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Ann Romney says no more campaigns if Mitt loses

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's wife said Thursday they would be "absolutely" through with politics if her husband does not win the Nov. 6 election.

"Absolutely, he will not run again," Ann Romney told ABC talkshow "The View" when asked by the hosts if a loss to President Barack Obama would put an end to the Republican nominee's political career. "Nor will I."

Ann Romney has often spoken of her agonizing decision to accept her husband's second run for president, after he came up short in the 2008 race.

"I have a hard time with it," she said of the pressures of the campaign trail and the unceasing negativity of the ads that attack her husband's record.

"I did not want to do this again. This was a very hard thing for me to decide to go forward again," she added.

But she stressed that she believed her husband had compelling ideas and a message that resonated with Americans.

"I felt as though there was something my husband could offer this country that was uniquely his," said Ann, who has been on the campaign trail for months with Romney and solo as his primary surrogate.

Ann Romney said she no longer watches television, particularly when she is in a political battleground state like Ohio or Virginia, because she does not want to see all the negative advertising blanketing the airwaves.

Both Romneys were meant to appear on the show together, but Mitt canceled, citing a scheduling conflict.

The candidate's wife also emphatically stated her "pro-life" stance on the show, while defending her husband's shift on abortion over the years.

"The good news is I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel. But I am pro-life; I'm happy to say that," Ann Romney said.

She said when her husband was governor of Massachusetts, he "governed, when he ran, as a pro-choice," but that his position changed, particularly after he deliberated about whether to approve the use of embryos for stem-cell research.

"I think we all have to understand that this is an issue that is so tender, and there are people on both sides of the issue that have, with very good conscience, come with a different opinion," she said.

The Washington Post reported it was revealed during Romney's first presidential run that Ann Romney donated US$150 to women's health services provider Planned Parenthood in 1994, when Romney considered himself pro-choice. In the 2012 race Mitt Romney has called for an end to government funding for Planned Parenthood, which conducts abortions as well as pre-cancer screening tests.

1 Comment
October 24, 2012    separatechurchstate@
Did evasive, unaccountable, sworn to secrecy, and buzzword Republican presidential hopeful Willard Mitt Romney say he plans to get tough with China? I truly do not think he would do such a thing, especially since the religion to which he is a devote member (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - the Mormons) has for years pleaded with the Chinese government to allow Mormon missionaires to proselytize in their mainland country. The LDS church has settled for having only a "presence". Now as for controlling government spending. I certainly hope Mitt Romney makes it a priority to greatly reduce or better yet eliminate all of U.S. federal tax dollars spent to support the funding of the LDS Missionary program (60,000+ worldwide), and now in October 2012 the number of enrollees increasing from 700 to 4,000 per week since LDS church leaders lowered the eligibility of missionary minimum age of men to 18yrs and women to 19yrs old. There seems to be no maximum age limit (55+) so wealthy retired persons are eligible. Worst yet upon their return of serving their LDS missions, U.S. federal tax dollars will then be used to pay for the college education because they supposedly served as community "volunteers". The loophole being exploited is the proselytizing cannot be in "scripted" form (maybe consistent use of keywords is acceptable). The U.S. federal tax payers can hold Utah Senator Orin Hatch (senator of host state of Romney's 2002 Winter Olympics and state headquarters of the LDS/Mormon Church) and other LDS faithful lawmakers, responsible for sponsoring early amendments to and finally the 2009 Kennedy-Hatch bill Serve America Act (to triple the number of AmeriCorp volunteers to 250,000 and boost the educational stipend they receive for tuition assistance). The irony of the entire situation is the LDS faithful pay minimum if no U.S. federal tax dollars (example Mitt Romey’s multi-million dollar contributions to his church on his 2010 tax forms) to payout to the Hatch Serve America Act since their 15% tithings are considered eligible federal tax deductions to a private non-profit. The LDS church collects a tithing for a Missionary fund why is that money not being used to support its growing worldwide missionary program?
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