Ann Romney would like voters to know that her husband isn't as stiff as he appears.
"Mitt is not what you think at home," she told a group of women in Iowa. "He is my most disobedient child. He likes to play jokes. He likes to always have a light moment."
"He's there," she said. "He's steadfast. You can count on him. He won't abandon you in the hardest times."
Ann and Mitt have been married 42 years and have five sons. An ad released this week features old home videos of the family, talk of "steadiness and constancy," and Mitt joking about his recent debate stumble over how many years he has been married.
As Newt Gingrich surges to the top of the Republican field, the Romneys are not the only couple who have trumpeted their marriage as a paragon of conservative family values. Earlier this week Rick Perry took a subtle swipe at Gingrich, who has been married three times.
"I didn't make an oath just to my wife, I made an oath to God when I married my wife," Perry said. "It's an important issue, but the American people will figure out these issues and work their way through them."