Ann Romney says the Obama campaign’s strategy for this race is: “Kill Romney.”
In an interview with CBS that aired Thursday, Mrs. Romney was asked how she feels about the attacks her husband encounters on the campaign trail.
“It makes you recognize that they are–gonna do everything they can– to destroy Mitt–so that he isn’t gonna be the person– that we have the confidence in, that I have the confidence in, to know that he’s the guy that can turn this economy around,” Ann Romney told CBS’ Jan Crawford. “They’re trying to portray him in a light that is just completely wrong…early on we heard what their strategy was. It was kill Romney… that was their memo that came out from the–from their campaign. And it’s, like, not when I’m next to him you better not.”
She’s citing a Politico article from last August that quoted unnamed Democratic strategists describing the president’s campaign strategy: ”‘Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,’” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.”
The president’s senior advisor David Axelrod immediately shot down the report saying, “No one on my team believes that” and anyone caught smearing Romney would be fired.
“And anyone who purports to be a source within the Obama camp who used that term and some of the other terms that were in that story according to unnamed sources should be ripped out of whoever’s Rolodex considers them sources,” Axelrod said on “Good Morning America” at the time. “That doesn’t reflect our thinking”
Ann Romney isn’t buying it.
“I feel like all he’s doing is saying, “Let’s kill this guy,” Mrs. Romney said, in the interview taped during their week-long vacation in Wolfeboro, NH.
Sitting next to her husband dressed in khaki shorts and a blue checked shirt, she said people “don’t get him at all” when asked what people misunderstand about Mitt Romney the most.
She said he is misrepresented when people say he’s “not as approachable as I am or something like that. That’s, like, really kind of funny to me because it’s all– it’s all backwards,” Romney said while laughing.
“It’s just something where we just have to make sure that– I’m there saying, ‘Wait a minute, no, that’s not right. You gotta get this right. It’s not fair,” Mrs. Romney said.
She also weighed in on the search for a running mate saying she’s been “given that a lot of thought actually” and a woman is being considered.
“We’ve been looking at that,” Mrs. Romney said, referring to a female choice. “And I’d love that option as well. So, you know, there’s a lot of people that–Mitt is considering right now.”
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte–thought to be a veepstakes contender–campaigned with the Romneys yesterday as they walked in an Independence Day Parade in Wolfeboro.
When asked if she has a “favorite,” Romney said that she likes “to think that I have a few that I really like a lot.”
Mitt Romney wouldn’t give any hints either, just agreeing with his wife: “What she said,” Romney answered before laughing.
“I can’t tell you that,” Romney said, answering when he will reveal his running-mate. “I have an idea in mind, but that’s something I’m keeping– my– close with my team.”
ABC News’ Emily Friedman contributed to this report.