Mitt Really Wanted To Be Here, But He Thought It Would Be More Fun To Speak To You By Video From Someplace Else

The whereabouts of Ann Romney, first lady of Massachusetts, are not usually the stuff of urgent news releases. But this morning the Family Research Council was eager to alert reporters that Mrs. Romney would headline the group's Liberty Sunday telecast called "Defending our First Freedom." The conservative group held a number of these live nationwide "simulcasts" during the '04 campaign to fire up the faithful over issues like gay marriage and "activist" judges. The latest event, to be held this Sunday at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston, will focus on the legal battles over marriage in Massachusetts. Though it will take place just down the street from the gold-domed Beacon Hill State House where her husband presides, Mrs. Romney may have something more in mind than showing off her hostessing skills. Gov. Mitt Romney is widely expected to jump into the '08 presidential race--and the unofficial kickoff is Nov. 8, the day after next month's election. Showing up at Liberty Sunday is a way to gain some street cred with the GOP's evangelical base--people who might not know what to make of a Mormon governor and his wife. Mrs. Romney will appear with FRC president Tony Perkins and introduce a video message from her husband. Others making video appearances include: Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family; Gary Bauer, American Values; Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries; Alan Sears, Alliance Defense Fund; and Don Wildmon, American Family Association. So while it might be Mrs. Romney's first big simulcast appearance, odds are it won't be her last.

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