Ann Romney entered the Tampa Bay Times Forum to thunderous applause and cheers. Her speech focused on the strengths exemplified in mothers — working or no — and their efforts not just in holding the home together but holding the country together. Her speech was a stark contrast to the left’s demonizing portrayal of Republican women.

“It’s the moms who’ve always had to work a little hard to make everything right,” she remarked, “It’s the the moms who hold this country together.”

Her message was one of empowerment, not victimhood. She opened by asking for prayers for those in Tropical Storm Issac’s path, then launched into a shot against the rhetoric of “war on women” from the Obama campaign.

She received a standing ovation when she asked: “A storybook marriage? Not at all. Mitt and I have a real marriage.”

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