ann romney http://michiganradio.org en Ann Romney gushes love for Michigan, praises Paul Ryan's debate performance http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-romney-gushes-love-michigan-praises-paul-ryans-debate-performance <p>Ann Romney is making stops across Michigan Friday. The wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney started early at conference center in Hudsonville, just outside of Grand Rapids.</p><p>Ann Romney has been doing a lot of campaigning for her husband. So she says she made one “special request” of planners; “Will you please send me to Michigan?”</p><p>Standing in front of a “Women for Mitt” banner, Ann Romney held up her hand, pointed to her hometown and confessed her love for the state.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:27:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9465 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Romney gushes love for Michigan, praises Paul Ryan's debate performance Politics and the campaign spouse; when partners become an issue http://michiganradio.org/post/politics-and-campaign-spouse-when-partners-become-issue <p>This week on <em>It’s Just Politics</em> we’re talking political spouses.</p><p>There’s a whole lot of politics behind the role of spouses in campaigns. Just this week we saw Ann Romney speak about her husband, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, at the Republican National Convention. Over and over again we heard that her job was to “humanize” him. And, she got generally good reviews for the speech.</p><p>But this business of where spouses fit into campaigns and political strategies is a tricky game. Campaigns want to get a candidate’s significant other - presumably the person who knows the candidate like no one else - out there, in the public, making a case for their partner.</p><p><strong>Double-edged Sword</strong></p><p>But, spouses can also easily become involved in controversies. Opponents, for example, tried to use Michelle Bachmann’s husband and his counseling of gay people on how they can become straight as a campaign issue. And, just a few months ago, one of President Obama’s political advisors, Hilary Rosen, made a comment about how Ann Romney has never worked a, “day in her life.” That comment poked a serious hornet’s nest.&nbsp; It would seem that there are just certain things you can say about a candidate that you cannot say about their spouse.</p><p>There was the infamous question from the 1988 presidential campaign when debate moderator Bernard Shaw asked Governor Michael Dukakis, “Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?”</p><p>Many argued that it was Governor Dukakis’ passionless answer to this controversial question about his wife that cost him the election.&nbsp; But, others, to do this day, argue that the question was totally out of line.</p><p>In 1992, Bill Clinton went on the attack during a primary against critics of Hillary Clinton telling California Governor Jerry Brown, “I don’t care what you say about me. But, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife.”</p><p><strong>Johnson vs. Rendon</strong></p><p>All of this, brings us to the race in the 103<sup>rd</sup> state House district in northern Michigan, where Democratic challenger Lon Johnson is trying to unseat first-term Republican incumbent Bruce Rendon. Representative Rendon sent out a fundraising letter that calls attention to the fact that Johnson’s wife is Julianna Smoot. Smoot is one of the people running President Obama’s reelection campaign, and a superstar of Democratic politics. The letter points out the connections the couple has to prominent national Democrats, including some wealthy donors, and devotes a couple of paragraphs to Smoot. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:31:01 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 8905 at http://michiganradio.org Politics and the campaign spouse; when partners become an issue Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?) http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-women-liked-what-ann-romney-had-say-about-her-husband-will-it-sway-others <p>Michigan's female delegates to the Republican National Convention not surprisingly give high marks to Ann Romney for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160216442/transcript-ann-romneys-convention-speech">her speech</a> last night.</p><p></p><p>Now the focus shifts to her husband Mitt, to see if he can build support among women voters. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:03:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 8860 at http://michiganradio.org Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?)