Ann Romney claims she is worried about Mitt’s mental stability should he win the election, so why was she the one who decided he was going to run?
The Romneys were recorded discussing this on a secret video:
After being introduced, Romney said that he had been pushed into his second campaign for president by his wife, which contradicts Ann Romney's famous story that she made a video for her husband 2008 telling him she didn't want him to run again.
Mitt Romney said: "David, you mentioned Ann, and the fact that she insisted that I get in this race. That is the truth. I wanted to talk it over with her. And every time I'd say, "Let's talk about the pros and cons," she'd say, "Talk to the hand, talk to the hand. We're just doing this. We've got to do it." And so she absolutely insisted that I get in this because she was convinced that I was the only one that had the capacity to beat President Obama."
Ann Romney then explained how she pushed her husband to run because she did not consider Obama to be a "grown-up."
Ann Romney said: "You know, the ship's going over the waterfall, it's almost there. And we look what's happening in Greece, and we look what's happening around the world, we look what's happening internationally. This is a frightening world, and we need a grown-up, and we need someone that understands the economy. So I'm glad…Mitt is grown up to you all."
Grown up “to you all”? So Mitt is the only “grown up” in our nation? No other Republican could have assumed the candidacy for president? Isn’t that a bit of grandiose thinking?
The Romneys told the same story to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Romney's wife Ann said that she was the person who pushed Romney to enter the 2012 race after his failed 2008 run.
"Ann was convinced that I ought to run again," Romney said. "She said, 'look, no one else can beat President Obama. No one else has the background to actually get the economy going, understand the economy in a very fundamental way,' and she said 'you've got to run again,' and she pushed that for a long time."
But in an interview with KTVN-TV she cited concerns for his mental health should he win:
“I think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for his mental well-being. I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness and his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what’s missing right now in the economy – you know, pieces that are missing to get this jump-started. So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.”
“Mitt is a person who cares,” she said. “That’s why we are running, because we care … he does not fail. As president of the United States, he will not fail.”
“That’s why we are running….” Does Ann believe she’ll be co-president?
In Vanity Fair’s article, The Dark Side of Mitt Romney, the author reported “Tagg said they called their mom ‘the great Mitt stabilizer.’”
Tagg cited taking a car trip where he enforced a no bathroom stops except when they needed gas rule on the boys, but when Ann said she needed a bathroom stop, he pulled over immediately. Per the Romney son’s, they’ve called Ann “Mitt’s Stabilizer” since they were very young. Why would children affix that tag to their mother if they did not see signs of a man out of control emotionally? They’ve also recounted stories about Mitt being “wound up” while on the campaign bus so Ann is called in to calm him. Ann then boards the bus and spends time alone with her husband, the boys claimed, and when she leaves, he’s calm again. They did not say how Ann calms him down. Just that it works. "He always gives in."
Ann has embraced the title of being Mitt’s “stabilizer.” She wears it proudly and has claimed "We are partners, true partners in every sense of the way. I don't think he could do it without me. I don't believe he could. I couldn't obviously be here without him either....We have a reason why we're running and it's because I believe in my heart that Mitt is going to save America, that economically we are in such difficult times and that he is the person that’s going to pull us through this."
Ann Romney describing why their sons call her “the Mitt stabilizer.” "I walk into a room and I'm happy then Mitt dumps everything on me and I have to calm him down and stabilize him."
CBS News reported another instance of Ann bragging about this role in Mitt’s life
The radio host also asked Romney about her sons' nickname for her: The Mitt Stabilizer.
"I have been known at times by my sons, that is the name that they call me - is the Mitt Stabilizer," said Romney. She explained: "Mitt can get very intense and I have the ability to kind of talk him off the rail sometimes."
Apparently his campaign staff believes that to be true. Tagg has also discussed this:
He counts on her. "I wish Ann, my wife, were here," he told an audience in Wisconsin on the eve of that state's primary. "She's going across the country and talking with women. We have work to do, to make sure we take our message to the women of America."
The Romney campaign tries not to keep the two apart, despite the demands of campaigning, usually in several states at once. "We don't want a situation where they're apart for three weeks," says Tagg Romney, the eldest of the five Romney sons. "You can tell when she's off the trail for too long; my dad has got some sharper edges. He's a little less patient. She'll say, 'Oh, don't sweat it. You don't need to worry about that.' And (that distracts) him."
A Politico article about the Romneys confirms his need to rely upon Ann to maintain his mental balance.
The Romney inner circle is well aware of Ann Romney’s potential - but has long resisted any strategy that would separate the couple for extended periods because of the negative impact it has on the candidate.
“I think you try to do both, but we don’t want a situation where they’re apart for three weeks,” Tagg Romney, the couple’s eldest son, said in an interview.
“You can tell when she’s off the trail for too long — my dad has got some sharper edges. He’s a little less patient. … She’ll say, ‘Oh, don’t sweat it, you don’t need to worry about that,’ and distract him. We always call her the dad stabilizer. He needs to be with her.”
Added a senior campaign official: “It’s something we weigh all the time. He’s just a better candidate when she’s around.”
… Romney insiders are reluctant to change the formula of keeping the couple together on the road: Her mere presence seems to calm the whole operation.
“She tamps down the commotion,” said Kevin Madden, who worked for Romney in 2008 and is now an adviser.
“She’s terribly important in that she is actually Mitt’s connection to the base,” said GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, who worked on Romney’s 2008 presidential effort. “His link to the base doesn’t come from ideology. It comes from family values channeled through Ann. She’s the authentic core of Romney’s conservative principles.”
Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, said that given “the central issue for the Romney campaign remains the candidate himself,” Ann Romney’s role in helping to define him is crucial….And in a primary season that has seen the GOP front-runner stumble, stagger and sometimes fall, Ann Romney has been invaluable, campaign aides say….“She is not a second-string player,” Castellanos said. “She’s got a lot of running room on her own.”
Tagg Romney, who’s shown a bit of aggression himself when he expressed a desire to hit Obama, described his father as being “terrified” before a debate.
The Daily Mail discussed Mitt’s reliance on Ann during the debates in their article following an interview with her.
An emotional Ann Romney has revealed the personal and private homage her husband Mitt will perform before his first presidential debate with Barack Obama this evening.
Tearing up, Ann Romney said that when the Republican candidate arrives at his podium, he will remove his watch, place it to one side and then simply write 'Dad' on a piece of paper in front of him to remember his late father and former Michigan governor George Romney.
Explaining that her husband does this each time he prepares to enter a political debate, Ann Romney said that the Republican candidate would then look out into the crowd for her, unable to feel secure unless he had caught her eye.
'And then he looks in the audience and he finds me. He has to find where I am.
'And– he just– he needs just that connection. And almost after every answer that he gives, he'll find me in the audience, to see, 'Was that good? Was that okay?'
“...unable to feel secure unless he had caught her eye…'And– he just– he needs just that connection. And almost after every answer that he gives, he'll find me in the audience, to see, 'Was that good? Was that okay?'“
Is Ann so emotionally needy she must play down’ her husband’s mental competency in order to place herself as the true power in the family? No matter how that question is answered, it does not bode well for America if Mitt is elected.
But those aren’t the only ways Ann portrays Mitt as mentally and emotionally unstable. When Mitt was in France on his Mormon mission (he only converted two people in two years), he was the driver in a head-on collision that killed the wife of his mission president and injured others, including himself.
…at the age of 21, he ended up behind the steering wheel of a stylish low-riding Citroën DS with the mission leader, his wife, and three others crammed into a car made for five people on a winding road in southwestern France. Another car, driven by a speeding priest, who by most accounts seemed drunk, struck Romney’s car head-on.
Police who arrived on the scene initially assumed that Romney was dead. A photo of him in the hospital later shows him with a cast on his arm and a black eye.) Tragically, the wife of the mission leader did die, and her injured husband departed France almost immediately.
The priest’s alleged inebriation could not be confirmed. Both Mitt and his mission president were unconscious. Mitt was taken to the hospital with a severe concussion to the frontal lobes of his brain and a broken arm. Here’s how Ann laughingly described what caused the accident while on The View:
We were separated for a very long time. We dated in high school and then he went to Stanford for a year and then he went on a mission for two and a half years. I didn’t see him really for like three and a half years and during that time I was, of course, dating other people and having fun, and sort of forgetting about Mitt a little bit too much. I think that really kind of hurt him, a lot. It nearly put him…I think it actually did put him in the hospital when he was in France….he was heartbroken.
Did she mean he was trying to commit suicide when he killed another person and endangered five others? If not, then what was she insinuating? And why was she laughing? But there are other questions here that needs answers:
Why would Mitt end up in the hospital over her dating other people? Is he that unstable – did he have a breakdown or was she making a joke about him being in the hospital for the injuries he suffered from the car accident, in which his passenger’s wife was killed? Neither is exactly a win.
Combining her allegations of the “reason” behind the auto accident with two other incidents from his youth -- one where he held down a fellow student and forcibly cut his long hair off because he was gay and another where he unlawfully donned a police uniform, used a police light and illegally pulled over drivers -- reveals a disturbing look at the youthful Romney.
There is also something quite disturbing about Ann’s insistence on talking about Mitt as mentally unstable while he‘s running for president -- which she insisted he had to do. So what is behind Ann’s assertion her husband should be president despite his inability to manage his own mental health? Could it be she fancies herself in power?
She sits in on strategy meetings, but whatever suggestions she has are offered in private to her husband. She's careful about public expectations of what a candidate's wife should be, a mate neither too traditional nor too hip.
She has an instinct for knowing when to speak and when to hold her tongue. "Sometimes when I hear criticism of my husband, I want to come out of my seat and clock somebody," she once said. "But you learn to take a deep breath." And save the passion for later.
Ann apparently believes she is in control of Mitt’s candidacy, so there is no reason she would not believe she would be in control of his presidency. She’s already decided what will happen if he loses.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife says her husband will not run again if this race doesn't turn out the way they hope.
Ann Romney told ABC's "The View" Thursday that it was "a very hard thing" to put her family through another White House bid after he lost the 2008 Republican primary. She said she agreed because she feels her husband can bring economic prosperity to America, but they "absolutely" will not do it again if he loses.
“..she agreed” to her husband running again? This seems to be another Romney who cannot keep her story straight. Mitt already spilled the beans that he only ran because she insisted. Since we know she’s lying about that and believes “you people” already have more information than we need, we should be as suspect of Ann’s motives as we are of Mitt’s mental capabilities.