Romney Opens Up on Fox About Wife's Illness

Sunday, 18 Dec 2011 03:16 PM

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney showed a softer side of his often business-like persona Sunday on Fox News, discussing details of his wife Ann’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

"Probably the toughest time of my life," he told Chris Wallace. "She was tired all the time. She couldn't take care of the family in the way she had. I said, 'Look I don't care what the meals are like. I like cold cereal and peanut butter sandwiches.'"

Ann, who was diagnosed in 1998, has since recovered much of her strength. On the show, Romney also bashed President Obama over the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, calling it "precipitous" and saying some forces should have stayed behind.

"I'm happy in life as long as I've got my soul mate with me," Romney said, calling his wife's diagnosis a "really difficult" time.

Romney said the family looked into installing an elevator in their house and buying a wheelchair for Ann, whose disease is now in remission.

"We can do fine with that as long as we have each other," he told his wife.

The highly anticipated sitdown interview on "Fox News Sunday" had been taped Saturday in South Carolina and sparked few fireworks.

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