"Give or take ten million."
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EPUBLICAN presidential nominee Mitt Romney was introduced to the convention delegates in Tampa Tuesday night by his biggest fan, wife Ann Romney, who gave her husband a ringing endorsement as "the best presidential candidate money can buy."
Praising her husband as "kind, loving, and deeply loaded," Mrs. Romney told an appreciative audience the story of her mother's sage advice on matters of love.
"Mom told me that it was just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one, and she was right. In fact, it was easier," recalled Mrs. Romney.
The wife of the Republican nominee then spoke to the delegates about her courtship with "Mr. Moneybags," her fond nickname for Romney.
"Mitt was so gallant," Ann Romney recalled. "He would send his driver for me at my parent's home, and then escort me up the steps into his private jet. It wasn't long after our first flight together that I could see two or three houses in our future, and maybe a few children, too."
Mrs. Romney then went on to recount some tougher times early in their marriage. Visibly near tears, she recalled "the day Mitt told me we'd have to sell our villa in Provence. I prayed for the Lord to carry us through," she said.
"It took time, but three years later we were able to buy back our home and fire the staff," said Mrs. Romney. "The Lord works in mysterious ways, but Mitt always turns a profit in the end."
Passionately attesting to Romney's "fiscal responsibility with our family's budget," Mrs. Romney said emphatically, "Give or take ten million, my husband knows the value of a billion dollars!" At this the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
In closing, Ann Romney told the audience her husband was "one of most loyal, trustworthy people I've ever known in my life.
"Whether you're a humble millionaire or one of his donors," she said, "Mitt will never betray his fellow Americans!"
© 8.30.12 Kate Heidel