TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Ann Romney is sharing with her fellow Republicans and the nation the family side of the man she met at a high school dance more than four decades ago. She says she wants to talk from the heart about her husband, Mitt Romney.
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Making her national debut in a speech to the Republican National Convention, Mrs. Romney is offering a different glimpse of her husband, who can come across as stiff to voters.
She is speaking about their 43 years of marriage, and how they have stood together through tough times, including her battles with muscular sclerosis and breast cancer, while raising five sons and now enjoying 18 grandchildren.
With her husband listening from back stage, she is telling a cheering audience that theirs is not a storybook marriage but a real marriage.
At the end of her speech, Mitt Romney made his first appearance at the RNC, showing up on stage to hug and kiss his wife.
Romney strode quickly across the large podium to stand at her side, prompting a roar and loud cheers from convention participants Tuesday night. He watched his wife's speech from the green room back stage in the convention hall.
After the speech, Romney and his wife moved to the box situated on the convention floor, where they joined family to watch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie address the convention.
Romney was nominated earlier in the evening. He gives his acceptance speech Thursday night.
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