Ann Romney: Mitt's 'a can-do kind of guy'

The Romney campaign has dispatched the prospective first lady to appeal to female voters on the campaign trail, and she spoke directly to women in the critical battleground state on Wednesday, saying that they are struggling in the economy right now "more than the men are."

"Women, you need to wake up," she urged them. "Women have to ask themselves who's going to have and be there for you. I can promise you, I know, that Mitt will be there for you. He will stand up for you, he will hear your voices."

She also spoke about the difficulties she and Mitt Romney have faced, pushing back on the narrative that they've led a "charmed life" and promising the crowd that she has been in a "dark place" and knows what it's like to face challenges. She also briefly touched on how hard running for office can be on the family. 

"We aren't running to make our lives better," she told the crowd. "We're running for you."

Her speech was interrupted by several chants of "Mitt" and once by a chant of "We love Ann" responding to a reference in her speech to Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who dismissed Ann Romney last April as someone who had "never worked a day in her life."

"I love the women of America. We've come a long way baby, we really have," Ann Romney said. "We work harder than most of you guys out there, I think you know that. Our work is never done. I think you kind of know that I work hard too, even though I've been told that I haven't."

Ann Romney's stump speech now includes several elements of her speech to the Republican National Convention last week, including her promise that Mitt Romney "will work harder than anyone" to "turn around" the country and "will not fail."

"This is the first time in [our country's history] that people are saying the next generation will not be better off," she said. "That will not the be way it is if we elect Mitt Romney in November."

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