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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Romney plays the wife card; Perry’s got music (read-this roundup)

Asked an awkward question, Mitt Romney invoked his wife, Ann. (Brian Snyder - Reuters)
In case you hadn’t gotten the memo, Mitt Romney loves his one-and-only-ever wife. Here’s more evidence of a phenomenon that our colleagues have noted before, in which the former Massachusetts governor is playing up his “stable family life,” hoping to draw a contrast with his thrice-married presidential rival Newt Gingrich.

According to our colleagues Philip Rucker and Dan Balz, when Romney was asked whether he regretted making a $10,000 bet that his rivals in the GOP race have painted as a move that’s out of touch with voters who couldn’t afford the wager. His go-to response to the uncomfortable question: he invoked his wife, Ann. “After the debate was over, Ann came up and gave me a kiss and said I was great,” Romney said, adding that his wife joked to him: “There are a lot of things you do well. Betting isn’t one of them.”


And as much as that was intended to give people the warm fuzzies, Romney had an uncharacteristically testy moment with a gay veteran this morning.

Elsewhere, we learned a few things from The Post’s package today on former Texas governor Rick Perry. For instance, he’s rather musical. Plays the drums and piano, and his favorite movie is “Immortal Beloved,” the 1994 flick about Beethoven.

And it truly is the most wonderful time of the year... the magical season when Rep. Loretta Sanchez mails (and e-mails) those wacky cards. This year, the California Democrat is letting the people vote on what the theme of the card should be, our colleagues at the Reliable Source say.

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