- Campaign Videos (August 2012) « Romney for President
Romney for President
[Music] Mitt Romney: I'm a guy who believes in the vision of the Founding Fathers. I believe this is the land of opportunity. I believe if we restore the principle of hope and opportunity and give everyone a fair chance, you're going to see this country come roaring back.
cheers, fireworks, skates on ice, chants "U.S.A., U.S.A.," more
Ann Romney: You can never
predict what kind of tough decisions are going to come in front of a
president's desk. And if you really want to know how a person
will operate, look at how they've lived their life.
Dan Jansen, Olympic Speed Skater:
were asking me about what's going on with what happened with the
scandal and what my opinion is of if we can pull this thing off.
And I said, yeah, it's going to be just fine. They said, how do
you know? I said, because I just met Mitt Romney.
Mike Eruzione, Olympic Hockey
Captain: People were afraid, people were thinking that somthing
terrible could happen. After 9-11, the way we looked at these
events changed drastically. More so than any Olympic games, the
world really watching this one. How was the United States going
to respond? Could they put on an Olympic Games?
Mitt Romney: It was worse
than I had expected. I thought the Salt Lake turnaround was just
a public relations turnaround. Instead it turned out to be a
financial turnaround and a governmental turnaround.
Unidentified Male Voiceover:
was not a figurehead. He was not only running this show, but
he was out there speaking to the people and showing them through his
words, through his actions, what the Olympics could mean to the United
Ann Romney: When I was
diagnosed with multiple sclerosis both of us just dissolved in tears.
Mitt Romney: Probably the
toughest time in my life was, was standing there with Ann as we hugged
each other and the diagnosis came.
Ann Romney: I was very,
very ill. I don't know if people knew how sick I was. I was
frightened, he was frightened, but I needed him desperately.
Mitt Romney: Look, I'm
happy in life as long as I've got my soulmate with me.
Ann Romney: Mitt decided
that he was going to honor heroes throughout the country, and that the
torch we lighted was going to be all about heroes, and Mitt chose me as
was in you know in jeopardy, and I was like as vulnerable as a
person could be, and I trust Mitt, I trust him with my life.
Mitt Romney: Ah, she's
gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful.
I can't explain love. I don't know why it happens. I
don't know why it endures the way it does.
at the very beginning, I sat with her, chatted with her, put my
arm around her, and you know something changed.
Ann Romney: My 16th
birthday party was when Mitt and I really became sort of an item.
Mitt helped plan it. It was just sort of the beginning of our
romance. [In] 1968 he flew into the Detroit airport right before
Christmas. Of course his mother is like had her arms, and he runs
right by her and grabs me.
Mitt Romney: On the car
ride home from the airport, I turned to Ann and said, I feel like I've
never been away. And she said, I feel the same way.
Ann Romney: So by the time
we got home, we got out of the car and we tell everybody, well we're
getting married, like next week. We compromised and waited until
[Home movie] Mitt Romney: Sweet baby. Ann Romney: Sweet baby.
Ann Romney: I could do okay
when I had the two.
Son: My brother and I, Matt, fought a lot.
Ann Romney: Three not bad. Four it got, it got to be a little much.
Nat. sound from home movie. ..."Ben.."
Son: Oh my gosh, very rambunctious.
Nat. sound from home movie. Ann:...I do not want you putting the water on the mud...
Ann Romney: And then with the fifth one, and Craig was my most active child. He was a handful.
Nat. sound from home movie. Mitt:...Craigie, hi. Oh Craig don't squirt me.
Tagg Romney: I remember my mom was always begging for us to be quiet. Please can I have quiet in this house.
Josh Romney: We could bend
a lot of rules and get into a lot of trouble; we could never, ever say
anything bad about mom.
Mitt Romney: I travelled a
good deal in my early career. I would call Ann and I could hear
the boys in the background, and she might be a little
exasperated. And I said, Ann, don't forget what you're doing is
more important that what I'm doing.
Ann Romney: I hate to say
it, but often I had more than five sons; I had six sons.
Nat. sound from home movie. Mitt:...How are you doing knucklesnorts.
Unidentified Son (voiceover):
He was really playful...
Nat. sound from home movie
(kitchen scene). Son:
Ann Romney: Mitt would walk
in the door after work, leave the briefcase at the door. That was
it; [he] never thought about work again until he left in the morning.
Matt Romney: We just felt
like we were the most important thing in his life.
