Ann Romney hit the mark

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Updated: August 30, 2012 - 4:33 PM

Her speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention was warm, self-assured and Midwestern sensible.

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Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

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Ann Romney's job was to "humanize" a man often described as awkward. She did that.

Her speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention was warm, self-assured and Midwestern sensible. At times, it was even a bit feisty.

Her message - I know this "good and decent man" and you should, too - worked because her own life story makes her credible. She's been married to Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, for 43 years. Together, they have raised five sons and have 18 grandchildren. Together, they have struggled with her illnesses, first multiple sclerosis, then breast cancer.

"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage,' " she said. "Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer. . . . What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

Romney also addressed her family's great wealth, saying it had given them the ability to help others. (Tax records show they donated more than 16% of their income, more than $7 million, to charity in 2010 and 2011.)

"We're no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don't do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy. 'Give and it shall be given unto you,' " she said.

Wealth can change a lot in life, but it cannot ensure that children grow up to be well-adjusted, productive adults. It cannot insulate from life's sadness. That was her point, and it was well-made.

Now the question is: Can her husband explain for himself what kind of person he is - and more important - what kind of leader he would be?

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