I played a part of this interview with Radio Iowa today on the show but I want you to hear the whole thing. Her is an important message considering all that is at stake. Look, many of us have been critical of Romney over the years, and some of us had a different favorite early on. As you know, I’ve become more and more impressed with Romney and admire Mrs Romney a great deal. He’s the nominee and I think between us and his wife, he’ll be an excellent president.
But her message to GOP critics of her husband is important because if there was ever a time the GOP does not have the luxury of engaging in self-destructive behavior, it’s now. There’s a great deal at stake in this election beyond even the quality of our own private lives as Americans. This is an existential struggle, which as you can see from the last week, is a matter of life and death for so many. A weak America means nations will falter and slide into tyranny. It’s up to us, for our sake, and the sake of literally everyone else to not let this madness continue.
Via Iowa Radio: (Scroll to the bottom of this post for the audio).
During her remarks to the crowd this afternoon, Mrs. Romney said it is “really hard for me as a wife” to watch the campaign unfold. Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan recently wrote that it’s “time for an intervention” in the Romney campaign. William Kristol, a conservative who is the editor of The Weekly Standard magazine, used the words “arrogant and stupid” to describe Romney’s comments about the “47 percent” of Americans who won’t vote for him.
During an interview early this evening with Radio Iowa, Mrs. Romney directly addressed her fellow Republicans who’ve criticized her husband.
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”
The criticism and very public hand wringing from Republicans comes as national polls show the race between Romney and President Obama is essentially tied.
“It’s nonsense and the chattering class…you hear it and then you just let it go right by,” she told Radio Iowa. “…Honestly, at this point, I’m not surprised by anything.”
Romney said her role is to be supportive rather than to give her husband advice about the campaign.
“We call the rope line now the advice line,” she said, laughing, “…because everyone cares and everyone wants to help and everyone wants to just give their peace — a little piece of advice — so I feel like my best advice is just to bring peace and calm to him and just trust in him and just say, ‘I know you can do it,’ but not to give him any advice because it gets too overwhelming.”
Here’s the audio: