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I respect that decision

I am continuing to listen, continuing to research and learn about potential candidates for the next presidential election, but I have to say that this article, where Dean states that he refuses to drag his wife along as a prop to get elected, was kind of interesting.

I am not denigrating those who choose to assist their spouses in running for office. That, too, is a valid choice. However, it is also refreshing to see a candidate's spouse who says "I have my own work to do, and the campaign limelight doesn't suit me," and goes about business as usual.

In my opinion, both choices are valid, but we constantly get bombarded with campaign flyers that have picture-perfect family portraits trying to use the carefully-constructed image of normalcy as a selling point. And hey, if you have an extroverted family that is comfortable being in the public eye, then that's dandy. Nevertheless, it's healthy to recognize that trying to have some privacy and stability is also worthy, and regardless of how I end up voting, I respect them for not caving into pressure to have all family members do the political stage circuit.

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dublingal_ny
Jan. 8th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
His wife is one of the most interesting things about him, in my humble opinion. She seems like a hardworking, well-regarded person. She'd be a good first lady, in a very different way to Hillary or Laura. I was also impressed to read (somewhere) that when he was Vermont guv Dean sat down for breakfast every single morning with his kids. Nice.
pointedview
Jan. 8th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
That is nice to know -- about breakfast with his children. *nods* Thank you for responding; I appreciate the information and the feedback! :)
weetanya
Jan. 8th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
YumMmMmMmM!!!

delicious!

thank you so much for the cheesypoofs!
pointedview
Jan. 8th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
You are quite welcome! *smiles* You got them in two varieties: the 18 minute toast (D's preference) and the 17 minute toast (my preference). :)
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