Inside Politics: Ann Romney keeps quiet on disagreements with Mitt

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Ann Romney disagrees with her husband, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, on some issues, but she’s staying tight-lipped on the details.

“I’m not going to tell you” on which matters the couple differ, she told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” during an interview at the couple’s New Hampshire vacation home.

“I think we have to have a united front” on policy, she said.

Despite whatever disagreements the two may have, Mr. Romney, who later this week will formally accept the GOP’s presidential nomination, said he values his wife’s counsel.

Ann is really good at seeing things in ways others don’t see them, and being able to provide that openly to me. I value that very highly,” he said.

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COLUMBIA — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford confirmed Sunday he is engaged to the Argentine woman he secretly left the state to visit under the cover story he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Mr. Sanford said a statement announcing his engagement provided to CNN is accurate.

“The only comment I’ll stand by is that there was a statement sent to CNN and I stand by its accuracy. I don’t know anything beyond that,” Mr. Sanford said Sunday. “I’d love to talk but we’re going to end up in no-man’s land.”

Mr. Sanford was a rising Republican political star before he vanished from South Carolina for five days in 2009. Reporters were told he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. But when he returned to South Carolina, the father of four admitted that he had been in Argentina with Maria Belen Chapur, whom he later called his soul mate.

“I’ve been unfaithful to my wife. I developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear friend from Argentina. It began very innocently as I suspect many of these things do, in just a casual email back and forth in advice on one’s life there and advice here. But here recently, over this last year, it developed into something much more than that,” Mr. Sanford said in explaining the affair.

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