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Ann Romney Booked to Speak at Family Research Council's 'Values Voter Summit'

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Ann Romney has joined the list of speakers at the Values Voter Summit this weekend, Josh Glasstetter at Right Wing Watch reports:

It’s an odd move by the Romney campaign. They’ve previously deployed her to show the softer side of Mitt. Now they’re sending her to stand on stage with a man who paid $83,000 to use David Duke’s mailing list and addressed a white supremacist group while in public office. The same person – Tony Perkins – also praised a law in Uganda to execute gays and warned senators they would have “the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands” if they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
 
The Romney campaign must have its reasons, but it sure seems like an odd way to deploy Ann Romney. They already have Paul Ryan scheduled to address the conference. Do they really need two headliners reaching out to the Bachmann-Akin wing of the party? Besides, just last week Ann Romney refused to answer questions about same-sex marriage and contraception, dismissing them as distractions "from what the real voting issue is going to be."

Earlier today, a coalition of groups called on public officials speaking at the Summit to back out because of the Family Research Council's hateful rhetoric toward LGBT people. Also sponsoring the event are the American Family Association (another SPLC-designated hate group), and the Liberty Counsel.

UPDATE: Apparently the Romney appearance was wishful thinking on the part of the VVS.

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  1. this will be a must watch speech, for those with the stomach for it.

    Addressing this group she has no choice but to declare herself anti-gay or tap dance around the issue and invite the evangelical bigots wrath.

    Posted by: mikenola | Sep 11, 2012 6:35:31 PM


  2. Wonder how GOProud and LCR will spin this. Remember, this election is only about the economy and has nothing to do with culture war garbage, at least according to those distinguished conservative homosexuals.

    Posted by: jht | Sep 11, 2012 6:36:34 PM


  3. Wonder how GOProud and LCR will spin this. Remember, this election is only about the economy and has nothing to do with culture war garbage, at least according to those distinguished conservative homosexuals.

    Posted by: jht | Sep 11, 2012 6:36:36 PM


  4. It has never once yet happened that I heard a news item about Ann Wrongmoney and then thought "Oh gee; I like her better now."

    Posted by: Scott Rose | Sep 11, 2012 6:57:56 PM


  5. What is Ann Romney going to speak about? The loveliness of Mormon polygamy?

    Ann, darling, let me give you some advice: you're being exploited, and you're being made to look like a fool.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 11, 2012 7:04:17 PM


  6. The only values the Romneys have are in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

    Posted by: Charlie-o | Sep 11, 2012 7:19:19 PM


  7. OMeffenGodandGoddess!

    I'm getting whiplash watching these people scramble!

    She literally not a week ago said this was a distraction...now they are telling her to distract the voters?

    Truly...my head hurts!

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 11, 2012 8:49:10 PM


  8. OMeffenGodandGoddess!

    I'm getting whiplash watching these people scramble!

    She literally not a week ago said this was a distraction...now they are telling her to distract the voters?

    Truly...my head hurts!

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 11, 2012 8:49:15 PM


  9. Oh, the irony. If only they had real values. You know the kind that includes love, morality, and peace. They see those kinds of values through a dark glass and claim their dark values as normal.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Sep 11, 2012 8:55:22 PM


  10. AR talking to a bunch of Christians who believe she is a member of a cult-priceless-you couldn't make this up.
    Maybe Mrs. Robme is going to explain Mormon doctrine to the unwashed..... (not gonna happen)

    Posted by: nick | Sep 11, 2012 9:10:57 PM


  11. As the great Dorothy Parker once said: If you want to know what God thinks about money, just look at the people he gives it to.

    Posted by: arrant | Sep 11, 2012 9:58:33 PM


  12. The poll numbers in the swing states and with Evangelical Christians show Romney behind Obama. No Republican in the past 30 years has won the Presidency without the Evangelicals support. The comments seem to miss the point that this election is a matter of life and death. Eva Romney,I mean Ann,is just playing her part in the 2012 version of,The Producers. "It's springtime for Romney and America." Sieg Heil! Fools.

    Posted by: David | Sep 11, 2012 10:01:10 PM


  13. Oh, now this oughta be good!

    Little Mrs Mormon speaking to the Christian Right about "values," when none of them has any. Every time she opens her mouth she sticks a diamond encrusted foot in it, referring to working mothers as "those people," suggesting that she knows what it's like to struggle financially because they actually had to SELL STOCKS (Oh heavens, the trauma!) given them by Mitt's father, etc.

    And that's all beside the fact that she is a member of a church evangelicals firmly (rightly) believe is a cult, based around a SEQUEL to the Bible written by a convicted con-man in the 1850s so he could *ahem* "marry" multiple very young women.

    Even if her appearance goes well it's not going to help Romney much and the chances of it going well are very very slim.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 11, 2012 10:18:15 PM


  14. What kind of deodorant does one use to cover the smell of desperation? (probably something expensive)

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 11, 2012 11:39:15 PM


  15. @ CALIBAN: can I offer some refinement? Most religions, and definitely including xian evangelism, are cults. They threaten apostates with shunning and eternal damnation. That's abuse.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 12, 2012 1:40:58 AM


  16. "Hey, were not doing so well with the independents so we better double down on the ultra-conservative Trinitarians to get out the vote. You know, 20% of Evangelicals say they will not vote for us when they find out we are Mormons."

    Posted by: Gus | Sep 12, 2012 3:47:55 AM


  17. This bitter, bleach-blonde piece of crap is acting uglier by the minute. She seems more homophobic than even her husband, which is saying something.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Sep 12, 2012 6:38:26 AM


  18. Romney knows he is losing his appeal to the sensible voters, so now he is trying harder to court the right-wing nutjobs in order to get votes. Which will only result in his alienating himself further from the rest of the voters. Not too bright.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 12, 2012 7:55:23 AM


  19. Apparently the Romney campaign has now back-tracked and Ann is no longer scheduled to appear. This is the bit THAT I LOVE from the Buzzfeed article:

    "Mrs. Romney is not scheduled to attend VVS this weekend. To my knowledge, it has not been on our schedule," said Sarah Haley, a campaign spokesperson.

    Notice how they never denied that she was once scheduled to appear? Ah, the technique of Plausible Deniability, in use again! It's as if one of the Bush clan is running once more! LOL.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 12, 2012 8:32:27 AM


  20. Apparently the Romney campaign has now back-tracked and Ann is no longer scheduled to appear. This is the bit THAT I LOVE from the Buzzfeed article:

    "Mrs. Romney is not scheduled to attend VVS this weekend. To my knowledge, it has not been on our schedule," said Sarah Haley, a campaign spokesperson.

    Notice how they never denied that she was once scheduled to appear? Ah, the technique of Plausible Deniability, in use again! It's as if one of the Bush clan is running once more! LOL.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 12, 2012 8:32:30 AM


  21. It's a shame that Mrs. Romney is being used as a surrogate to satisfy the far right but her opinions are important. After all, if she becomes First Lady, she has the President's ear more than most of his advisers. I predict she will give a gauzy, soft-spoken, unspecific speech on "family values", perhaps the most overused phrase in modern politics and will then refer back to her speech when questioned later.

    Posted by: DavidHNYC | Sep 12, 2012 10:17:49 AM


  22. I am attending the Value Voters Summit and I do not hate anyone.
    I am a retired teacher and I support the Republican agenda of
    getting the budget under control. You may disagree with me on where I stand on homosexual marriage, but please stop with the name calling. I do not call you names and you should not label me a hater. I have a different opinion than you that is what America is about. You should not try to silence free speech just because you disagree. And please separate the stance on gay marriage from that of not liking gays. It is possible to be against gay marriage and not against gay people.

    Posted by: Donna | Sep 12, 2012 12:14:00 PM


  23. @Donna: "I am attending the Value Voters Summit and I do not hate anyone."

    The SPLC and a coalition of human rights organizations have sent a strong letter to public officials. The basic message is "Public officials should not lend the prestige of their office to groups that spread demeaning and false propaganda about other people."

    While *you* may not hate anyone, why are you attending a gathering sponsored by SPLC-designated hate groups - especially around LGBT issues?"

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 13, 2012 10:01:09 AM


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