Elizabeth Edwards: The Toughest Job in Politics

Could YOU do it? The job of Spouse is one of the toughest in politics.

By Kerri Miller

Elizabeth Edwards
The spouse | Elizabeth Edwards, 58
Day job | Former bankruptcy lawyer
The candidate | Former Senator John Edwards (D.-N.C.), 54
Why he’s the candidate, not her
"I was president of my junior class, so I got it all out of my system.’‘
Source: The New York Times Magazine, "Running Mate" interview with Deborah Solomon, Sept. 5, 2004
Why her cancer hasn’t ended the campaign
"You know, you really have two choices here. I mean, either you push forward with the things that you were doing yesterday or you start dying. That seems to be your only two choices. If I had given up everything that my life was about, I — first of all, I’d let cancer win before it needed to. And I just basically start dying. I don’t want to do that. I want to live. And I want to do the work that I — I want next year to look like last year, and the year after that and the year after that. And the only way to do that is to say, ‘I’m going to keep on with my life.’‘’
Source: 60 Minutes, John & Elizabeth Edwards interview with Katie Couric, March 25, 2007

Cindy McCain
The spouse | Cindy McCain, 53
Day job | Chairperson of her family’s bottling company
The candidate | Senator John McCain (R.-Ariz.), 70
How she deals with questions about her husband’s age
"I would challenge anybody to keep up with him … He hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim, with our son … Age is not a factor here.’‘
Source: FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, April 2, 2007
Whether she likes the whole idea of campaigning
"I do. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. There are — I’ll freely admit there are portions of it I don’t like, and that’s when it turns — it turns to the down side. But for the most part, I’ve always enjoyed it. I’ve always been by my husband’s side through all of the races that we’ve been in and it’s fun. It’s really, really fun.’‘
Source: CNN Larry King Live, April 25, 2007

Judith Nathan Giuliani
The spouse | Judith Nathan Giuliani, 52
Day job | Former nurse and drug company executive
The candidate | Former GOP mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, 63
If she’ll sit in on policy meetings as first lady, as Giuliani suggested
"... If he asks me to, yes, and certainly, in the areas of health care.’‘
Source: ABC’s 20/20, March 30, 2007 interview with Barbara Walters
Was he as surprised as the media to learn that she’d been married not once, but twice before?
"Rudy and I have always known everything about each other … I have just recently begun — I think they call it in the political world — being ‘rolled out publicly.’ ... and when I was asked, we discussed it. That was my decision.’‘
Source: ABC’s 20/20, March 30, 2007 interview with Barbara Walters

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