Sunday, November 4, 2012

First Lady Maureen McDonnell urges Virginians to Vote

The following is a release from Virginia's First Lady Maureen McDonnell:

"Between now and Tuesday, you will likely receive many reminders to vote, to ask your friends to vote, to work the polls, or to otherwise ensure Victory on Election Day. Yes, we must win. Yes, this is a very important election in the life of our country. But in the hustle and bustle of the closing days, I also wanted to share what’s on my heart about the two candidates who will be on every Virginian’s ballot on Tuesday: Mitt Romney and George Allen. Yes, we have great candidates.

These two leaders will get our economy moving again. They will reverse the job-killing policies of the current administration. They will bring true hope to our nation by returning America to the principles that have made her the greatest country in the world.

All of this is important and only a few of the reasons why you should vote for them on Tuesday. But what’s really on my heart involves more than just who these men are as leaders; it involves who they are as people. As the wife of a public servant who has served for two decades, I can tell you that, at least in my, very biased, opinion the old adage rings true: You can tell a lot about a man by the kind of woman he married!

I've had the pleasure of knowing Ann Romney and Susan Allen for many years now, and the fact that our nominees are married to women of this caliber makes me feel hopeful and positive about the direction of our Commonwealth and our country.

I first met Ann in 2008 during her husband’s first run for the presidency, and she has told me many stories of how loving, funny, and devoted Mitt is with his children and grandchildren; and how adamant he’s been in instilling in them the value of service to others, hard work, and a love of country.

Ann's unwavering support of her husband and her devotion to public service is truly authentic, and her commitment to him says a lot about his character. By now, we’ve all heard the stories of Mitt and Ann’s charitable acts, which went unreported until very late in the campaign because their motives were pure in serving their neighbors. We’ve all heard how he was a good example to their five sons, and how he has been Ann’s rock when she was struggling with MS.

A man and father like Mitt Romney is someone with whom we can all connect and relate, and is one of the many reasons why my husband and I believe he must be the next President of the United States.

George Allen, our friend and candidate for U.S. Senate, is similar to Mitt Romney in his beliefs, love for our nation, and willingness to sacrificially serve to make our communities better places.

Susan is a dear friend and very much like Ann. Her kindness, enthusiasm, and tireless support for her husband is a true reflection of how much she believes in him as a person, but also as a leader for our Commonwealth. Her passion is a testament to how committed he is to returning to Washington D.C. to advance his vision of a results-oriented, positive, conservative Senator. Virginians know George and Susan as caring, civic-minded, and committed public servants, who want to make Virginia the best place to live, learn, work, and raise a family.

In the last few weeks, I've had the honor of traveling across the state with both Ann & Susan to energize the citizens of our Commonwealth. We've had the great pleasure of meeting with teachers, mothers, small business owners – all who share a vision for our country and our Commonwealth that is better than what we have today: a vision of America's Comeback with a booming economy, new job creation, more take-home pay for families, and greater individual freedom. Our commonwealth and our country depend on Governor Romney becoming our nation’s next President, and Governor Allen returning to the United States Senate.

So much is at stake today and for our children’s future….I urge you to join my husband and me on Election Day in supporting these fine leaders as they keep Virginia and our country on the path to prosperity."

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