ICYMI: "The Man I Know"

RNC Communications - October 9, 2012

By Ann Romney

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Last Wednesday night, in a debate watched by nearly 70 million people, America and the world got to see the Mitt Romney I’ve known for most of my life. The guy who is in control, the guy who knows the answers to the hard questions, the guy who cares about people and wants to help those who need it the most. That’s the Mitt I know. I couldn’t have been more proud, and I couldn’t be more confident that he will be the next President of the United States.

I have to admit, though, five years ago at the end of the last campaign, I told Mitt I would never do this again. Mitt laughed and said, “Honey, you say that after every pregnancy.”

He had a point, but it didn’t quite cover what a family has to go through on a campaign. When you love someone, know so deeply that they are a good person and are doing the right things, it’s tough to watch them get unfairly attacked. But it is tougher to see how many families in our country have struggled in the last four years. I am humbled by the folks throughout the country who tell us they are praying for us, and they need Mitt to turn our country around. People are suffering; they can't pay their mortgage or give their kids the education that they deserve. We can’t afford four more years like the last four. I've seen my husband turn impossible challenges into incredible successes time and again. And throughout our lives I've witnessed him serve as the man who is always there for a friend or neighbor in need. So I knew that if there was anybody who has what it takes to ease this suffering, it is my husband.

This campaign has been even more difficult than the last one, but I’ve never regretted our decision. As Mitt and I travel all across the country, people say, “Mitt, we’re counting on you to save the country!” The energy and passion of the people we meet serves as a constant reminder of why we’re in this and how important this election is. Like many Americans, I know our country is going in the wrong direction, and we’re in trouble. I worry the most about our kids and our grandkids. This election will decide what kind of future we will leave for them. We can still give children a future of hope and possibility, but not if we stay on this unsustainable course of spending more and more money that we don’t have, borrowing from countries like China. Unless we curb Washington’s appetite for bigger government and more spending, the national debt will only continue to grow. We must take care of our little ones, not ask them to pay the bills we leave behind.

We have to get our fiscal house in order, but just as importantly, we’ve got to get this economy moving again and creating good jobs for our kids. Mitt will make job creation his number one priority. He has a plan for economic recovery, and he’s fighting hard to ensure that our children will have the opportunities for the good jobs we want for them. That starts with enacting real education reform that won’t let special interests get in the way of teaching our children. I recently heard Condoleezza Rice speak about empowerment and entitlements. She said that, right now, we have the opportunity to choose between those two words, to choose to lift our kids up and give them the tools for success. We need to empower our kids through education and give them the opportunity to have good jobs, achieve their own success, and ultimately build better lives. That is the American promise, and that is what Mitt is fighting to restore.

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