Sunday, March 2, 2008

US Election of 2008 – The Presidential Candidates

US Election of 2008 has brought presidential aspirants in, trying to convince voters that they are just regular folks. As these candidates tour the country trying to inform Americans of their political beliefs and their policy agendas, may we take a look at how these public figures lead their private lives and the factors that highlight them. There are so many of them, however, just the leading four are considered here.

John McCain, Republican

Senator John McCain comes from a military family where both his father and grandfather were U.S. Navy admirals. He has been married twice. His current wife Cindy is 17 years his junior. McCain has 7 children including a 15-year-old adopted daughter from Bangladesh.

The McCain’s have a combine two units in Phoenix's brand-new luxury-condo tower for $4।7 million.

According to HGTV's Web site, this is a Western-style home in Arizona and purchased the house next door to expand their living and entertainment space, making it a single 7,000-square-foot apartment providing amenities such as a zero-edge rooftop pool, an in-house spa, and 24-hour concierge service.

According to MONEY magazine, McCain's net worth is over $40 million. The bulk of his wealth comes from his wife Cindy who is chairman of Hensley & Co., the Anheuser-Busch beer distribution business she inherited from her father. She is an only child and is in charge of the family trusts that are worth millions.

John McCain drives the popular Cadillac CTS. While at home in Hidden Valley, Arizona, his idea of fun is barbecuing.

Mike Huckabee, Republican

An Arkansas governor (1996-2007) and a former Baptist preacher risked ridicules by moving into a trailer -- a nice one -- while the governor's mansion was being renovated. He did it to save taxpayers' money, endured jokes such as, "I'm sorry. I'm running late today. I was on the interstate and got behind the governor's mansion." His current home in North Little Rock, Arkansas is a bit roomier at 5,124 square feet. The house, built in 1991, has a market value of $563,640, according to the local tax assessor.

One of Huckabee's claims to fame was his success at dieting. While blaming his weight on his upbringing, he wrote his book, 'Stop Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,' "in addition to being Southern, I'm also a Baptist, which means that while we 'officially' do not drink alcohol or use tobacco, we are free to eat every kind of food imaginable as long as we fry it and consume it in large portions."

Huckabee drives a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and 1995 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. He plays bass in the band Capitol Offense, which opened for Grand Funk Railroad and Willie Nelson.

Hillary Clinton, Democrat

Senator Hillary Clinton of New York is the candidate having the most famous spouse -- former President, Bill Clinton whom together have one daughter, Chelsea (28) who is also rallying support and speaking publicly on her behalf.

After moving out of the White House in 1999, they paid $1.7 million to move into a Dutch colonial five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 5,200-square feet, circa 1889 house in Chappaqua, N.Y., sits on an area of 1.1 acres in a woodsy Westchester suburb. This is now valued by at $4.13million.

Although their post-Monica Lewinsky debts forced the Clintons to ask Democratic fund raiser Terry McAuliffe to guarantee their original loan, lucrative speaking engagements and Hillary's book deal afforded the couple to buy a second home in D.C. 16 months later for $2.85 million.

Hillary Clinton is worth between $10 million and $50 million. Much of her wealth comes from Bill's speaking fees. He has earned millions since leaving office. She is driven around in a Ford hybrid by Secret Service agents when she is at home. She once told Marie Claire magazine that she loves to walk in the outdoors, "just breathing and letting it all go."

Barack Obama, Democrat

Senator Obama seems a pauper compared to the other candidates, with an assets of between $456,012 and $1.1 million. He and his wife Michelle have daughters Malia (9) and Sasha (6). Barack Obama is officially a hunk. 'People' magazine included him on its A-list of beach babes such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jessica Alba and Hugh Jackman.

In 2005 he and his wife Michelle, an administrator at the University of Chicago Hospitals, spent almost as much as the Clintons, $1.65 million, on a Georgian-revival home surrounded by a wrought-iron fence in Kenwood, a landmark district on Chicago's South Side. This is a large, 3-story stately brick home with an estimated value of $1.9 million. A leading Chicago newspaper describes it as a "96-year-old Georgian revival home that has four fireplaces, glass-door bookcases fashioned from Honduran mahogany, and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar." Obama's biggest brand-name supporter Ophra Winfrey, lives on the pricier North Side. (For further reading, "Lifestyles of the Presidential Candidates.")

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coolingstar9 said...

US election is closely watched by many people.
After reading your blog, I am now more familiar with candicates from both party.
Now, voters must select between obama and clinton.
Lets closely watch the presidential race.
Have a nice day.

M4M said...

You did do a great job profiling :)

oims (visiting from blogcatalog)

aor said...

Thanks to both of you for stopping by and making comments ... All the best...