By Alicia M. Cohn - 10/03/12 02:09 PM EDT
“So even on stage, there’s an emotional connection that’s happening between the two of us during the debate itself,” Romney told CNN in an interview set to air ahead of Wednesday's first presidential debate.
"He just needs just that connection. And almost after ever answer that he gives, he’ll find me in the audience to see, 'was that good, was that OK?'”
She said she responds with a thumbs-up or an "OK" sign and joked that she says "ooh" and shakes her head if she does not like an answer.
"No, no, I don't do that. I don't do any of that," she laughed.
"We're there for each other emotionally all of the time," she said. "I felt that was my most important role" during the GOP primary debates.
"The first thing he does is he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. But then he writes ‘Dad’ on the piece of paper,” she explained, pausing for a tearful moment. Mitt Romney's father, George, was governor of Michigan in the 1960s and ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1968.
“He loves his dad, respects his dad, doesn’t want to do anything that would not make his father proud,” she said. Ann Romney said the note reading 'Dad' on the podium is “just a reminder that, 'yes, I’m here, but Dad, I love and respect who you are, what you’ve taught me, what kind of a person you are, and I’m going to honor that.'"
"He writes that, and then he looks in the audience and he finds me," she said. "He has to find where I am."