Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Ann Romney

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What would be your signature issue as First Lady?

"The greatest advantage of being First Lady is the opportunity it presents to truly make a difference on issues of great importance. As First Lady of Massachusetts, I served as the Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a position I was well-suited for due to my involvement with community and faith-based organizations.

"If I have the privilege of serving as First Lady, I'd like to continue much of the same work I've been doing for years. Multiple Sclerosis is obviously close to my heart and I'm determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease by raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research. I'd also focus on helping at-risk youth to make the right choices in life."

Who is your First Lady role model?

"I have a great deal of respect and admiration for our current and former First Ladies. For example, Laura Bush is an admired First Lady in large part because of her efforts to promote reading and the rights of women abroad.

"If I were to choose a First Lady I relate to the most, it would have to be Barbara Bush. As Mitt likes to say, I'm the CFO (Chief Family Officer) of the Romney household and I think Barbara Bush was much the same. In her biography, she says that she was the family linchpin, providing everything from discipline to carpools. Her efforts as the Vice President's wife, First Lady and now as a former First Lady to bring national attention to illiteracy in America are to be admired."

What do you like most about the campaign trail?

"Some of my favorite memories have been while traveling with Mitt over the past few months. We've traveled to places we may not have otherwise traveled to if not for the campaign and have met so many amazing people. During these visits, we hear stories of happiness and stories of struggle. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, and I am continually amazed by the level of support I receive from individuals across the country. At the end of each stop, I am reminded of how great America is.

"I've also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time on the campaign trail with our five sons, five daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren."
What's the one TV show you and your spouse try not to miss?

"The campaign schedule usually doesn't give us much time to watch TV, but we do set our TiVo so we can catch up on Lost and Grey's Anatomy whenever we are home."