While everyone knows former President Bill Clinton is an excellent campaigner, another Democratic presidential candidate’s spouse may also prove to be an asset in the 2016 election.
The New York Times reported that Jane Sanders, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife, recently marched with her husband in Baltimore to protest the police killing of Freddie Gray. She also appeared with the candidate in Iowa, where she greeted supporters; and plans to accompany him on campaign swings through the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in January.
Jane Sanders often urges her husband to remain positive and upbeat during his stump speeches. “Doom and gloom!” she tells him. “Any hope at the end of the tunnel?” The 64-year-old woman was heavily involved in briefing her mate before the most recent Democratic candidates’ debate.
“She may, with the exception of Bill Clinton, be the most politically active and experienced spouse in the 2016 presidential election,” according to the Times. In 1990, she was then-Rep. Bernie Sanders’ chief of staff. Later, she became his press secretary and media consultant.
“She has his ear like no one else in discussions at a very high level,” said David Weinstein, Sanders’ senior policy adviser. “She speaks for Bernie, and it’s not just because she’s his wife. It’s because she is his confidante.”