President Obama did not watch the Republican National Convention speeches last night, but his campaign acknowledged that Ann Romney — a key weapon in her husband’s outreach to women — turned in a “very effective” performance.
“She gave a speech about her relationship with her husband, the strength of her marriage, the love… she has for her husband, and did a great job doing that and it was very effective,” said Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki, according to the pool report. “We’ll leave it to the voters and the viewers to decide what their thoughts are on the ticket.”
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell also gave Mrs. Romney high marks. “Inside the hall, it was absolutely powerful,” Mitchell said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today. “Women — some women [had] tears streaming down their faces.”
As in her convention speech, Mrs. Romney has worked throughout the campaign to bridge the gap between her husband and female voters, who historically favor Democratic candidates and prefer Obama to Romney.
“Women are talking about jobs, women are talking about deficit spending,” Ann Romney said in March. “Thank you, women. We need you. We all need you in November, too. We have to remember why we’re upset and what we’ve got to do to fix things.”