Indeed, life-sized Barbie doll Cindy McCain, she of the flaxen-hair and bright white teeth, was not always the bride at the senator's side. McCain left for the Vietnam War married to another woman -- Carol McCain -- with whom he had three children. But their marriage of 15 years disintegrated in 1980 and married his current wife -- blonde beer heiress Cindy -- one month later.
Back in 2000, John McCain met a lobbyist named Vicki Iseman. The New York Times reports that his campaign eventually decided to bar her from access to him. Everyone involved denies that something untoward happened. And it's curious that this article has come to light at this point. Interesting timing.
There has never been a single president. And for good reason. It's a tough job and the person in power can use a good woman (or man) at his (or her) side. Tango examines the eight frontrunning candidates to find out which couple has what it takes to make it in the White House.
In our series on the 2008 presidential couples, YourTango explores the McCains. From John's time in a Vietnamese prison camp to Cindy's battle with addiction, YourTango gives you all you need to know to decide if the McCains have what it takes to live in the White House. "He was a war hero, a former prisoner in North Vietnam; she was the daughter of a wealthy beer distributor and almost 20 years his junior. They met in 1979 at a reception in Honolulu. 'We both lied about our ages,' Cindy told a reporter. 'I made myself older and he made himself younger.' Before they could marry, he had to divorce his first wife (although they still remain on good terms)."