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Can You Match These Presidential Candidate Spouses to Their Convention Speeches?

     

Melania Trump speaking at the 2016 RNC. (Disney | ABC Television Group)

Melania Trump speaking at the 2016 RNC. (Disney | ABC Television Group)

If you're running for president, what's in a spouse?

At the Republican National Convention, first Lady hopeful Melania Trump gave a speech that she got both praised and blasted for, because of allegations that part of it was plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

Meanwhile, at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton delivered the first-ever potential first gentleman (FGOTUS?) speech at a major party presidential convention.

These speeches continue a long-standing tradition of presidential candidate spouses raising their voices in support of their partners’ campaigns. These spouses’ performances both behind the scenes and on stage can actually make a serious impact on voters, and they have delivered some impressive sentiments throughout the years.

Can you match these candidate spouses to the quotes from their convention speeches?

Credit to Kicker intern extraordinaire Elizabeth Harvey.

1

“We cannot tell from day to day what may come. This is no ordinary time. No time for weighing anything except what we can do best for the country as a whole, and that responsibility rests on each and every one of us as individuals.”


Eleanor Roosevelt: DNC 1940, Chicago
Laura Bush: RNC 2004, New York City
Frances Cleveland: DNC 1888, St. Louis
2

“We have learned that to raise a happy, healthy, and hopeful child, it takes a family. It takes teachers. It takes clergy. It takes business people. It takes community leaders. It takes those who protect our health and safety. It takes all of us. Yes, it takes a village. And it takes a president.”


Michelle Obama: DNC 2012, Charlotte
Hillary Clinton: DNC 1996, Chicago
Rosalynn Carter: DNC 1976, New York City
3

“To quote the hymn that inspired his book, he believes we all have ‘a charge to keep,’ — a responsibility to use our different gifts to serve a cause greater than self.”


Laura Bush: RNC 2000, Philadelphia
Elizabeth Dole: RNC 1996, San Diego
Cindy McCain: RNC 2008, Saint Paul
4

“Y a todos los Hispanos, y los Latinos; a tous les Franco Americains, a tutti Italiani; a toda a familia Portugesa e Brazileria; and to all the continental Africans living in this country, and to all the new Americans in our country: I invite you to join in our conversation, and together with us work towards the noblest purpose of all: a free, good and democratic society.”


Tipper Gore: DNC 2000, Los Angeles
Elizabeth Dole: RNC 2000, Philadelphia
Teresa Heinz Kerry: DNC 2004, Boston
5

“So this is quite unusual for me, but I do want to thank all of you for your friendship and your loyal support. ... I shall remember it always.”


Nancy Reagan: RNC 1984, Dallas
Pat Nixon: RNC 1972, Miami
Ann Romney: RNC 2012, Tampa
6

“I've seen how the issues that come across a President's desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer ... the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error. And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.”


Laura Bush: RNC 2004, New York City
Hillary Clinton: DNC 1996, Chicago
Michelle Obama: DNC 2012, Charlotte
7

“This gives me the chance to say something to you that I’ve wanted to say for a long time. ... I know that you’re not aware of it, but I drew on your strength many times, particularly the first year in the White House.”


Nancy Reagan: RNC 1984, Dallas
Eleanor Roosevelt: DNC 1940, Chicago
Lady Bird Johnson: DNC 1964, Atlantic City
8

“I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.”


Tipper Gore: DNC 2000, Los Angeles
Ann Romney: RNC 2012, Tampa
Cindy McCain: RNC 2008, St. Paul
9

“I'd really like to talk for a moment to parents who have sacrificed for their children. You may be exhausted from working a job or two jobs and taking care of your children or you may have put your career on hold. Either way, you may wonder as I did every now and then, am I really doing the right thing? Yes, you are.”


Hillary Clinton: DNC 1992, New York City
Barbara Bush: RNC 1992, Houston
Michelle Obama: DNC 2008, Denver
10

"As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love and compassion for each other that will bring us together – and keep us together."


Melania Trump: RNC 2016
Michelle Obama: DNC 2016
Bill Clinton: DNC, 2016

Can You Match These Presidential Candidate Spouses to Their Convention Speeches?

Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

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