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Amid talk of great wealth, offshore accounts, summer homes, and other things that make Mitt Romney look nothing like a regular guy, Ann Romney continues to insist voters just don’t know her husband. And part of the blame lies with President Obama’s campaign that is doing its best to destroy Romney.
"I feel like all he's doing is saying, 'Let's kill this guy,'' she told CBS News. “And I feel like that's not really a very good campaign policy.” Demonstrating the very relatable instinct of wanting to protect her husband, Ann Romney quipped, “Not when I’m next to him, you better not.”
Romney was referring to a Politico story from last year in which a Democratic strategist was quoted as saying: “Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”
Romney’s interview came after several days in which her husband’s immense wealth took center stage, first with a scathing Vanity Fair piece and then an Associated Press story that detailed how his offshore holdings could mean the candidate is worth more than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.
It’s also part of a strategy to make sure Ann Romney gets more face time with journalists as some Republicans think she could be the key to helping her husband come across as more likeable. Earlier in the week, she talked to both USA Today and the Wall Street Journal about her 14-year battle with multiple sclerosis. In another interview published today, she tells the Miami Herald that even though she vowed never to campaign again after the last election, she changed her mind because she knows her husband is the right person to improve the economy.
Although the campaign is doing everything in its power to make Romney look like a down-to-earth and likeable guy, a photograph of Ann and Mitt on a Sea-Doo was published earlier this week that the Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi says was an “early Independence Day gift to Democrats.” The shot was immediately compared to John Kerry’s infamous windsurfing picture.