Unidentified Son (voiceover): I went to
mom if I ever needed money becuase you never went to dad; he was way to
Unidentified Son: My dad didn't have the
right bulb, so he replaced it just with whatever bulb he had. The
problem is it sticks out way too far and blinds you as you cook.
So he just solved that with some tin foil and duct tape.
George Romney: I've been
poor. I've worked from the time I was 12. I know what
poverty is and I've been up through it.
Ann Romney (voiceover): For
Mitt, I think he idealized his father. He really was his hero.
Mitt Romney (mostly voiceover):
In the summer my dad used to pack up our family and take us to the
great national parks. It was during those trops that I fell in
love with America.
was born in Mexico. His parents and grand parents had moved to
Mexico; they were refugees from a revolution.
remember Ann asking my dad what was the most meaningful accomplishment
of your life. And without hesitation he said the greatest
accomplishment of my life ws having raised you four kids.
me he fell in love young. Family for my mom and dad was
dad worked for his dad. He was a drywall guy. Back then
they called it lathe-and-plaster. And he could put nails in his
mouth and spit them out pointy end forward.
grew up watching my dad lead.
George Romney: Look I'm in
public life today because I'm concerned America; I'm concerned about
what's happening to America.
Mitt Romney: If he felt
some way about a particular issue, there was no question in your mind
about how he felt. Friends called him the brick because he was
let me tag along in some very unusual settings.
Home movie clip: George Romney: What's the
best car on the road? Mitt
Mitt Romney: I didn't
realize that he was giving me an experience that was more helpful from
a leadership standpoint than anything I learned in school.
Mitt Romney (old footage):
Staples I think is a good example of where Bain & Company can
support the management of an excellent company.
Tom Stemberg, Founder, Staples:
What was special about Mitt is he understood what was behind the
numbers. And what's behind the numbers was great people.
Ed Albertian, Former Head of
Operations, Staples: Mitt Romney valued every employee. He
made it a point to let us know that every employee was critical to the
success of Staples.
Tom Stemberg, Founder, Staples:
anybody want to save on envelopes and file folders? Mitt is a
cheap son of a gun, and if he could save 50 cents on paper clips he'd
drive a mile to do it.
Ed Albertian, Former Head of
Operations, Staples: [inaud.] ... bring jobs back to this
country. If you ask me why? Because I've seen him do it
Scott Sperling, Investor:
He was dealing with the fundamental problems that companies
confront. He was dealing with them in a way that allowed them to
grow, to add jobs, to build factories.
Tom Stemberg, Founder, Staples:
Romney (clip from speech): When I became governor of Massachusetts I took the skills I'd learned in business and went to look at our state budget. We were about three billion dollars out of balance.
Edmonds, Cabinet Member: I'll never forget the first Cabinet
meeting. The governor asked one of his assistants to bring out a
list of campaign promises. Now there were something like 44
campaign promises. The governor said by the end of this
administration we're going to go right down this check list and keep
each and every promise that was made. And I said, he's different.
(clip from speech): I actually cut spending dollars in
Massachusetts, and we balanced our budget and went from a $3 billion
budget gap in my first year to [an] over $2 billion rainy day fund.
voiceover: When he came into office we were in fiscal crisis;
when he came out we were on a much more solid footing.
Romney: His whole life has brought him to this point of being
able to have the skills and the experience to be able to tackle
something as difficult as this, as turning this country around.
Mitt Romney is in this race I believe not just for himself; he's in it to improve the lives of the American people.
He's an extraordinary chief executive
officer. I know he understands the economy.
He's uniquely qualified to get our economy moving
He's not a stuffed shirt guy...
He is rock solid.
His values are so strong.
He's a man of faith.
He cares about the lives of those with voices that
An amazing humble man.
I think he has a great deal of pride and love for
He finds a way of turning adversity into
He knows he's one of the only guys that can do
what it's going to take to turn this country around.
TEXT ON SCREEN: "Great moments are born
from great opportunity." - Coach Herb Brooks (August 5, 1937 - August
Romney: I will devote every waking hour of my energy to getting
America strong again.
That's what an American president has to do.
[Chants U.S.A., U.S.A.]
Notes: The video has seven segments plus an introduction
and conclusion: Olympics, Ann Romney's MS, romancing Ann, raising a
family, on his father, business career as exemplified by Staples, and
his term as governor. One of the best moments, which brought a
lot of laughter from the convention delegates, was the light bulb