The Politics of Love

The Politics of Love

One presidential election. Eight frontrunners. You may know their stands on abortion, the Iraq war, and whether two men should be allowed to say “I do.” But what do you know about their romantic relationships? Barbara Kantrowitz investigates which couple is most likely to captivate American voters—and which union is best equipped to survive four years in the White House.

NOT SO LONG AGO, WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS in the White House was nobody’s business. Some of most celebrated presidents in U.S. history—Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy—enjoyed a little action on the side without having to worry about paparazzi hiding in the bushes. Read More...

Learn more about the eight front-running candidates and spouses below.

Meet The Couples

Hillary and Bill Clinton

Bill’s philandering was humiliation on a global scale—but there was an unexpected benefit: Hillary got the chance to fire up her own political ambition. Read More...

John and Cindy McCain

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. Read More...


Barack and Michelle Obama


They met in 1989,while he was still a student at Harvard Law School (where he was the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review). Barack was interning for a Chicago law firm, and Michelle was his summer supervisor. Read More...


Mitt and Ann Romney



As Mitt tells it, the Romney marriage is a real love story. “We met in elementary school,” he said in a 2006 speech that is posted on his campaign website. Read More...

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. Read More...

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Brides Decide. Get engaged in the 2008 elections. Compare the couples and see their wedding photos here.