“Without further adieu I’d like to introduce to you Ann Romney.”
“Hello! Oh…I am so emotional right now because guess what? I love Michigan. I love being back home.”
It was a homecoming pulled together in a matter of days. Hosted by Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center, about 500 Romney supporters filled the 1,000 capacity hall. The wife of Republican Presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, expressed it was during last weeks presidential debate that the country witnessed what she sees everyday.
“And what came through is the Mitt that I know that I’ve been waiting for for a very longtime for the American people to see who this guy is.”
“The would-be first lady’s job is to humanize her husband.”
Erika King is Professor of Political Science at Grand Valley State University. She explains Ann Romney’s campaign mission is to paint as positive a picture as possible. But there’s more to it than that. King says Ann Romney is instrumental in appealing to undecided voters, and in particular, undecided women.
“And sell the idea of her husband as a caring compassionate conservative.”
“What sticks out in my mind is how caring they both are. It’s not that I didn’t know it. I just think we need to know more about him,” explained supporter Arlene Veach.
That’s where Ann Romney made her appeal, “I don’t think there’s ever been a person better prepared to deal with an economic crisis.”
The base energized. Professor King suggests the Romney campaign must now decide how much time and money to spend in Michigan.
“So this is in a sense a painless way to do it. Send the first lady to an audience that will be particularly receptive.”
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