Ann Romney: Mitt Felt ‘Confident’ at RNC
By Ashley Killough, CNN
(CNN) — Ann Romney said Friday her husband walked away from his acceptance speech feeling “confident” and described the night’s events as a “reflective” time for her family.
“I mean I knew he had done a great job, and I think Mitt was pretty confident that he, he felt very good about his speech and was very excited to deliver it,” Mrs. Romney said on CNN’s “Starting Point.”
Mitt Romney, who accepted the GOP presidential nomination Thursday night, delivered perhaps the most important speech of his political career in front of thousands at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
In a Reaganesque speech, the candidate made his case for why voters should choose him over President Barack Obama this fall, arguing the country was no better off than it was four years ago.
“You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him,” he said, drawing heavy applause.
His speech was also laced with heavy biographical tones in which he grew emotional talking about his parents and background. Prior to his address, friends and colleagues of Romney told stories about how the candidate had made an impact in their lives, whether it was through his time as a businessman, governor of Massachusetts or a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“A lot of people came into our lives through testimonials and different things that stood up and told a different side of Mitt than we’ve been hearing about from the attacks that have been coming our way,” Mrs. Romney told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
She added: “It really was a reflective moment for us on looking back on our life.”
Asked about the gender gap between Romney and Obama–one in which the president polls considerably higher among women than the Republican nominee–Mrs. Romney said this week was a chance for voters to see the number of influential women Romney has had in his life as colleagues and friends.
She further weighed in on a general scale, predicting more women will fall in the Republican column this cycle than they have in the past.
“I’m hearing from so many women that may not have considered voting for Republicans before but said it’s time for the grown-up to come, the man that’s going to take this very seriously and take the future of our children very, very seriously,” she said, adding she believes this will be an “economic election.”
When women were asked in a recent CNN/ORC International poll which candidate “cares more about the needs of people like you,” 58% of women chose Obama, while 36% chose Romney.
Asked, however, which candidate would manage the government more effectively, the results were more split. Forty-six percent of women said Obama, while 44% chose Romney.
“A lot of women may be voting this cycle around in a different way than they usually are,” Mrs. Romney said. “And that is thinking about the economy, thinking about their own jobs, their husbands jobs–but also thinking about the future.” she said.