facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Candidate's spouse can affect election

Aug. 25, 2008 at 10:05 AM   |   Comments

2 of 2
| License Photo
DENVER, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Polling indicates Michelle Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention in Denver Monday night can help her husband win votes in the fall.

In the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll, 52 percent of those questioned Thursday through Saturday said a candidate's spouse is important, USA Today reported Monday.

However, political strategists disagree on how much of an impact the spouse of a presidential candidate can really have in the outcome of an election.

"The vice president doesn't matter. So why would the first lady candidate matter?" asks Sheila Tate, former press secretary to Nancy Reagan.

Mark McKinnon, media strategist for President Bush, says in a close race a spouse can make a difference.

"It works at the margins, but in close elections, margins can be really important," McKinnon told USA Today.

McKinnon says when evaluating their choices for president, voters "look at the whole picture, and the wives are very much a key component of that picture."

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses
2
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
3
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
4
Russian currency crashes Russian currency crashes
5
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback