Earlier reports said that his Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, would be speaking at the Family Research Council's annual Values Voters Summit, or as I like to call it - "God loves us better than the rest of you heathens and he has designated US to save America" summit. You can clearly see that she is listed in the guide below:
Now it seems that there has been a
Despite a program advertising her attendance at this weekend's Value Voters Summit, Ann Romney never planned to attend the social conservative conference, the campaign told BuzzFeed.
"Mrs. Romney is not scheduled to attend VVS this weekend. To my knowledge, it has not been on our schedule," said Sarah Haley, a campaign spokesperson.
As of Tuesday evening, the online schedule for the conference, which is hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC), still had Mrs. Romney attending the Friday morning plenary session, from 8:40 a.m. to noon.
. . . Sending (VP candidate Pau) Ryan to court the summit is one thing, but Mrs. Romney could risk jeopardizing her role as the soft, humanizing face of the campaign if she's perceived as engaging in divisive culture war issues. It's something she apparently realizes: Last week she repeatedly declined to answer an interviewer's questions about same-sex marriage, saying she wouldn't engage in "hot-button" issues.
Also, according to BuzzFeed, FRC gave a statement about Mrs. Romney not attending:
FRC spokesperson Darin Miller told BuzzFeed that the "people listed on the online program were those both invited and confirmed. Only the ones with an asterisk next to their names were confirmed — and Mrs. Romney never had an asterisks."
I suppose that's a reasonable explanation if you looked at the full schedule of events. The only question I have is why in the heck did FRC put her name in the program in the first place?