Ann Romney has one concern
September 29th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Ann Romney has one concern

(CNN) - Ann Romney said in an interview this week that she has no reservations about her husband's ability to serve as president.

But she does have a small concern about the GOP presidential nominee assuming the top office.

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"I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being," Romney said in an interview with Reno, Nevada, CNN affiliate KTVN.

"I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what is missing right now in the economy, the pieces that are missing to get this jump-started," Romney said. "So for me, I think it would just be the emotional part of it."

But Romney's reservation about her husband, Mitt Romney, did not hold her back from encouraging her husband to run for the presidency.

On the campaign trail, both Ann and Mitt Romney often tell a story of how she encouraged her husband to throw his hat in the ring for a second time after his unsuccessful 2008 bid for the Republican nomination.

"I got a camera out and I videotaped myself," she said at an event last month. "I made this videotape and I said I am never doing that again."

"I gave it to Mitt and he looked at it and he said, oh - you know, you say that after every pregnancy," she continued, to laughs.

But the "legacy of debt" the country would leave to her children and grandchildren's generations, she said, was enough for her to encourage Mitt Romney to enter the race again.

And it was enough to encourage her to muscle through the vitriol of a campaign, which she said is "always part of the package."

"It is not easy on the wives, the children, the family and the friends because you see someone that you loved, being maligned, lied about, mistreated, abused, criticized," she said. "And by the way, every person that you know is always giving them advice on what they should do and say."

When her husband is wound up, she can have “a very calming influence on him,” Ann Romney told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger in an interview this summer.

But overall, her husband is calm and confident, she said.

"I think where it goes to is this internal sense of self, where he's very confident in who he is," she in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. "But he also knows that as president, he's going to be doing things that may not always be understood, but they're going to be always the right thing, what he believes is the right thing for the country."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Samn

    I doubt Mrs. Romney, you have to worry about your children or the grandchildren. You and Mitt are leaving them $100M so even without a job they will have enough money to live a comfortable life. So there is nothing for you to worry about how national debt affect your family.

    September 29, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. Name

    I find it berry disturbing that she think of Mitt to become our KING. What is wrong with Ann?

    September 29, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Leroy

    it is only fitting that Willard Mitt Romney leave his vast estate to the U.S. Treasury to held reduce the U.S. debt!

    September 29, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. LouAZ

    "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to appear normal.” – Albert Camus

    September 29, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. jj2k

    Yeah she's right mitt Romney is the right man for the country but if u r rich u won't have to worry about anything as long as he's president

    September 29, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Ann, you people, romney will never live in the White House

    September 29, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Joe

    Ann , not to worry, Mitt will never win and will never even smell the inside of the white house. He like you care about money and nothing else. Sarah Palin would make bad president and Mitt would make terrible president. Not to worry Ann .

    September 29, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Ok, if his wife is questioning his mental well-being ... doesn't that start the rest of us thinking about his mental well-being too? Frankly, if he's a bit of a loon now ... won't he be even more of a loonie toons down the road?

    September 29, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. John

    Don't worry Ann Romney ,because your husband will never win. He so much out of touch with the American People ,and he said himself that he didn't even cares about 47% of the American people. All he cares about Is the Rich, and this man have No Business running this Country.

    September 29, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. sid riker

    to all you naa sayers he who points finger first is the guilty one . ithink she is dressed very weii

    September 29, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. petena

    Ann Romney is NOT POTUS First Lady material. Sorry. She does not measure up to Michelle.

    September 29, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. pb&j72

    Ann only has one concern about Mitt's mental wellbeing? I have a whole list of concerns! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    September 29, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. John

    Ann we totally agree. You have shed light why your husband should not be President of the United States.
    His mental well being is questionable for the office.

    September 29, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. cdwoodward

    Not only has CNN held up this story, it is hidden and not readily available. This comment by Ann Romney is very telling and also very disconcerting, "I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being," This is reminiscent of George Romney's "brain washing" comment when he was running for President. Romney is not holding up under the pressure of the campaign and it would only get worse in the WH. His mental well-being should be a huge concern for all citizens and not just the candidate's wife.

    September 29, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Hillcrester

    The last paragraph is exactly what Obama's wife would say about him.

    September 29, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Desmond, a Canadian

    "It is not easy on the wives, the children, the family and the friends because you see someone that you loved, being maligned, lied about, mistreated, abused, criticized," she said.
    As far as I can see, it is your dear husband who keeps maligning the President, turning every event into an opportunity to do so Eg. Libya; claiming that the President will lie in the debates, etc.

    September 29, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. Karen Martin

    This is very frightening! The wife of the Republican Presidentail Candidate is concerned for her husband's mental health should he become president. Is the Obama campaign aware of this?

    September 30, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Harry Bradford

    Is Ann suggesting that Mittens is the second coming of Thomas Eagleton?

    September 30, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. Squigman

    Just one? Get out here in the real world, and find that one concern is usually compounded by a factor of 10. It's so endearing to hear these so called people, of the people when they complain about trivial matters. Vote republican: I think not.

    September 30, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  20. Raimo Kangasniemi

    Why don't you go with a more catchy title, CNN? Like "Ann Romney fears for Mitt's mental health" or "Mitt might go mad, says fearful Ann Romney."

    September 30, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  21. Holly

    Ann Romney's only concern is when to pay the servants. The woman has no clue about REAL poverty or even the slightest ioda of what it's like to have to decide whether to pay the electric bill or use that money to pay for food. It's an absolute shame that anyone would even consider voting fir a man who never once had to struggle....and who cares more about the favors owed to the Koch brothers & Sheldon Addleson....shame on anyone who VOTES AGAINST AMERICA by voting for Money BooBoo.

    September 30, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. helenecha

    Rumor has it said that the students are getting increasingly hungry after having their lunch at school in America. Is it real?

    September 30, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  23. SandRich

    Queen Ann is concerned about Mittens mental well-being (mental health to the verbally challenged).
    What could we then expect if we were cursed with him winning the Presidency; a mental break-down?
    One thing about the Romneys, they can't help themselves from letting the cat out of the bag in a room full of dogs.
    Shooting themselves in the foot seems to be quite common as well; they just want the publicity, not the job.

    September 30, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  24. Carlos

    My concern is his mental health NOW! Anyone who would be president and discard 47pct of the American people...has immidiate mental health problems!

    September 30, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  25. MikeKing49

    Without disparaging Mrs. Romney, her comments are very telling of what we could expect from Mitt. In her own words she has defined the office of the presidency as a corporate CEO responsibility. By her own comments, the challenges were all economic; absent were human considerations save that she has concerns about the emotional stresses of the office effecting Mitt's "balance".

    I trust that she is absolutely sincere and that she knows her man.

    If you feel America needs a CEO that is driven to attain the financial objectives with a passing and secondary consideration of citizen issues ... you have a trusted verification that Mitt is your best choice.

    September 30, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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