Like the woman she’s hoping to replace, aspiring first lady Ann Romney understands the value of a little publicity. The wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney made her late-night debut Wednesday on the “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” just a week after appearing on “Live! With Michael and Kelly” and a day before an interview on “Access Hollywood.”
In her first visit to Jay Leno’s couch, Romney did the thing that virtually all political wives — Mrs. Obama included — do in similar situations: She morphed, for a few minutes, into a sitcom mother, complaining about her “cheap” husband’s habit of turning off the water heater, poking fun at his dancing abilities and recalling how “stinky” her five sons were as teenagers.
When it came to actual politics, Ann Romney was also an effective proxy for her husband, even if she steered well clear of policy specifics. Not surprisingly, Leno asked for her thoughts on the “47%” video that dominated much of the news cycle last week. Rather than clarify or explain her husband’s comments about Americans who don't pay federal income taxes — or double down on those comments, as he has done — Ann Romney opted instead to convey a sense of the man she knows.