By Alexander Bolton - 12/18/11 09:40 PM EST
His campaign has deployed Ann Romney on the trail in recent days to give voters a fuller picture of the candidate’s personal side. The former Massachusetts governor's advisers have tried to draw contrasts between Romney and his chief rival, Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times, on the issue of character.
Romney called the diagnosis of the disabling disease the toughest moment of his life.
“Probably the toughest time of my life was standing there with Ann as we hugged each other and the diagnosis came,” he said.
“We could see that she had real problems and didn’t have feeling in places she should have feeling,” Romney said, recalling neurological tests a doctor performed on his wife. “He stepped out of the room and we stood up and hugged each other and I said to her, ‘As long as it’s not something fatal, I’m just fine.’ Look, I’m happy in life as long as I’ve got my soul mate with me, and Ann is.”