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Ann Romney: Effective political weapon

19.04.2012  |  11:28

She is a 63-year-old grandmother known as "Mamie," a former stay-at-home mother of five boys, and the cookie-baking wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

AP photo She is a 63-year-old grandmother known as "Mamie," a former stay-at-home mother of five boys, and the cookie-baking wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But do not be fooled: Republicans and Democrats alike see Ann Romney as an effective political weapon.The nation is only just beginning to meet the woman Mitt Romney calls "my sweetheart." And as the general election spotlight burns brighter, the Romney campaign is leveraging Ann Romney's natural ability to connect with voters in a way her husband cannot. Already, she is becoming a fundraising powerhouse and chief aggressor in her husband's push to court women, says Boston.com.The Romney campaign cooked up another way to steal some of Obama's Ohio thunder, announcing on Tuesday a big, splashy speech to vie for some of the media attention the president is due to receive in the crucial battleground state.Romney's speech in the swing state of North Carolina is being billed as a "prebuttal" to the president's address to the Democratic convention in Charlotte. The site of Romney's event? On a roof with a view of Charlotte's football stadium where Obama gives his speech later this summer."We're going to be waging a very vigorous campaign to highlight the clear and sharp contrast between Gov.

Romney's understanding of the economy, his pro-jobs policy and this president's three failed years in office," said spokesman Ryan Williams on a campaign conference call. "We're going to pose the question to voters 'are you better off now than when Obama took office,' and for the vast majority of Americans that's not the case", according to Local 10.Romney, who said on WTVN radio in Ohio that he intends to spend a day or two at the London Olympics this summer, still needs several hundred delegates to clinch the Republican nomination but his path cleared last week when conservative challenger Rick Santorum dropped out.Obama's campaign has long considered Romney the likely opponent in November, and the president has started making references, both obvious and oblique, to the multimillionaire former Massachusetts governor in his speeches.Talking about job training at a community college in Ohio, Obama criticized a House Republican budget plan embraced by Romney that would cut funding for programs to help young people go to college, informs WBAL Baltimore.  .



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