According to ABC News
, Ann's suggestive comment came after the host Clarence Mitchell, asked her: “And one of the things, Ann Romney, that folks talk about with your husband, Mitt Romney, and I’ve seen him in casual conversation-He comes off very smooth and okay. But sometimes he comes off stiff. Do you have to fight back some criticism, like ‘My husband isn’t stiff, OK?’”
Ann, with a laugh, suggested that we unzip her husband of 42 years and let the real man out. She explained further, still laughing: "[But] Mitt can get very intense, and I can have the ability to kind of talk him off the rails sometimes and say, 'Hey let's look at what is really important and let's do that now,' and I can tell you he does the same for me. In marriage, it’s always that give and take and rebalancing that we have to do in how we can help each other."
reports Ann told Baltimore WBAL radio on Monday she would like Americans to see the other side of her husband. She said: "It is so funny to me that that is the perception out there...Because he is funny, he is engaging, he is witty. He is always playing jokes. When I met him as a teenager, he was the life of the party. And yet, he is also a very serious person and an accomplished person. And I think a lot of times, people see him in the debate setting."
Ann said her role in the campaign is to get people to see: "...the other side of Mitt, and know us in a different reflection when you see the family and how funny he is with the boys and with the grandkids."
According to CBS
, many analysts see Ann as one of Romney's greatest assets on the campaign trail and "possible secret weapon" in the general election. She has been visible on her husband's campaign trail.
Leah Beckman, commenting on Gawker
, about Ann wishing we would "unzip Mitt's huge personality and let. Him. Out," commented: "These two—Mitt and Ann—are like a political, married, Mormon Abbot and Costello yukking it up on the election trail. The hilarity that comes out of their mouths is pure gold."
But NY Daily News
comments that "the sexual innuendo seemed to be lost on her."