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Ann Romney Shares Message of Leading by Example in Largo

The wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a personal message to a 450-plus crowd at a Women for Mitt event at Largo Community Center on Wednesday.

Afternoon bingo at stayed on schedule, even with wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivering a speech to a crowd of supporters just down the hall.

Ann Romney built upon the personal message she delivered at the Republican National Convention during Wednesday's return visit to the Tampa Bay area. She spent about 10 minutes sharing more personal accounts of her life and love for Mitt and their five boys at the Women for Mitt event supporting her husband's presidential bid.

The packed crowd of 450 supporters, mostly women, filled the ballroom to capacity. At least 100 more supporters watched on TV screens around the community center campus. 

Romney shared how she enjoyed the recent RNC in Tampa.

"I like talking about my husband and what a good guy he is," Romney said, adding that she didn't know the speakers had planned such personal messages. "I liked friends from our past telling real stories about Mitt (at the convention)."

Wednesday, Romney shared a few family stories of her own.

Mitt is "go and do," she said. When her boys were young and a playmate was dying of leukemia, the boys and Mitt spent time with the child. When a neighbor ran out of heat on a northern winter night, Mitt piled logs in the family car to get the woman through the night and then paid her heating bill the next day, Romney said.

Romney also shared how Mitt's faithfulness and dedication supported her during her struggles with breast cancer and Multiple Sclerosis.

"In my darkest hour, Mitt said, 'I don't care how tough it gets, we are doing this together. I am by your side, and we are going to be OK,' " she said.

'Help is on the Way'

Romney said the country could count on her husband for support, as well.

"Help is on the way. ... Mitt has a heart of compassion and a brain that knows how to get a job done."

Romney said this presidential election is very important.

"We believe in America. We know this man won't fail. He is going to turn the key to the economic engine and get this country going again," she said.

Supporters were impressed with Romney's speech.

"I loved how she loves her husband," said Allison Schick of St. Petersburg. "We should really be united and love one another. ... I loved how she loves the Lord."

Catherine Barnhill of Westchase was impressed with Romney's "words of service."

Romney was the headline speaker at the Women for Mitt event. Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock, South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters, and state Attorney General Pam Bondi addressed the crowd, too.

Cathy Sarnago September 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
The Romney's have it all going on, love of family, love of Country and love of God! That is what our country was founded on plus the Romney & Ryan team will get our fiscal house in order! Obama is in way over his head, arrogance and inexperience! America needs to wake up!
rick barasso September 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I guess the big question remains, who won at bingo?
rick barasso September 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
They certainly do, a family of cowardly cult members. Under his leadership led his state to 47th in job creations. And we've seen how much Obama hates his family! Lets not forget, Ryan who voted for every major blll responsible for the debt.
Jack David September 13, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Love of GOD might be a stretch..Mormons believe they are made of the same FLESH as GOD and believe they can become a GOD,which includes a planet to run just like earth. I don't know about America waking up..BUT Christians better.
Cisco September 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Bigotry
Ann Demendonca September 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The crowd was said to be up to 1,200 supporters! Why the Media does not give credit for the Great Romney Draw, I know.... and the Media will go down with the "inexperience" now in charge.
Michael D. September 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Is coming from both sides. Not just one side.
Katie Dolac September 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Ann, were you able to go? The fire marshal stopped allowing people inside the ballroom once it filled to capacity (450 people). A Patch reporter outside said he saw 100 or so people lined up outside during the event.
Jerry Hannon September 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Well, then, from an eyewitnesses account, that means 550 to 600people (yes, that's a possible over-count, but close to reality based upon Katie Dolac's comments).
Katie Dolac September 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
That's not to say more than 550 to 600 tickets were distributed for the event through the website, though. We did not gather those figures.
Lynda September 13, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I am very happy you have found persuasive reasons to vote for Gov. Romney. I wonder if you choose all the professionals in your life based on the same qualifications. For example: your doctor, your plumber, your mechanic, your tax accountant? If I were you I would want to "hire" someone with less vague credentials and more specific plans about what they actually want to do when elected.
Lynda September 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
You must be getting paid by the post and not the word, these days, nci ess. You used to be more persuasive. . .
Lynda September 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am grateful that Patch actually replied with facts about the capacity of the room. I hate for the "blame the media" lies of Romney supporters to go unchallenged. Although this was most likely just something AD "heard" on talk radio.
Lynda September 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM
This was a good crowd for a last minute event, no matter the exact total of people who cam. I give lots of credit to Mrs. Romney for being a good sport about her husband's campaign.
Joseph Robert September 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Ann's best ideas of leading by example are: 1. Set up business for pet horse named Rafalca. 2. Write off thousands of dollars in expenses for the horse. Another of Ann's ideas....... 1. Open up foreign bank accounts with Mitt (that Mitt does have some control over; he can tell the executor whether or not to own foreign bank accounts). 2. Take huge tax writeoffs with these accounts. 3. Refuse to tell the American people, as is customary, what you are doing with these investments and refuse to provide several years of tax returns. What a terrific example you and Mitt are, Ann! N O T !
Joseph Robert September 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM
MITT ROMNEY had a terrible week trying to turn the Egypt and Libya attacks into political opportunities for himself. He is DEFINITELY NOT ready to be POTUS! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/mitt-romney-s-worst-week-ever-three-explanations.html http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-libya-20120913,0,303650.story http://articles.boston.com/2012-09-13/editorials/33785428_1_mitt-romney-cairo-obama-administration http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/opinion/avlon-romney-libya-attack/index.html http://annistonstar.com/bookmark/20144562-Responding-to-violence-Romney%E2%80%99s-missteps-get-in-the-way-of-the-real-story-for-the-U-S- http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/candidate-romneys-unpresidential-gaffe http://www.rgj.com/article/20120914/OPED01/309140025/Editorial-s-Romney-Amodei-who-sent-wrong-message-attacks-Libya http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/candidate-romneys-unpresidential-gaffe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/54891665-82/states-united-libya-president.html.csp http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57511707/how-badly-did-romney-botch-response-to-libya-attack/ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2012/09/mitt-romneys-libya-blunder-reflects-larger-failings.html
Swiffer Wet Jet September 15, 2012 at 01:58 AM
@ Joseph Robert - I tend to agree with the 1st part of your post, but then again regarding the 2nd half I recall a certain junior senator from Illinois picking a senator from Delaware who chaired the Foreign Relations Commitee to enhance his election efforts and we wound up with Biden who isn't being vocal at all now, considering his "experience" and exhibits more strength in flirting with biker chicks than helping securing our position in the world. So considering the above and the fact most of your media sources above are biased to begin with, I don't give them much credence.

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