Ann Romney needles Obamas for trips

Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were elected.

Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing abroad as frequently as the Obamas.

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"I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."

First Lady Michelle Obama has drawn some criticism from conservative radio hosts for her international travel, including a trip to Spain with daughter Sasha where she lunched with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

President Obama, however, has not taken any foreign vacations during his presidency, usually celebrating the Christmas holiday in his home state of Hawaii and summering in Martha's Vineyard.


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Obama is spending his Monday is in the Mexican resort town of Los Cabos, but is unlikely to have time to enjoy the surf and sand. The president will be attending a meeting of the G-20, and plans face-to-face meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin over tensions in Syria and European leaders to discuss the financial crisis.

Ann Romney didn't rule out vacationing at all, noting the Romney family has their "own places for that."

"When we take a vacation, it'll be with our children and grandchildren," she repeated.

Romney went on to say that she was enjoying the campaign trail, and encouraged by how crowds seemed to coalesce around her husband.

"It's been a little surprising to me how quickly that happened and how people are putting a lot of hope around Mitt," Romney said.

Noting the last time the couple had been in Michigan was in the midst of the bruising Republican primary, Romney said she was encouraged by how some of the infighting of that contest had faded away.

"It's amazing how quickly that happened; it evaporated very quickly," she said.

Mitt Romney will visit the state Tuesday to wrap up his five-day, six-state bus tour.

Mrs. Romney also talked about how she was excited a horse she jointly owns, Rafalca, had qualified to compete in the Olympics in dressage, an equestrian sport.

"I'm so excited, honestly, to be able to represent the United States," Romney said.

She downplayed any speculation of entering the competition as a rider, though, saying that seeing Olympic-level competition was like a club tennis pro visiting Wimbledon.

This story was updated at 3:42 p.m.