Ann Romney sat down with the ladies of "The View" on Thursday and answered some uncomfortable questions about her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Originally, the Romneys were going to appear on "The View" together, after the Republican presidential candidate made less-than-flattering remarks about the show's hosts. Gov. Romney canceled earlier this week, so Mrs. Romney made a solo appearance on the ABC program.
The interview seemed somewhat tense from the get-go, but turned especially awkward when co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Romney to clarify if her husband did not serve in the military for religious reasons.
"Now, I believe that your religion doesn't allow you to go fight," Goldberg said.
"No, that's not correct," Romney responded. "We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services."
"OK, um, well I say that because when I read about your husband, what I had read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn't serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion," Goldberg asked. "That's what I read, I'm sorry."
"No, that's not correct," Romney said. "He was serving his mission. My five sons have also served their mission." Romney later added, "I sent them away as boys and they came back men."
"So when you're facing these mothers whose children have not come back, how will you explain to them that your sons haven't gone? Or will you talk about the missions they've gone on?" Goldberg asked.
"I would say that it's probably the hardest thing that a president and a first lady probably do," she said. She added that while governor of Massachusetts, her husband "went to every funeral of a returning veteran...and it was the hardest thing [he] had to do."
Goldberg later addressed the question on Twitter.