Facing a gap with the middle class, Mitt and Ann Romney told a television audience Sunday that they grocery shop on their own and that he does his own laundry and irons his own shirts.
Interviewed at their New Hampshire lake house, the Romneys told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace that they love to shop at Costco, with Ann Romney divulging that she buys her husband's shirts at the bulk-sale retailer.
The GOP presidential nominee referred to a famous Popeye line when asked how he would respond to those who view him out of touch with middle-class America: "I am what I am, and that's all what I am."
Ann Romney also said her husband's true inner qualities showed when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
"When I was really, really sick -- and this is where I think people need to understand where Mitt comes from. I was unable to do anything that any in -- in a normal life. I couldn't go to the grocery store. I couldn't cook dinner or anything," she told Wallace.
"This was during the time Mitt was running the Olympics and he was, you know, putting in long hours. He would come home, on his way home, he would stop at the grocery store. He was making dinner. He was doing all of those things and saying, Ann, it's OK. You just -- you're fine. Don't worry about these things. That's not why I love you, because you go to the store and you make dinner. I love you because I love you, not what you do."
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann walk into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)