Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has opened up to Readers’ Digest on topics unrelated to policy, in a rare look at the GOP nominee’s personal side. And it’s a fairly enlightening read, even if politics aren’t involved.
Some of the more interesting answers include Romney’s favorite word (“Indomitable”) and his statement that his campaign is motivated by concern for the next generation. However, probably the most heartwarming moment comes when he tells the publication his favorite joke:
RD: At Reader’s Digest, we always say that laughter is the best medicine. So what’s your favorite joke, and could you tell it to me now?
Romney: I came into a large room of Republicans in Massachusetts, and I turned to my wife and said, “Ann, in your wildest dreams, did you see me running for political office?” And she turned back and said, “Mitt, you weren’t in my wildest dreams.”
RD: I like that your favorite joke was Ann’s. Is she the one who makes you laugh?
Romney: We fell in love when we were young. She was 16; I was 18. Some people, I’m told, grow apart when they meet very young. We grew together. We share perspectives; we don’t agree on everything, but we see things in a very similar way, and we’re entirely devoted to each other. I would rather be with her than doing anything else on earth.
In advance of tomorrow night’s town hall debate, where Romney will almost certainly be on the lookout for any opportunity to show his capacity for empathy, answers like this may come as an encouraging sign to his supporters.