Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife follows a hectic schedule on the campaign trail. It’s hard to gauge the importance of a political spouse’s activities, but she can sway some voters. “The candidate is expected to talk about the issues, and it’s the wife who can talk about the man behind those ideas,” says Lisa M. Burns, a political science professor.
Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after an appearance in Simpsonville, S.C., on Sept. 29. She appeared in eight cities over five days that week.Melina Mara/THE WASHINGTON POST