In an interview with CBS News, the wife of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said President Obama's whole campaign plan was to “kill” her husband.

“They’re going to do everything they can to destroy Mitt, ”Ann Romney told Jan Crawford, when asked about Democratic efforts to paint the GOP candidate as out of touch. The couple were interviewed from their vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H.

“Early on we heard what their strategy was, It was ‘Kill Romney,’ Romney said, referencing a 2011 story in which a Democratic strategist told Politico that Obama “will have to kill Romney” to win.

“I feel like all he's doing is saying, 'Let's kill this guy,’” she added, and promised to protect her husband: “Not when I'm next to him, you better not.”

Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod shot down the Politico report at the time, calling it “garbage” and pledging to fire any staffer who referred to Romney as “weird.”

Romney said her husband had been depicted “in a light that is just completely wrong” and that it was “all backwards.” She also commented (vaguely) on her husband’s vice presidential pick, saying that they’ve been “looking at” picking a woman and “I love that option as well.”

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