It didn't take long for Lindz Sangalli to draw attention at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.
Strolling in wearing her Mrs. Conservative U.S. 2012 sash and carrying her crown, photographers began snapping pictures of the 50-year-old Fort Worth woman and reporters began asking for interviews.
But after talking to delegates and listening to speeches this week, Sangalli said she knows it's more important than ever that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wins the White House this fall.
"I really think we are going to win this," she said. "If we don't, I just can imagine what will happen."
Sangalli, who will not attend the Democratic National Convention next week, said she hopes the Republican message from the convention is reverberating through the country.
"It would be nice if Mitt wins in November and we can sleep a little better," she said.
She and her husband, Scott, who are strong financial supporters of the Republican Party and divide their time between Fort Worth and California, decided to attend the convention after they were invited by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.
In the past few days, they have met congressional leaders and delegates alike.
The longtime conservative said she has been so impressed with all of the speakers who have talked to the large political gathering.
"All the candidates and all their families, everyone who has gotten up there, their sincerity is so obvious," she said. "Their desire to help the country is so clear."
Sangalli said she has had a great opportunity to talk about both the Mrs. Conservative U.S. 2012 pageant, where she was crowned last month in Richardson, as well as her political beliefs. She has given interviews to news outlets from New York to France, Poland and Switzerland.
After winning the title of Mrs. Conservative U.S. 2012, she launched a media campaign called "Today's Conservative Women," hoping to educate people about the need for fiscal and social responsibility.
A self-described political junkie, Sangalli said she wants people to know that she believes the so-called war on women isn't coming from Republicans -- but from Democrats.
"The entitlements the left is trying to entice women with kind of sets us back to the '50s," she said. "They keep giving entitlements, extending benefits, rather than helping the economy get going again by lifting regulations."
She said she was impressed by Ann Romney's "flawless" convention speech this week. And she has met Mitt Romney and says she believes he is the man to guide the country. Especially since she said Democratic President Barack Obama had made it clear "he's never going to compromise."
"Mitt is going to be the president for everybody," she said. "You can trust him."
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