Bipartisan conversation with campaign spouses

At the 2007 California Women’s conference, Maria Shriver moderates a conversation with presidential candidates’ spouses — Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy Hensley McCain, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, and Jeri Thompson.

It’s a 51 minute video so enjoy whatever you want from it.

Kind of interesting to see them all together discussing mutual interests. My wife found it.


Here’s a news report on the event:

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 23 — Despite news reports casting them as leading voices in their husbands’ campaigns, the spouses of several of the 2008 presidential candidates played down their influence at a joint appearance Tuesday.

At a first-of-its-kind forum moderated by Maria Shriver, the television journalist and wife of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), five would-be first ladies — Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney and Jeri Thompson — each talked about balancing family life with her husband’s presidential ambitions before more than 14,000 women at a convention center here during the annual Conference for Women.

Despite the outspoken Shriver’s repeated attempts to draw the wives into conversations about political strategy, they refused to bite.

“I’m not even qualified to do any of the other stuff,” Thompson, the wife of former senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), said of campaign strategy. Edwards said speculation about her own tactical role is “completely overplayed.”