Candidate Wives Debate
President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s first debate is scheduled for this Wednesday, October 3. The vice presidential debate kicks off Thursday, October 11.
However I, for one, think we’d probably glean more insights about what America needs by watching Modern Family reruns than by hearing rhetoric from the four male candidates.
The people I’d like to hear debate? Their wives.
Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney. Jill Biden vs. Janna Ryan. Woo hoo!
Now, the standard argument against candidate spouses facing off goes like this: candidate spouses are not public officials. Voters do not elect them. Voters can’t impeach them. So they shouldn’t have opinions - or their opinions shouldn’t matter. The candidate can’t be held responsible for their views.
I say, hogwash. With a dash of subtle sexism thrown in. The vice presidents are not technically elected officials either, and we listen to them debate. We cannot impeach vice presidents any more than we can impeach presidents’ wives. The presidential candidates, not the American public, CHOSE their wives, precisely as they chose their VP’s. It’s a package deal.
Maybe in the olden days, when many women did not finish college, millions of women didn’t vote, and potential First Ladies were truly expected to be seen but not heard on the campaign trail and in the White House, this no-debate policy made more sense. Today, First Ladies wield influence over the president, the White House, and our country -- arguably even more than vice presidents.
Today, we have a raft of potential First Ladies with impeccable educational credentials and invaluable real-world experience as American women, wives and mothers.
Michelle Obama holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Ann Romney has a degree in French from Brigham Young University, her education augmented by her world travels as the wife of a successful businessman and Olympics chairman.
Janna Ryan graduated from Wellesley College and George Washington University Law School. She spent years working as an attorney for one of the world’s largest consulting and accounting firms, Price Waters Cooperhouse. Dr. Jill Biden has a doctoral degree from University of Delaware, years of experience teaching at the high school and college level. She is one of the only sitting Second Ladies to work full-time while her husband serves as Vice President.
Between them, these women have raised 13 children. This quartet contains, perhaps, the most intelligent and accomplished four women to ever join the race for the White House.
Why not hear from them?