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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romneys are on MittRomney.com. The former Massachusetts governor's five sons, all of whom are helping out with his campaign, are blogging up a storm on their collective blog.

And this morning, Ann Romney, already a growing presence on the stump, has beefed up her online presence. In a first for candidate spouses, Mrs. Romney now has her very own Web site. In the introductory video, the grandmother of ten tells online viewers: "Here at AnnRomney.com, I'd like to give you an insider's view, a behind-the-scenes of what it's like inside the campaign. I want to be able to create a forum so we can hear from you as well." The site also features Ann Wire, a collection of articles on the would-be first lady, and Ann's Recipes, where she asks supporters to send their favorite family recipes. (She shares the ingredients of her grandmother's Welsh Skillet Cakes.) There's also a section on her experience being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis nearly 10 years ago. "With Mrs. Romney playing a greater role in the campaign, it's natural that she should have her own Web presence," said Mindy Finn, the campaign's online strategist.

It's been a busy few months for would-be presidential spouses. The ubiquitous Bill Clinton is making the talk show rounds and was recently on "Oprah." Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Edwards have shared the spotlight with their husbands. Ditto Cindy McCain and Jeri Thompson. But more so than any other candidate -- especially more than Rudy Giuliani, who leads the GOP field in national polls and whose two children aren't mentioned on his site -- Romney has made his big but tight-knit family the centerpiece of his campaign.

So how long will it take before Bill Clinton starts his own blog?

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  October 1, 2007; 5:26 PM ET
 
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