Ann Romney Reaches Out to Women Online

Ann Romney campaigns with her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in Florida on Oct. 7, 2012. …In an essay that was part love letter, part stump speech, Ann Romney reached out to women voters online this week to tell them what she loves about her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and why she thinks women need to elect him.

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The essay, which was published on BlogHer and on MittRomney.com, is simply titled "The Man I Know." In it, Mrs. Romney describes how she felt watching her husband of 43 years in the first 2012 presidential debate, how running for president can affect a family, and what she thinks is at stake this election. (The Romney campaign has not yet responded to Yahoo! Shine's requests for an interview with Mrs. Romney.)

"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," she wrote. "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."

She pointed out that watching someone you love "get unfairly attacked" is difficult—so much so that she vowed never to hit the campaign trail again after her husband's failed bid for the White House in 2008. But "Mitt laughed and said, 'Honey, you say that after every pregnancy'," the mom of five (and grandmother of 18) wrote, and so she decided to give it another shot.

"This campaign has been even more difficult than the last one, but I've never regretted our decision," she admits. "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," she continued. "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."

The essay didn't offer details; instead, Mrs. Romney took a personal turn. "Mitt has always been my hero," she writes. "There have been times in my life when I didn't think I could make it, when I wasn't sure I could take one more step. And in those times, when I couldn't do it on my own, Mitt was always there for me to lean on."

"He's been by my side through my entire battle with multiple sclerosis," she added. "He's the one who gave me hope, he's the one who stood by my side and said, 'I don't care how sick you get, I'm with you, and we're together. We're going to be fine.' He did the same thing when I was diagnosed with cancer. Mitt taught me how valuable that kind of support and compassion is when you're struggling with such a crushing disease."

She connects his support during her illnesses to how he'll help a struggling country, and ends by asking readers to "look closely at Mitt's vision and plan for a stronger America."

"So I ask you all to share our message and talk with friends and family about how important this election is. We have the opportunity to get America back on the right path. With your help, we will. Thank you."