Significant Others: The Spouses of the 2012 GOP Candidates--PICTURES
By National Journal Staff
Updated: October 17, 2011 | 3:58 p.m.
October 11, 2011 | 1:15 p.m.
Spouse: Rick Perry
On the Issues: On the HPV vaccination: "I’m pro-immunization. I would have supported the vaccine. I do not see it as an opening for sexual promiscuity in any way. I see it as another immunization." … On tuition for children of illegal immigrants: "Either we take care of those populations, or they get on welfare, which is a greater cost to our taxpayers."
Spouse: Mitt Romney
On the Issues:As first lady, she would devote herself to youth. “At-risk youth has been a concern of mine and love of mine for a lot of years,” she said.
Occupation: Clinical therapist, Christian counseling center operator
On the Issues: Bachmann has gained attention over rumors that his counseling center attempts to "cure" gay patients of their homosexuality. He referred to gays as "barbarians" in a radio interview.
Occupation: Homemaker, teacher, librarian
On the Issues: Mrs. Cain has been quiet during the campaign so far. “Don’t expect the traditional amount of exposure you normally get from a campaign wife,” Herman Cain said. “She’s not going to do that.”
(Friends of Herman Cain)
On the Issues: Karen Santorum wrote pointedly on the issue of abortion when her son Gabriel died just after being born prematurely in 1996. "When the partial-birth abortion vote comes to the floor of the U.S. Senate for the third time," Karen wrote in a letter addressed to Gabriel, "your Daddy needs to proclaim God's message for life with even more strength and devotion to the cause."
Mary Kaye Huntsman
Occupation: Former dental assistant, philanthropist
On the Issues: Huntsman has been active in a variety of causes, especially juvenile diabetes and anti-smoking campaigns. Time magazine said that she has "political gifts that rival her husband's" and should be a major asset in his campaign.
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