By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, was in Nebraska today, but there wasn’t much news coverage of her visit because her press interviews were cancelled.
Ann Romney was in La Vista for a $250-per-plate fundraiser at the Embassy Suites – but the event was closed to the press.
Ann Romney made a public appearance and did press while she was in Iowa on Thursday, including an interview with Radio Iowa in which she said fellow Republicans and “the chattering class” should stop criticizing her husband and realize how lucky they are to have him as the Republican nominee.
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”
So why – 46 days before the election – didn’t Ann Romney make any public appearances or do any press in Nebraska? After all, Obama won the Seconnd Congressional District (Omaha and some suburbs) four years ago, and in a tight race, that one electoral vote could be pivotal.
Shawn McCoy, a Romney campaign spokesman, declined to comment on why Ann Romney kept a low-profile in Nebraska.
The Romneys have had a tough week, after a secretly-recorded video was released Monday showing Mitt Romney saying he’s not going to try to win over 47 percent of Americans who are on government assistance and don’t pay income taxes.
Asked what she thought of Romney’s statements, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer‘s spokesman, Daniel Keylin, released the following statement:
“Senator Fischer has her own perspective. When she travels the state, Nebraskans tell her they want a vibrant economy that provides opportunities for them and their children. To make that a reality, Sen. Fischer has released a plan that will help create jobs, spur economic growth and preserve the American Dream for future generations. She also understands the necessity of having a safety net for Americans who need assistance during difficult times.”
Chairman-elect of the Nebraska Democratic Party, Vince Powers, said of the visit, “Ann Romney seems to be a great person. I’m glad she could come to Omaha and see what a great job Mayor Suttle has done.” Suttle is a Democrat.
So far President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have no campaign appearances scheduled in Nebraska, although Michelle Obama made a stop in Omaha earlier this summer.
As for whether either of them might show up in Nebraska over the next 46 days, Powers said, “Who knows what’s going to happen?”