Directly on the heels of Ann Romney’s outreach to women, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is crafting his speech, too, around a woman — his mother. Christie says it was his mother who taught him the key lessons of life — including, Christie says, that sometimes it’s more important to be respected than loved. Christie said his mother was the family’s enforcer. The Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, is believed to be lagging President Barack Obama in gaining women’s votes. It’s probably no coincidence that so much focus on this key night of the Republican convention is devoted to praising — indeed, lauding — strong women.
— Sally Buzbee
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