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Ann Romney shares powerful account of a second miscarriage, later that night delivers great speech lauding her husband, the new GOP presidential nominee

by | Aug 29, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Ann Romney gave a very well-received speech Tuesday night, talking about her husband, Mitt Romney

What a remarkable first day for the Republican National Convention, filled with pro-life speakers and the almost universally praised remarks of Ann Romney. There were a handful of exceptions, of course, such as Juan Williams, which only served to emphasize how even opponents of Gov. Romney conceded Mrs. Romney had done a fabulous job. (Mitt Romney officially became the GOP presidential nominee on Tuesday.)

Because we are on vacation, I was able to watch or listen to more convention speeches than ever before. That also included a moving excerpt from an interview the Romneys gave to CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley that ran on CBS this Morning. In that excerpt ,which ran just a little over three minutes, Mrs. Romney revealed that she had experienced a miscarriage in her forties (www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57501470/ann-romney-speaks-out-on-her-miscarriage-trauma/?tag=mncol;lst;2).

It was already known that Mrs. Romney had suffered one miscarriage. However she had not publicly talked about the baby she lost when she was in her forties.  Having gone through a particular operation a decade earlier, (Mrs. Romney has MS and has suffered from breast cancer), she said she was pretty much told she could never, ever have children again.

Referring to her youngest son, Craig, Mrs. Romney told Pelley, “You know, I [had] sort of told him, ‘I’m sorry, but that, you know, there’s no more children in our future.’ So, he was thrilled to death” when he was told about her pregnancy.

But in the middle of the night she sensed that she was losing the baby. She told her husband, “Mitt, you gotta take me to the hospital right now.” Before they left they told their sons, “Mommy is losing this baby.”

Mrs. Romney told Pelley

“I was home by the time [Craig] got home from school that afternoon. And he walked in the door, and he was about 10, 11 years old. And he fell on the floor and just burst into tears. And the poor little kid had been at school all day long holding this sorrow inside of him. And having no one to speak to, no one to comfort him, no one to explain what was going on.”

Romney consoled her son, saying that “‘You know, Craig, you know, you’re probably not going to have another little brother or little sister in your life, but you’ll have children of your own someday. And, you know, this little hole will be filled by that.’”

Craig “married a woman who had younger, much younger brothers,” Ann Romney continued. “And when I saw Craig playing with those younger brothers, I thought to myself, ‘Isn’t life interesting. He got those little brothers. He had to just wait a while. And it was just a poignant moment for me to see how sometimes our sorrows can turn to joy.”

Pelley said he thought Mitt Romney looked surprised. “I hadn’t heard the story about Craig coming home from school that day and being so devastated,” Romney said. “I’m not surprised. He’s a very tender heart and a wonderful father today himself.”

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