7. coming from someone else who was a little warmer, it might have even been kind of cute
Kind of an "oh, those nutty kids" thing. But coming from Romney, it just sounded like he was calling his (grown) children liars. Very cold.
As you said, it's like the way he "joked" (at least I hope he was trying to joke) that they were keeping Ann from too many public appearances so people wouldn't get tired of her. What a horrible father and husband. Ick ick ick.