Ann Romney made her first late night television appearance Tuesday with a visit to "The Tonight Show," where she regaled Jay Leno with tales of raising five boys and her husband’s thriftiness.
She also said that the election of her husband, a Mormon, would signal a victory over religious prejudices.
"I love the fact that we have the first African-American president. That means to me that we’re leaving prejudices behind," Mrs. Romney said. "I would hope that if Mitt were elected, we would see more of the same."
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Leno kicked off the segment by touching on Ann Romney’s outburst during an interview with Radio Iowa, where she responded to complaints about her husband’s campaign by challenging fellow Republicans to take on the job themselves if they felt they could do better.
"What was it that made you so angry?” Leno asked, which prompted her to admit that she found campaigning so difficult that she had made a video for her husband in which she vowed never to campaign again.
"I showed it to him, and he said, 'You know, Ann, you’ve said that after every pregnancy,’" she quipped.
The GOP presidential candidate and his wife have raised five sons together.
Mrs. Romney also spoke fondly of life with the Republican presidential hopeful, calling him a "playaholic" when he returned to the family homestead and pointedly referring to him as "cheap."
"When we leave the house, he turns off the hot water heater,” Mrs. Romney told Leno. "Do you know what he does when we come back to the house? He forgets that he’s got to turn the hot water heater on. He says, 'Cold showers, they’re not that bad.'"
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was also on the discussion table, particularly the surreptitiously recorded video that showed Romney calling 47 percent of American "victims" who were dependent on government.
"It’s the ups and downs of a campaign. It’s frustrating," Mrs. Romney said of the tape. "This is a guy that cares for the 100 percent, and you don’t like those things to get misinterpreted."