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Ann Romney held a blogger call a few minutes ago to highlight her new website AnnRomney.com. She spoke about her enthusiasm for the internet as a communication tool and in particular her ability to talk about Multiple Sclerosis and her work with MS patients.(Her website links to the National MS Society.) She is a positive and articulate advocate for her husband. I asked her about stem cell research and what she would say to MS patients and their families who think embryonic stem cell research offers hope. She pointed to the same turning point which her husband identifies as transforming his views — the recognition that there is an “ethical line in the sand” which is crossed when embryos are created for experimentation. (Romney has spoken about a meeting with Harvard stem cell researchers in November 2004 which changed him from “effectively” pro-choice to pro-life.) She made clear that she and her husband favor other stem cell research including adult stem cell research, which is “absolutely acceptable ethically.” However, she declined to offer an opinion as to whether she or her husband would favor stem cell research using so called “discarded” embryos from fertility clinics (i.e. which don’t involve creating a new embryo), saying she was “not going to be the spokesman” on this issue. She was also asked about the importance of the Internet and responded that it is “a wonderful vehicle” and plans on doing more Ann TV, the counterpart to Mitt TV. As for the role of spouses in campaigns, she candidly admitted that everyone is figuring it out as they go along. The Romney camp is smart to use her and I expect we’ll see more in the weeks ahead.

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