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Ann Romney Takes On the Media

Ann Romney is frustrated by the media’s depiction of her husband — and on Sunday, she hinted that some reporters should stop getting access to the campaign bus. From my piece on Mitt Romney’s Michigan campaign today:

At that luncheon, Ann Romney also complains about the media treatment of her husband. “All of us in this room know the media loves Barack Obama. They don’t want anyone who has a chance of defeating him,” she says.

Speaking openly about how it was “getting harder and harder to be cheerful,” she laughingly says, “I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.”

I didn’t have room in my piece to include most of what Ann Romney said at that luncheon, but she was her usual charming self, sharing family anecdotes and revealing a strong sense of humor. Her “greatest joy as a grandmother,” she quipped, was seeing her grandkids “misbehave,” something she viewed as “justice.” And, as she often does on the stump, she told how Mitt, after she had said that she would never do a presidential campaign again after 2008, told her she had sung a similar tune after every pregnancy. (The Romneys have five sons.) Ann Romney was doing this particular event solo, but when she does events with Mitt, generally giving him a brief introduction, he really does come off as more relaxed and appealing than usual.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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