In a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney didn't talk politics, didn't talk policy and didn't talk party. Rather, she spoke of love, motherhood, family, and the boy who stole her heart at a high school dance.
"I want to talk to not about what divides us, but what holds us together," she said.
Mostly, though, she wanted to talk about her husband, the presidential nominee. She stressed details from family life that made the Romneys appear more middle class and less elite -- a basement apartment, a desk with saw horses for legs, a dining room table fashioned from an ironing board, a brood of five noisy boys, a battle with breast cancer.
"A storybook marriage? Not that at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage," she told delegates in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Audience members got their first glimpse of Mr. Romney during the convention when he appeared briefly on stage to kiss and embrace his wife after her remarks.
Earlier, Mrs. Romney had described him as a shy young man who grew up to be a hard-working and successful businessman.
"This man will not fail. This man will not let us down. This man will lift up America," she told a wildly cheering crowd. "You can trust Mitt."
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