Ann Romney: Mitt ‘obviously doesn’t need’ president’s job for the money

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:49 EDT
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Ann Romney speaks to Denver's Fox 31
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In an interview with Denver, Colorado’s KDVR Fox 31, Ann Romney, wife of Republican candidate for president, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), said that her husband does not “disdain the poor,” and that voters should believe in his integrity because Mitt Romney “obviously doesn’t need to do this for a job.”

The former Massachusetts First Lady assured viewers that Mitt’s remarks were taken out of context.

“I’ve been on, obviously, on the trail a long time with Mitt and if you listen to the whole context of what Mitt talks about, he is talking about what’s happening right now in America and how more and more people are falling into poverty,” she said. “He wants to make sure to bring better opportunities for everyone. I know the guy, I know him really well, I know he cares. That’s why he’s running. It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this, when it gets taken out of context.”

When asked if her husband has “disdain for the poor,” she replied, “Absolutely not.”

Interviewer Eli Stokol asked Romney why women should vote for the former governor.

Romney replied that women have been hit especially hard by the economic downturn, and that under the Obama administration, women have swelled the ranks of the unemployed. Explaining that “Gov. Romney,” as she calls him, has been a success in business, he has an understanding of the economic issues being faced by people in the U.S., including women.

Also, as a result of his success, she said, Mitt Romney’s motives for seeking the presidency are pure.

“I want to know what motivates the person that I would be voting for, and I would say what motivates Mitt is that he cares. This is a guy that obviously doesn’t need to do this for a job,” she said.

She went on to say, “I mean, he honestly believes that he can help many Americans by having the experience that he has, and the ability to understand the economy, to bring more certainty to more Americans, especially to women.”

Watch the video, embedded via KDVR, below:

David Ferguson
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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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