In southern Loudoun, Ann Romney shares personal side of her husband
Ann Romney told a pack of 250 supporters in South Riding Saturday that her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will win the White House and take Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in the process.
“We’re counting down. We’ve got 10 days left,” Ann Romney said. “And the way I count, I don’t count weekends. So, we’ve got eight days left.”
Speaking for 10 minutes, Romney encouraged attendees to cast early ballots before Election Day on Nov. 6, especially considering the hybrid storm brought on by Hurricane Sandy may alter plans and priorities for people throughout Northern Virginia.
Romney’s visit to Freedom High School came 10 days after her husband addressed a crowd of 8,000 people at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg. Ann Romney herself spoke in Leesburg the first week of September to a crowd estimated at 500. Between the two of them, the Romneys have given four speeches in Loudoun County in recent months, while President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have each appeared once.
The Republican candidate is scheduled to attend a rally south of Loudoun County in Haymarket Sunday.
As she did in her September speech, Ann Romney declared her husband “would not fail” if elected to the presidency.
Romney shared a personal story told during the Republican National Convention in which Mitt befriended a teenaged boy suffering from leukemia in the late 1970s. The teenager, David, who was terminally ill, asked Mitt Romney what was going to happen if he lost his battle with cancer.
“Do not fear, David – you are going to be fine. You are going to live after this,” Ann Romney remembered her husband telling the young man. “You are going to another place where you are going to be greeted by people that love you, that will love and take care of you ...”
This compassionate act and bond, as well as Mitt buying the young man fireworks—which he was a big fan of—comforted David’s family, Ann Romney said. And when David lost his life, Mitt Romney, as requested, gave the eulogy at the funeral. Ann Romney said she feels privileged to have lived with and experienced this personal side of the Republican candidate.
Ann Romney also recalled a recent fundraiser with former first lady Barbara Bush. Romney said Bush was “exactly what you would think: outspoken, blunt and just adorable.” Bush told the crowd at the Texas event that “this is the most important election in her lifetime,” rehashing a near-inescapable phrase in general election years.
Ann Romney said she agrees with Bush’s sentiment, and Romney found the remarks striking considering Bush is not only a former first lady but also a mother of a U.S. president.
And that’s why Mitt Romney is running, Ann Romney said—because he’s the man who will “change the course and the direction of this country.”
Allen, the former governor who’s now in a close Senate race against Democratic former Gov. Tim Kaine, spoke to the crowd about his beliefs that lower taxes, less government regulation and more energy exploration will strengthen Virginia’s economy.
“It’s perfect that we’re at Freedom High School, because what we care about is the future and freedom and opportunities for all Americans to succeed,” Allen said. “ … And when we have Mitt Romney in the White House, we’ll have a gentleman saying yes to Virginia, Virginia jobs and Virginia energy from our coal fields to our coast.”