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Mitt Romney irons clothes and shops at Costco

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney his wife Ann arrive Brewster Academy for conventipreparations Sunday Aug. 26 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann arrive at Brewster Academy for convention preparations on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Updated: September 28, 2012 6:21AM

Mitt Romney is wealthy, really wealthy. But his closet includes a whole bunch of dress shirts that cost $18 apiece from Costco.

Romney, who has had troubles this campaign connecting with middle-class voters, made the statement about his wardrobe during an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox News.

Just the other day, he said, his wife, Ann, bought him a three-pack of Costco’s Kirkland-brand dress shirts.

“They’ve very nice shirts,” he told Fox News Sunday.

“He’s wearing them all the time now,” his wife then volunteered.

“I’m like, ‘that shirt looks pretty good. I got it at Costco.’”

The couple’s interview, which coincided with what had been the opening of the Republican National Convention, contained plenty of references designed to show that their tastes and daily routines mirror those of everyday Americans.

Ann Romney said her husband ironed his own clothing the morning of their interview from the couple’s New Hampshire lake home and had done his own laundry the night before.

She also said he routinely cooked dinner and grocery shopped when her multiple sclerosis flared severely.

But when it comes to Costco, Mitt Romney isn’t the only one with a thing for the low-cost, bulk retailer.

“It’s great. Are you kidding? Have you ever been to it?” Ann Romney said in their interview, where she disclosed she has the whole Costco experience down to a science.

“I know how to shop Costco. You go in the door — I don’t want everyone to learn this trick — you go in the door, you take a sharp right and you go way down to the back of the store and just shop the outside of the aisles, and boom, boom, boom,” she said.

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