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article imageAnn Romney to GOP critics: Stop picking on my husband

By Yukio Strachan     Sep 21, 2012 in Politics
If you thought Ann Romney was just going to sit around while fellow Republicans kept picking on her husband, you're wrong: she says they should “stop it" and realize "how lucky" they are to have Mitt as their GOP nominee.
At least that's what Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, told Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson, here in Iowa Thursday evening in an interview after her "Women for Mitt" rally at a furniture store.
When Romney was directly asked about how she felt about her fellow Republicans criticizing her husband, she said:
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”
And later, she added more:
...“It’s nonsense and the chattering class…you hear it and then you just let it go right by,” she told Radio Iowa. “…Honestly, at this point, I’m not surprised by anything.”
The “47 percent”
Over the past couple of weeks, several influential GOP commentators have raked the embattled Republican presidential nominee over red hot coals for how he's handling his campaign.
Earlier in the week, Mother Jones magazine released secretly recorded clips of Mitt Romney speaking at a May fundraiser saying in part that 47% of Americans who are dependent on government and believe they are victims would vote for Obama. Therefore, they wouldn't vote for someone like him and weren't worth convincing.
Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, whose columns appear in the conservative Wall Street Journal, said Romney's campaign needs "an intervention" calling it "incompetent." Weekly Standard conservative editor Bill Kristol pitched in saying in part that Mitt's controversial comments were "arrogant and stupid."
That's not all. According to CNN, in another column published after Ann Romney's Radio Iowa interview, Noonan doubled down on her comments, saying her word choice was "only because I was being polite. I really meant 'rolling calamity.'"
Battling for votes
Ann Romney's first solo trip to Iowa came at a time when Republicans and Democrats are both battling for votes in Iowa, which is one of a half–dozen battleground states expected to determine who will win the November 6th election, Iowa's WHBF reports.
“In Iowa, you all can make the biggest difference in the world,” she said, during her 10 minute speech to the crowd. “If we carry Iowa, we have so much better of a chance of winning this presidency.”
President Barack Obama leads Romney in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin, reaching the key 50 percent support threshold in all three battlegrounds, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of these states, MSNBC reports.
In Iowa, the president’s edge over Romney is 8 points, 50 percent to 42 percent.
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