The Candidates' Love Match

Somebody please stop them before they hug again

American politics has come a long way since the days when Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower were seldom seen on the campaign trail. Romance is becoming the major nonissue of this campaign: palpable, on display and in prime time. It's the Phil Donahue of elections: the candidate who can best put his relationship on display scores points. Consider the CBS interview in which Barbara Bush playfully slapped the Veep's hand as he confused how many years they had been married (43) with how many houses they had lived in (28). As she was about to leave the room, he pulled her...

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