Ann Romney delivered a heartfelt speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, heaping praise on her husband as a man and a leader.
With a beaming smile, Mrs. Romney told the crowd about her husband's humor and heart in a prime-time speech that sounded at times like a heart-to-heart talk among women and at times like a testimonial to her husband's little-known softer side.
"This man will not fail. This man will not let us down," Mrs. Romney said.
"It's the moms who always have to work harder, to make everything right," she said. And she vouched firmly for her husband, who lags behind Obama in surveys among women voters: "You can trust Mitt. He loves America."
Romney walked on stage and kissed his wife to the tune of the Temptation's "My Girl," as the evening drew to a close.
Earlier, the Romneys watched on television at a hotel suite across the street from the convention hall as delegates sealed his hard-won victories in the primaries and caucuses of last winter, by giving him his nomination. They ended the evening together in a VIP box just above the convention floor.
Unlike other speakers in the eight-hour session who criticized opponents or rallied support for partisan issues, Mrs. Romney focused less on politics and more on the personal.
"Tonight I want to talk to you about love," she began. "I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. And the profound love I have, and I know we share, for this country."
Mrs. Romney's appearance was the highlight of the night, and it turned the proceedings into something of a his-and-hers convention.
"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a "storybook marriage. Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once," she said.
"A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage," she added in an appearance meant to cast her multimillionaire-businessman-turned politician in a softer, more likable light.