The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

August 21, 2012


By Bridget Huckabee for the SNAP

Tuesday, August, 21, 2012 — As the Republican convention gets under way, Gov. Mitt Romney and his

wife, Ann, sit down with PARADE contributor Lynn Sherr at their Lake

Winnipesaukee home in New Hampshire to reflect on the campaign, the

controversies, and the challenges ahead. In this Sunday’s issue, the

candidate and his wife also answer some very pragmatic questions

from PARADE readers about Romney’s wealth and how he would have voters’

backs if elected president.

Here are some highlights from the PARADE interview

Governor Romney addresses a PARADE reader question on how he can

identify with folks “trying to scrape by, living on food stamps”:

*MITT ROMNEY: Each of us faces struggles of one kind or another.

Our life was not characterized by financial stress as much as it was by

health issues. I served as a pastor of a congregation and saw people

with various challenges and did my best to help them. I believe my

experience in the private sector, the voluntary sector, and government

has helped teach me what it takes to help people with different types of


The Romneys on tithing [the Mormon practice of giving 10 percent of

one’s income to the church:

ANN ROMNEY:I love tithing. When Mitt and I give that check, I

actually cry.

MR: So do I, but for a different reason. …

Our church doesn’t publish how much people have given. This is done

entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial

information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended

our contributions to be known. It’s a very personal thing between

ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church. /

Governor Romney on what he admires about President Obama’s White House:

MR:I think the Obamas have done a nice job of welcoming various

artists and having people come enjoy the White House. I also think, by

the way, that having two children in the White House is a good thing. I

hope, if we are lucky enough to be there, our grandchildren could come

on occasion.

Governor Romney answers a reader question about whether he has “ever

felt like a loser”:

MR: I define myself by my relationship with God, my wife, and my

family. And in those relationships, I’m not a loser. I don’t worry about

what happens in politics and the opinions of others, or I’d lose my hair!

Governor Romney responds to a reader question on whether he would bank

in the United States if elected:

MR: My investments have been////managed for almost the last 10 years

by a blind trust. A trustee decides where to put our money. If I’m

president, my understanding is the same principle applies, that I may

not direct any of my investments. I can’t tell you what my investments

might be because I won’t make them. But I’m happy to have every

investment in the United States.

On how the candidate and his wife picture the****Republican Party post


AR: United.

MR: We’re united now. You go and ask people who voted for John

McCain: “Are you thinking of voting for anyone other than Mitt Romney?”

And you will have a very hard time finding someone who’s thinking of

voting in a different direction. … We go to the convention with high

hopes. There’s a lot of enthusiasm for new leadership.