WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- Mitt Romney's large family is at the center of his life and his presidential campaign.
His five sons, five daughters-in-law and 18 grandchildren -- "a bevy of Romneys," he's called them -- were front and center on Independence Day as he paraded his family down Main Street in this resort town where the family vacations.
"My family's so big it takes two risers!" Romney said after he reached the end of the parade route and held a campaign event in a field overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.
While a few family members sometimes accompany Romney on the campaign, the annual family vacation provided a rare opportunity for him to showcase all the members of the group he invokes so often. They number 30 in all.
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At a time when nontraditional families have become more common, and when even the Romneys watch Modern Family, a popular sitcom that centers on unconventional family arrangements, the Romney brood stands out. Mitt and Ann Romney have been married for more than 40 years.
It's an embodiment of the family values message that resonates with Republicans and Democrats, and it offers a chance for Romney to portray himself as caring and authentic.
Romney's two presidential campaigns -- he fell short of winning the nomination in 2008 -- haven't been easy on everyone.
"The process is tough. It's tough on the family," said Tagg Romney, the oldest of the Romney brothers.
There are five Romney sons: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig. All photogenic, they range in age from 31 to 42. Three work in real estate, one is in private equity, and the fifth is finishing his medical residency.
All five went to Brigham Young University, the Mormon college in Utah where three met their wives. The three oldest went on to Harvard Business School. Ben went to Tufts Medical School, and Craig has a graduate degree from Columbia University.
They all married in their 20s and have 18 children total: Tagg has six kids, Matt has five, Josh has four, Ben has one and Craig has two. The grandkids range in age from just a few weeks -- Tagg and his wife, Jen, just had twins that were born via a surrogate -- to 16 years. All five Romney daughters-in-law are stay-at-home moms.