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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, February 02, 2004

    First lady material? 

    Years ago, no one cared about presidential wives, at least not enough to let them influence the vote. This year, though, everyone wondered if the country was "ready" for someone like Teresa Heinz Kerry to be first lady. She's too outspoken, they say. Too frank. Opinionated enough to make Hillary look demure. To boot, she's filthy rich, which might not sit well with voters struggling to pay the mortgage.

    Could the pundits - gasp! the pundits?- be wrong? Heinz Kerry was all over Iowa and New Hampshire and John Kerry won both states.

    "If her husband is elected," says G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Millersville University, "she'd be one of the most interesting first ladies we've ever had."

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 11:51 AM



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