February 11th, 2008
02:10 PM ET

More valuable spouse: Bill Clinton or Michelle Obama?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are not that far apart on many of the issues. But when it comes to their spouses, the differences couldn't be more glaring.

The Wall Street Journal reports today about the evolving role of Michelle Obama. The Princeton and Harvard Law-educated wife of the democratic front-runner has become an influential adviser. She's been nicknamed "the closer" because she often pushes harder to seal the deal with voters than Barack does. She generally stays away from discussing policy and strategy, but gets very involved with issues that affect her personally, like being a working mom.

Michelle has also given people a peek into their personal lives: Barack snores and doesn't put the butter back in the refrigerator.

She says part of her role is to "give people yet another slice of who Barack is, making him even more multidimensional." She says her comments about his foibles were so people wouldn't "deify" him.

Then there is the other spouse in the race. That would be the 42nd president of the United States. Quoting the Journal story, Bill Clinton has "come across at times as the empathetic, seasoned onetime leader of the free world – but at other times as the red-faced, argumentative attack-dog-in-chief."

Some suggest he may have hurt Hillary, especially with some of the things he said in South Carolina. Since then, it seems like the campaign has toned down Clinton's role, and he hasn't been going on the attack against Obama.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to the candidates’ spouses, who is more valuable: Bill Clinton or Michelle Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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