October 16th, 2012
08:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Ann Romney on most difficult part of campaign life

Washington (CNN) - While Mitt and Ann Romney are briefly reunited for the presidential debate, soon she will be again hitting the campaign trail solo stumping for her husband.

She has been primarily campaigning separately from him hoping she can help build up his support among female voters – a key constituency this election.

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She recently told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger the hardest part of campaigning is "being away from my husband a lot. For me, it's being on the road all the timeā€¦there's the good and the bad side of running a campaign. But for me, it's difficult never to be home."

While she laments missing family birthdays, "it's all worth it. I mean, it's all – extraordinary experience on top of that. And it's definitely something I believe in with all my heart."

One of her main goals as a key surrogate for the campaign is to try to humanize her husband. Polls show a majority of voters do not believe Mitt Romney understands the concerns of ordinary Americans.

"I believe every single day I'm making a difference, that I'm making people see Mitt in a different light and see him as a person that cares and a person that is competent," she told Borger at a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada.

Asked how tough her husband is when he makes a mistake on the campaign trail, she told CNN "no one's ever gonna run a perfect campaign. And no one's ever gonna be perfect. But you're gonna get up the next morning. And you're gonna just keep fighting. And that's where we are right now," she said. adding "We're just gonna go forward. And that's where Mitt's mental attitude is too, is to just to keep pushing everything forward, to keep thinking about the future, to keep thinking about how important this election is."

The couple talks every night by phone if they are not together. "We hardly do not talk about the campaign, which is interesting. We might briefly, but not really. We don't talk about the campaign," Ann Romney told CNN. She said they talk about the children and ask each other if they have gotten rest.

"We care for one another. We're concerned for one another."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Are you kidding me?

    My heart bleeds. If life is so hard go back to your mansion and take Willard with you. He has spent how many years traveling around this country whining and spreading lies. He is not capable of being a leader because he cannot admit the many successes and accomplishments of our president. GM is better. I am better off, Bin Laden is dead, my stick portfolio is much better.

    I just hope after the election that they fade away. No more attention seeking and armchair quarterbacking.

    October 16, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Indy

    I honestly thought she would say the hardest part was watching the man she loves lie so much, I know it hurts me if someone I love has resorted to lies.When Ann talks about "making people see that Mitts is a caring person" I do feel sorry for her because that is a real tough job "making" people see Mitts cares and only a few will be fooled so hats off to Ann for doing the impossible

    October 16, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. bb

    Oh boo hoo! After Nov. 6th, Ann you'll be able to get all the rest you need after your husband loses.

    October 16, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |