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First Lady in Waiting?

29 August 2012

Ann Romney at podium (AP Images)

The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, tells the delegates to the Republican National Convention that her husband "will not let us down."

Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, addressed the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28.

“This man will not let us down,” she told attendees and a nationwide television audience.

In U.S. politics, spouses play an important role on the campaign trail, in part because they frequently are viewed as more approachable and accessible than their candidate partners. Speaking at rallies, attending fundraisers and participating in community service projects, candidates’ spouses will carry out a grueling schedule of events between now and Election Day.

News media commentators and pundits frequently described Ann Romney’s mission at the convention as one of “humanizing” her husband by showcasing his personal qualities and highlighting positive character traits.