Romney: Mom Believed Women Should Have Equal Say in Decisions Facing Nation

By Melanie Arter | August 31, 2012 | 1:39 PM EDT

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney (AP Photo)

( GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday said his mother, who ran for the Senate, would say, “Why should women have any less say than men in the great decisions facing our nation?”

Speaking at the 2012 Republican national convention in Tampa, Fla., he said, “My mom and dad gave us kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be and much less about what we would do. Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I tried to pass on to our sons and now our grandchildren.

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“All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. You know, if every child could drift asleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family and God’s love, this world would be a far more gentle and better place,” Romney said.

“My mom and dad were married for 64 years, and if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist because every day, Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died. She went looking for him, because that morning there was no rose. My mom and dad were true partners – a life lesson that shaped me by every day example,” he said.

“When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I could still see her saying in her beautiful voice, ‘Why should women have any less say than men in the great decisions facing our nation?’” Romney said.

“Don’t you wish she could have been here at this convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallon, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice?” he added.