Ann Romney: 'We Didn't Know a Single Republican'

By Terence P. Jeffrey | March 22, 2012 | 6:07pm EDT

Ann and Mitt Romney (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - Mitt and Ann Romney "didn't know a single Republican" before Romney decided in late 1993 to seek the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, Mrs. Romney told the Los Angeles Times in a story that was published on Oct. 7, 1994 and that is available now on the Times' website.

The story was written by Ronald Brownstein, who is now with the National Journal, and was published under the headline: "Kennedy in the Fight of His Life : Is Massachusetts senator obsolete and out of touch, or is he an indispensable resource to his state? Mitt Romney, a businessman, threatens to unseat him after 30 years in Senate."

"When Romney decided to run, Republicans exchanged quizzical looks: 'We didn't know a single Republican when we jumped in in December,' his wife, Ann, says," Brownstein reported.

"As a registered independent, Romney had voted in the Democratic presidential primary in 1992 to support Paul E. Tsongas (though he backed George Bush in the general election, he says)," wrote Brownstein. "He briefly considered running for the Senate seat as an independent as well, his wife says, before rejecting the idea as impractical.

"Independence and pragmatism remained at the center of his appeal, though," wrote Brownstein. "(Even today, he tries to keep his distance from a national Republican Party still held in some suspicion here: He has refused to sign onto the national GOP 'contract' party leaders are pushing in Washington.)

"Romney offered himself not as a conservative, but a Weld-like moderate: frugal on spending and insistent that welfare recipients work for their checks, but supporting abortion rights and gay rights and willing to ban assault weapons," wrote Brownstein.

Romney lost the 1994 Senate election to Kennedy, but was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002. He is now the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

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