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She credited her husband with getting her through the darkest moments of her life, the MS diagnosis in 1998, as well as some tough times she had raising five very “rambunctious” and, at times, “very naughty” boys.

Mrs. Romney also confirmed reports that she was the one who had to talk him into running for president for a second time and stood by her decision to devote a recent television ad to their marriage and fidelity.

The ad, she said, wasn’t a politically motivated attack on Mr. Gingrich, who has been married three times.

“Whenever I speak about our life experience, it is ours,” Mrs. Romney said. “It’s our story, it’s not anybody else’s story. For me to talk about my life, and how I feel about my husband is my story. It is never intended to be seen in a lens other than our story.”