Making her national debut, Ann Romney swept onto the stage at the Republican National Convention late Tuesday night and delivered a forceful defense of her husband’s character and values — and made an all-out play for the critical women’s vote — in a speech designed to introduce the country to the man she knows better than anyone.
“I love you women! And I hear your voices,” she said, wearing a red, belted dress as black-and-white photos of her family flashed on a giant screen above her head.
She touched on her struggles with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. She defended her husband’s work ethic, saying, “I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success.” And she told the crowd about what she says she has learned about her husband after 43 years of marriage.
“This man will not fail,” she said, as the crowd in Tampa Bay Times Forum erupted with cheers and gave her a sustained standing ovation.