Minutes after Ann Romney gave a speech devoted to love, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the audience sometimes wanting to be loved isn't so good.

His mother, he said, "told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting -- but that respect could grow into real, lasting love."

His mother was "talking about women," he said, but "it applies just as much to leadership. In fact, I think that advice applies to America today more than ever. I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved."