Published: Sep 13, 2012 1:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2012 7:17 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Romney Campaign was in Southwest Florida Thursday.

In an hour-long visit at Lee Memorial's Regional Cancer Center in Fort Myers, Ann Romney toured the treatment rooms, spoke with specialists and met with cancer patients.

Florida is a battleground state and the former first lady of Massachusetts was here campaigning on behalf of her husband, but she said the visit hit close to home.

"Having suffered from breast cancer myself, I was very interested to see how a program like this in a community makes it so much easier for the people being diagnosed," Romney said.

The motorcade arrived just before noon. Romney's visit followed the speech she gave at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, only two weeks ago.

In a one-on-one interview with WINK News, Romney talked about the focus of that speech, and why she stuck mainly to the topic of who her husband is as a person.

"A lot of the political talk is going to happen out there. I'm the only one who can talk about what this guy is really like. I've been married to him for 43 years, I've known him for 47 years. I know what kind of heart he has and it's a caring heart," said Romney.

Romney also discussed another focus of her speech, which was the economic plight of women.

"What I really hoped to do was speak to their hearts and to say, 'Mitt and I, we hear your voices. We know that the unemployment for women is higher than for men right now, and that this economy has hurt them harder,'" she said.

Janet Howe was one of the patients who met with Romney during the Fort Myers visit. She already planned to vote for Mitt Romney, but thought his wife's visit made an impression.

"I was happy because I like her. She's been through a lot herself," Howe said. "She's had a charmed life, but she's had her problems too."