Meeting of the Minds
TAMPA, Fla. — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who gave the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention last night, told the story of the meeting where he agreed to endorse Mitt Romney at a breakfast hosted by the New Hampshire and Pennsylvania delegations in a Doubletree Hotel by the Tampa airport this morning. Mr. Christie said he made the decision when Mr. Romney and his wife, Ann, visited the Christie homestead last fall for what was supposed to be a quiet business lunch. However, Mr. Christie’s children had other plans.
Love & Marriage
TAMPA, FL — In her speech at the Republican National Convention tonight Ann Romney will try to refute the notion she and her husband enjoy a “storybook marriage.”
“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. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer,” Mr. Romney will say, according to an advance excerpt of her speech distributed by the Romney campaign. “A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.”
DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News yesterday that he was sorry if new ads hitting Mitt Romney on his refusal to release his tax returns offended Ann Romney. The ads in question featured Ms. Romney’s dancing dressage horse, Rafalca, which is headed to the London Olympics. In the ads, the DNC uses footage of the prancing horse to make the claim Mr. Romney is “dancing around the issues” of his taxes and personal finances.
“Our use of the Romneys’ dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did,” Mr. Woodhouse said. “We were simply making a point about Governor Romney’s failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race. We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.”
To mark World Multiple Sclerosis Day the Romney campaign released a web video highlighting Ann Romney’s battle with the disease.
“Probably the toughest time in my life was standing there with Ann as we hugged each other and the diagnosis came,” Mitt Romney says in the clip. “As long as it’s not something fatal, I’m just fine. I’m happy in life as long as I’ve got my soul mate with me.”
Mitt Romney addressed the “Crategate” scandal in an interview with radio host Bill Cunningham this afternoon. Mr. Romney blamed the furor over the incident where he strapped his dog in a kennel on the roof of his car on partisan members of the press and Democratic political operatives.
“I think this campaign is going to ultimately become about jobs not dogs,” Mr. Romney said with a laugh. “Some members of the media, and certainly the DNC and the White House itself, are going to do everything in their power to divert the attention of the voter from the failure of the president to turn around the economy. He came into the office with the economy in a serious slide, it was his priority and it’s not one that he had focused on and solved. … So, they want to talk about dogs and I want to talk about jobs.”