just a thought

    Awww....the poor wannabe Queen Ann is upset that her hubby is getting his little fanny buttered. by the way Mittens you do walk a little wierd...just sayin' dude. But ultimately you need to man up

    September 21, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Facts don't Lie

    So I guess if Mitt does become president and get hits like Obama does from the right 24/7 and even times from his own party Ann will take to the stage and yell STOP IT! Uh yeah I bet that will work real well.

    September 21, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Doug in NYC

    Well, Miss Ann RobMeHood, it'd be a lot easier if your husband Willard RobMeHood stopped lying and flip flopping he wouldn't have to try and keep everything straight in his head!! Ever think about that?

    September 21, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. gwats

    Ann Romney: Please quit criticizing my husband! He bought me a horsie!

    September 21, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Josaphat Daniels.

    Well well well, the stepford wife is turning green, so much for being a huge asset.

    September 21, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. tess

    i'm not sure the american people deserve someone as gracious as ann romney and someone as unselfishly giving as mitt romney! we have turned into a country of gimme, gimme, gimme and then give me more. we usually get what we deserve and o'dumbo fills THAT bill! only if we wake up to how he is destroying the american dream, promise and character will we turn away from his socialist policies and recover OUR america! WAKE UP PEOPLE – IT'S ALMOST TOO LATE!!!!

    September 21, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. E

    Oh honey, if you think this is bad try being the first black president and having all those old white men in congress immediately tell you that they will do anything they can to make you fail.

    Grow a pair.

    September 21, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. bb

    Ann Romney is having a meltdown because she sees her dream of becoming Flotus slowly dissipating before her eyes.

    September 21, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    I swear, I hate the sight of this hideous woman. She doesn't have an ounce of the class that our current FLOTUS has. Jay Z said it best..... You can pay for school, but you can't but class.

    November 6th can't get here quick enough for me. Bye bye Robmeys!

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 21, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Jeff in Virginia

    For somebody who is trying to sign up for four years of pressure, Ann Romney sure is folding like a cheap lawnchair.

    September 21, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. fayse

    The Romney campaign is imploding. Sorry Mrs Romney, Mitt will not be President.

    September 21, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. alphabatt1

    "Stop it, don't you know how hard it is to be a 1%er"!

    September 21, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Jake in Omaha

    Mrs. Willard M. Romney

    Maybe you can get Willard to release his tax returns for the last 10 years. What is he hidding? How much money does he have stached in oversea account?

    The voters want to know if Willard has paid his fair share of taxes.

    September 21, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Al

    Must be hard for Mrs. Romney to see that her own Conservative breed circle the wagon around her husbin.

    September 21, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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