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NMX: Cardenas Says Ann Hit It Out of the Park

By Henry J. Reske and John Bachman   |   Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 11:24 AM

Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt, hit one out of the park last night when she spoke at the Republican National Convention, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas tells Newsmax.TV.

“I thought she hit it out of the ballpark as we say in baseball vernacular,” Cardenas told Newsmax in an interview in Tampa. “You know you kind of close your eyes and you say to yourself, ‘This is something that people are going to remember for a while to come.’ And her speech was. I thought it was a memorable speech, one of the best given speeches about someone’s persona, personal life.

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“It was given in good taste. It wasn’t too mushy and it wasn’t distant. It was right on the sweet spot. I think when she finished people knew a lot more about she, about Mitt, about their family, about what they’re all about, about their sense of values. And more importantly, the confidence she has that her husband can lead America in the right path and that all came across very well.”

Ann Romney’s speech, along with others from GOP women, should help close the gender gap between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

“Well we’ll learn a lot more next week but remember it’s been, obviously this had the exclamation point this speech and will certainly guide public opinion more than any other,” he said. “But look, Governor Nikki Haley did a great job last night, Susana Martinez the governor of New Mexico will speak this evening. We had some great female speakers yesterday and I think the collective effort of that as well as her exclamation point speech will help us move that needle.”

Cardenas also predicted that America will “fall in love” with vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.

“The inside crowd, us, love the pick,” he said. “But America at large doesn’t know Paul Ryan. He comes from a rural district in the state of Wisconsin, known by us but certainly not known by America at large. They may have read about his budget work but they really don’t know this young man as we do. And this will be the first opportunity for America to get to see Paul Ryan and I believe they’re going to fall in love with this guy.

“I mean, a young, 42 year old, smart yet you know simple guy, you lived the life of the average American. Dad died at a young age. Mom basically, he helped mom keep the family together. Grandma lived at home when she was very sick. The kind of fellow next door you’d like to date your daughter. And I think it will come across tonight. America will fall in love with this ticket.”

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