Making her first late-night talk show appearance, Ann Romney stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any Beyoncé love, but there was plenty of talk about Mitt.
The wife of Gov. Mitt Romney seemed a bit nervous for her big debut, but Leno guided her through her remarks, as she first spoke about the emergency landing her plane had to make last week. Leno asked her about Romney’s odd-seeming comment,”[airplane] windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that.” The audience laughed, but Mrs. Romney just said that of course he didn’t mean it seriously, and that was just his was of showing that he was worried and he cared.
Romney Cares! could easily have been the theme of the interview. Beyond the airplane comments, Mrs. Romney emphasized how much her husband cares about America — particularly needed in light of Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent comment” caught on video. Asked specifically about the tape, Ann said, “This is a guy that I know cares. …We care about the 100 percent,” and “There are two things [I know]: He cares, and he’s competent.”
In the second segment, Mrs. Romney spoke a little bit more about her and Gov. Romney’s 43-year marriage (the couple met in high school), sharing that, “He’s a workaholic at work, and when he comes home he’s a playaholic [when their children were growing up].”
Interestingly, Leno brought up the couple’s Mormon beliefs, asking what it would mean for America if elected. “I love the fact that we have the first African-American President,” she said. “That means to me that we’re leaving prejudices behind. If Mitt were elected, that would mean more of the same.”