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Ann Romney Shares Message of Leading by Example in Largo

The wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a personal message to a 450-plus crowd at a Women for Mitt event at Largo Community Center on Wednesday.

Afternoon bingo at stayed on schedule, even with wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivering a speech to a crowd of supporters just down the hall.

Ann Romney built upon the personal message she delivered at the Republican National Convention during Wednesday's return visit to the Tampa Bay area. She spent about 10 minutes sharing more personal accounts of her life and love for Mitt and their five boys at the Women for Mitt event supporting her husband's presidential bid.

The packed crowd of 450 supporters, mostly women, filled the ballroom to capacity. At least 100 more supporters watched on TV screens around the community center campus. 

Romney shared how she enjoyed the recent RNC in Tampa.

"I like talking about my husband and what a good guy he is," Romney said, adding that she didn't know the speakers had planned such personal messages. "I liked friends from our past telling real stories about Mitt (at the convention)."

Wednesday, Romney shared a few family stories of her own.

Mitt is "go and do," she said. When her boys were young and a playmate was dying of leukemia, the boys and Mitt spent time with the child. When a neighbor ran out of heat on a northern winter night, Mitt piled logs in the family car to get the woman through the night and then paid her heating bill the next day, Romney said.

Romney also shared how Mitt's faithfulness and dedication supported her during her struggles with breast cancer and Multiple Sclerosis.

"In my darkest hour, Mitt said, 'I don't care how tough it gets, we are doing this together. I am by your side, and we are going to be OK,' " she said.

'Help is on the Way'

Romney said the country could count on her husband for support, as well.

"Help is on the way. ... Mitt has a heart of compassion and a brain that knows how to get a job done."

Romney said this presidential election is very important.

"We believe in America. We know this man won't fail. He is going to turn the key to the economic engine and get this country going again," she said.

Supporters were impressed with Romney's speech.

"I loved how she loves her husband," said Allison Schick of St. Petersburg. "We should really be united and love one another. ... I loved how she loves the Lord."

Catherine Barnhill of Westchase was impressed with Romney's "words of service."

Romney was the headline speaker at the Women for Mitt event. Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock, South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters, and state Attorney General Pam Bondi addressed the crowd, too.

Lynda September 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am grateful that Patch actually replied with facts about the capacity of the room. I hate for the "blame the media" lies of Romney supporters to go unchallenged. Although this was most likely just something AD "heard" on talk radio.
Lynda September 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM
This was a good crowd for a last minute event, no matter the exact total of people who cam. I give lots of credit to Mrs. Romney for being a good sport about her husband's campaign.
Joseph Robert September 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Ann's best ideas of leading by example are: 1. Set up business for pet horse named Rafalca. 2. Write off thousands of dollars in expenses for the horse. Another of Ann's ideas....... 1. Open up foreign bank accounts with Mitt (that Mitt does have some control over; he can tell the executor whether or not to own foreign bank accounts). 2. Take huge tax writeoffs with these accounts. 3. Refuse to tell the American people, as is customary, what you are doing with these investments and refuse to provide several years of tax returns. What a terrific example you and Mitt are, Ann! N O T !
Joseph Robert September 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM
MITT ROMNEY had a terrible week trying to turn the Egypt and Libya attacks into political opportunities for himself. He is DEFINITELY NOT ready to be POTUS! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/mitt-romney-s-worst-week-ever-three-explanations.html http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-libya-20120913,0,303650.story http://articles.boston.com/2012-09-13/editorials/33785428_1_mitt-romney-cairo-obama-administration http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/opinion/avlon-romney-libya-attack/index.html http://annistonstar.com/bookmark/20144562-Responding-to-violence-Romney%E2%80%99s-missteps-get-in-the-way-of-the-real-story-for-the-U-S- http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/candidate-romneys-unpresidential-gaffe http://www.rgj.com/article/20120914/OPED01/309140025/Editorial-s-Romney-Amodei-who-sent-wrong-message-attacks-Libya http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/candidate-romneys-unpresidential-gaffe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/54891665-82/states-united-libya-president.html.csp http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57511707/how-badly-did-romney-botch-response-to-libya-attack/ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2012/09/mitt-romneys-libya-blunder-reflects-larger-failings.html
Swiffer Wet Jet September 15, 2012 at 01:58 AM
@ Joseph Robert - I tend to agree with the 1st part of your post, but then again regarding the 2nd half I recall a certain junior senator from Illinois picking a senator from Delaware who chaired the Foreign Relations Commitee to enhance his election efforts and we wound up with Biden who isn't being vocal at all now, considering his "experience" and exhibits more strength in flirting with biker chicks than helping securing our position in the world. So considering the above and the fact most of your media sources above are biased to begin with, I don't give them much credence.

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