Ann Romney On The Defensive During 'Tonight Show' Appearance

The GOP hopeful's wife talked to Jay Leno Tuesday to stump for her candidate husband and set the record straight

Ann Romney appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday to stump for her candidate husband and make a few (mostly safe and demure) points of her own.

Dressed in a black leather, va-va-voomier-than-usual outfit for her appearance, Romney first addressed the incident last week when her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver when the cockpit and cabin filled with smoke.

She emerged unscathed, but her husband -- not on the plane -- was not so lucky. He was widely mocked for failing to understand basic aviation when he remarked that the plane windows should have been opened to clear out the smoke. In his defense, his wife told Leno, “It’s his way of making light of how worried he really was about me.”

As for the meatier substance of the interview, Romney addressed the issue of some strongly worded remarks she made in a radio interview last week -- in which she told her husband’s critics to “stop it” or “get in the ring.” She said, “Oh dear, was I little strong?” But she followed up by saying the feedback after her remarks was overwhelmingly positive and that she’s been offered “high fives” all around.

And as for that surreptitiously recorded, now infamous tape of her husband discussing the “47 percent,” she said, “It’s a very frustrating thing, because you try so hard to get your message out, and you try so hard to let people know, this is a guy that I know cares. This is a guy that cares about the 100 percent.”

Importantly, Romney also addressed the issue of her family’s Mormon faith, and what it would mean for the country if her husband were to be 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. I hope that if Mitt were elected, we would see more of the same.”

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Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage’s Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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