By Erik Wasson - 09/09/12 02:14 PM EDT
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann said that her husband has been unfairly 'demonized,' during a joint appearance on NBC's Meet the Press aired on Sunday.
Ann Romney said she took to the GOP convention stage to convey that her family has faced struggles even though they have been well off financially.
“Well, I think the thing that I want to communicate to people, and that it's so important that people understand, is that Mitt and I do recognize that we have not had a financial struggle in our lives. But I want people to believe in their hearts that we know what it is like to struggle. And our struggles have not been financial, but they've been with health and with difficulties in different things in life,” she said, in an interview aired Sunday.
“It was refreshing to me for the American people to finally be able to see the lens through which I see my husband and the perspective in which I understand how he operates,” Ann Romney added.
She also compared the possible election of America's first Mormon president to Obama's election in 2008 as the first black president.
“And I think that was why we were all so pleased with so many Americans, were so pleased with the last election and seeing that a black man was elected as president of the United States. It made us proud as Americans to know that those prejudices that we've had in the past are -- are falling away,” she said.
Mitt Romney also said during the interview that he had laughed during Clint Eastwood's bizarre empty-chair speech at the GOP convention.
“Oh, I was laughing at Clint Eastwood. Look -- look, to have him get up and speak on my behalf was -- was a great thrill,” he said.
He added that “you don't expect to have a guy like Clint Eastwood get up and, you know, read some speech of a teleprompter like a politician. You expect him to speak from the heart and that's exactly what he did.”