Ann Romney on Mitt: "a wild and crazy man inside"

WASHINGTON Tue May 1, 2012 11:00am EDT

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney waves with his wife Ann after his speech at a primary night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney waves with his wife Ann after his speech at a primary night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire April 24, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitt Romney, stiff?

"He's not. He's funny," Ann Romney, the Republican presidential candidate's wife, told "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, defending her husband against public perceptions that he is inaccessible and has a "likeability gap" with voters.

"I still look at him as this is the boy that I met, in high school, when he was pulling all the jokes, and really just being crazy. Pretty crazy. So there's a wild and crazy man inside of him ... just waiting to come out."

Romney is a multimillionaire businessman whose gaffes on the campaign trail have created an image of the candidate as rich, stiff and out of touch with the average American.

It is a perception that has dogged the former Massachusetts governor throughout the Republican presidential primary and is not likely to evaporate as he faces Democratic President Barack Obama in the November election.

A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 56 percent of respondents said they had a favorable picture of Obama, while only 35 percent said the same of Romney.

Ann Romney says it is a myth of her husband that she looks forward to debunking.

"I think in politics that this is what always happens is that there's a narrative and sometimes you like to put someone in a box and keep them in that box," she said as the couple appeared together in the CBS interview.

Asked how this personability factor would affect voters in November, Mitt Romney steered the discourse to more comfortable territory.

"The people of this country in my view will vote on the issue they care about most and I believe the president will do everything in his power to try and deflect from that central issue: which is, 'Has he made the economy work for the American people?'" he said.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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Comments (13)
Jpcogan wrote:
Ann Romney is right! Her husband is at *least* as wild and crazy as Al Gore, or, perhaps, Mr. Spock from “Star Trek”.

May 01, 2012 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gracie3883 wrote:
Reminds me of an SNL skit….

May 01, 2012 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BobHanssen wrote:
How about a few examples of the “crazy side” Ann?

May 01, 2012 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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