Forty two years later, five sons, and 18 grandchildren later, she explained, she is “still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance.”
“I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a ‘storybook marriage,’” she continued. “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.”
Romney asserted theirs is no storybook marriage but a “real marriage.” She sang her husbands praises as a loving, patient and selfless friend, to a rapt audience, even overheard in the press box, some commented “she’s good.”
“You may not agree with Mitt’s positions on issues or his politics. Massachusetts is only 13 percent Republican, so it’s not like that’s a shock,” she said. “But let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next President: No one will work harder. No one will care more. No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live!”
Romney continued that her husband is a walking success story, coming triumphant at new challenges he took on — noting he surprise that she has been surprised at those who attack him for his successes.
“And let’s be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney’s success?” she said. “Of course not.”
Noting that while Romney has been fortunate, it was never given to him — he worked hard, studied hard, and struggled to make his ideas a success — “he built it.”
She continued that his success has given him the ability to help others, a feat he keeps to himself.
“Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point,” she stressed. “And 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.”
She laid out the ways her husband’s success has helped others.
“That small company which grew has helped so many others lead better lives,” she said. “The jobs that grew from the risks they took have become college educations, first homes. That success has helped fund scholarships, pensions, and retirement funds. This is the genius of America: dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams.”
Romney noted that her husband has been paying it forward “at every turn in his life,” and will do it for the whole country.
“This is the man America needs,” she said. “This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.”
Romney concluded as a “wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American,” that Mitt Romney will be the one to “lift up” the country.
“It has been 47 years since that tall, kind of charming young man brought me home from our first dance. Not every day since has been easy,” she said. “But he still makes me laugh. And never once did I have a single reason to doubt that I was the luckiest woman in the world.”
The presidential candidate’s wife concluded that the country can trust her husband.
“He will take us to a better place, just as he took me home safely from that dance,” she said.