In the race for '08, strong and smart women and one ex-President are a force on the campaigns. The compliant spouse, neatly coiffed and smiling in the background, is a thing of the past.
The candidates' spouses are giving their own speeches and playing the politics, but moreover, they are making news. Elizabeth Edwards took on Ann Coulter. A speech Michelle Obama made last week was construed as a veiled dig at Hillary.
Some of the spouses are taking opposite stances on the issues, reasoning no couple agrees on everything after decades of marriage.
This hour On Point: the candidates' power spouses and what they mean for this presidential race.
Judy Bachrach, contributor to Vanity Fair and author of "Giuliani's Princess Bride" in the September issue of Vanity Fair;
Eleanor Clift, contributing editor and "Capitol Letter" columnist for Newsweek;
Allida Black, Research Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University and Project Director and Editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
This program aired on August 29, 2007.