Ann Romney wishes more people knew her husband, Mitt Romney, as well as she as she’s convinced they’d vote for him for president.
“I’ve watched him fix things his entire life,” said Romney, who has known him since they were children growing up in Metro Detroit.
Mrs. Romney talked about the many people he helped through their church, the companies he helped while at Bain Capital, and the U.S. Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah that were on the verge of collapse before he rescued them a decade earlier.
Romney even helped by giving his wife of 42 years something that can’t be bought —hope.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, Mrs. Romney, mother of five boys and 16 grandchildren, was devastated. An active woman who loves being with family and horse back riding (she has won some national amateur equestrian championships) was understandably distraught.
“I was so sick and depressed I couldn’t get out of bed,” she told me during taping of “Michigan Matters” which airs 11.a.m Sunday on WWJ-TV CBS Detroit.
“Mitt was so incredibly gentle and kind,” she said. “He told me he knew I was going to be OK. And I believed him.”
“I wish more people knew him,” she said. “Women voters in particular would vote for him if they knew him like I know him.”
He showed his unwavering support again when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She’s been cancer free since and has had to work to keep her MS in check but the health concerns have made the couple even closer and dedicated to helping others.
The Romneys have made his second bid for the presidency into a family affair, as their five sons have been involved.
“It was wanting to give our grandchildren and others a brighter future,” Mitt Romney told me during taping. “One where everyone has a chance to go for the American dream. There are too many people in tough situations, and hurting and states like Michigan are feeling it most.”
“This is where I was born,” he said. “This is personal.”
(Carol Cain is an Emmy winning journalist who is senior producer and host of WWJTV CBS Detroit’s “Michigan Matters.” She also moderates the Michigan Chronicles “Pancakes and Politics” events which begin March 12 with Gov. Rick Snyder.)