Missouri Valley, Ia. -- Mitt Romney spent the first day of his 23-stop campaign swing through Iowa on Friday selling himself on his personal background as a father and as a face of change.
His wife, Ann, presented a softer image of her husband with the "tiny details that people don't know about us," as the campaign swooped through western Iowa.
Her husband "makes extraordinary mashed potatoes," she told a standing-room-only crowd at an ice cream parlor in Le Mars. He taught her how to change their son's diapers, she told a Sioux Center audience.
She said her husband was her emotional rock after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
"My husband stood by me in the hardest, darkest hours," Ann Romney said.
The candidate, who jokingly referred to his wife as "my boss," cast himself as a face of change, capable of meeting the nation's struggle with immigration and conflict abroad.
The attempt to endear the former Massachusetts governor with caucusgoers kicked off a four-day swing through the leadoff caucus state. Iowa's presidential contest is Thursday. There's no obvious front-runner in either party.
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