TheStreet.com published an interesting piece on whether marriage helps or hurts an individual’s career. Turns out, the only professions in which a spouse is beneficial are clergymen, judges, police officers, and drumroll...politicians. [Insert Eliot Spitzer joke here.]
Now when you’re single, ready to mingle and eyeing a prospective guy at a party, there are a couple of deal-breakers that are non-negotiable. Everybody knows the committment it takes to foster a relationship with differing strongly enforced religious beliefs, but what about politics? Could they be just as important to some?
Wondering about the candidates in the presidential primary? YourTango's got you covered. As part of our series exploring couples in the presidential race, we bring you inside the marriage or Ron and Carol Paul. "Ron Paul is running for the Republican Party Presidential nomination on a platform of no-jokes Libertarianism, which whether one agrees with his politics or not, clearly is a sign of determination. His wife of nearly 51 years, Carol, has stood by Paul throughout his medical and Congressional years, as well as his time on the campaign trail, despite requiring heart surgery to implant a pacemaker while garnering support in Iowa in August 2007."
Part of Tango's series on the couples of the 2008 presidential primaries, we go inside the marriage of Republicans Mike and Janet Huckabee. "They met in junior high school; by senior year, they were dating. At the age of 18, he didn't quite have the money for an engagement ring yet and proposed with the pull-tab of a soda can. They married in her parents' living room in Hope, Arkansas, in 1974. One could say Mike and Janet Huckabee have humble beginnings and have culled a rock-solid relationship over the last 30 years. During the last two decades, they have shared success and hardship."
My boyfriend voted for Bush. Yes, for Bush. And he'd vote for him again if our Constitution allowed it. Now let me duck while you spit at me. No, please go ahead. Really, I'm used to it. When this happens—the attacks, the spittle—I sometimes enlist a coping strategy. I tune out and think back to when I discovered that J was one of Them.
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)."
In our series on the 2008 presidential couples, Tango explores the Edwards. Even if they're not always on the same page you know that the John and Elizabeth are always in each other's corner. Adversity does nothing but make them strong. Read here to find out if they have the right stuff to make the White House their next home. "On the surface, Elizabeth Edwards would seem to be the exact opposite of the ideal political spouse. Hardly meek, she's a smart and independent attorney who doesn't spend too much time worrying about her appearance, and talks openly about her struggles with weight loss. Yet she's often described as her husband's 'secret weapon.'"
In our series on the 2008 presidential couples Tango explores the Guilianis. Though not quite as polished as the Clintons, Rudy and Judy are in the spotlight just as much. From his 9/11 heroics to his topsy-turvy family life, there's never a dull moment. Find out if the Guilianis have what it takes to make the White House into their home. "The tabloid ink expended on this union rivals headlines about the Clintons. Years before their divorce scandal, Rudy Giuliani's second marriage to Donna Hanover was major gossip fodder in New York. There were persistent rumors—vehemently denied—that he was having an affair with his attractive female communications director, Christyne Lategano. The gossip took a toll."