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Ann Romney speaks in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -- Its been a rough week for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

His poll numbers are dropping in key swing states like Wisconsin, after the leak of that hidden video, in which he tells rich donors that 47 percent of Americans see themselves as victims.

But Ann Romney says that's not how her husband really feels.

Speaking at Marquette University on Tuesday, Ann Romney portrayed her husband as a caring, thoughtful person, clearly trying to repair his image after the damage caused by that leaked video.  

"Do you know what I think, I think we can carry Wisconsin," Mrs. Romney exclaimed to the cheering crowd.

Still optimistic, she is trying to convince voters and the media that her husband doesn't simply disregard half of all Americans.

"If you really listen to the full 49 minutes (of the video) you get the context of it, and understand that, of course we understand that there are gonna be people who are not gonna vote for us, but, we also know that 100 percent of  Americans will be better off if Mitt wins," said Mrs. Romney in an interview with 27 News.

After telling the crowd a few personal stories about her husband to soften his image, Ann Romney then targeted the voters he desperately needs to improve his numbers with before its too late.

"I know we need to have women out there understand, that Mitt is a person who cares," Romney told the crowd.

The former Massachusetts Governor trails President Obama by double digits among female voters in every swing state.

And now, Romney's losing independents in states like Wisconsin, where an average of recent polls show him down by seven points here.

"You know, the polls will jump up and down.  You also saw in Wisconsin, that it was a tough race for Scott Walker, it ended up not being," said Mrs. Romney.  "We are so convinced Mitt is the right person at the right time for this economy for this nation at this moment, that those things will come to where they need to be so we're very competitive and even hope to win here in Wisconsin.

But whether or not we see Ann Romney again in Wisconsin this fall could depend largely on whether or not those poll numbers among women improve.

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MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -- Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, took the stage at a Women for Romney event in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker introduced Romney at Thursday's event at Marquette University.

Before Walker and Romney took the stage, Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch spoke on behalf of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Romney addressed the importance of the November 6 election. She says Wisconsin voters need to make sure they vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on election day.

Romney spoke on her husband's character and says she is tired of hearing stories about her husband being a heartless man who only cares about profits.

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MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -- Ann Romney will be in Wisconsin on Thursday.

She will try to rally Republican support at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The event is slated to begin two hours later.

The visit underscores again how Wisconsin has become a key battleground state in the November election. Her husband's running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, hails from Janesville and held a campaign event near Green Bay last week. Vice President Joe Biden has visited the state twice in the last month. President Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee Saturday.

WKOW will bring you full details of her appearance Thursday night on 27 News at 5, 6 and 10.

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