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Would You Ever Vote For an Unmarried Presidential Candidate?

This post was written by PinkNC in the TrèsSugar Community group Citizen 4.0.

Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, born Martha Wayles (October 30th 1748 - Died September 6, 1782 - age 33) was the wife of Thomas Jefferson, who was the third president of the United States. She never became First Lady of the United States because she died long before her husband was elected to the presidency. So technically Thomas Jefferson was unmarried.

James Buchanan (April 23, 1791 - June 1, 1868, aged 77) was the 15th president of the United States (1857 - 1861). He was the only bachelor president and the only resident of Pennsylvania to hold the office of President.

There are other unmarried candidates that made it into office to become president in numerous countries. But all of these people in the US were elected way back in the day when times were surely different.


Here are the questions: Would you ever vote for an unmarried presidential candidate in your country? Do you believe they may think a little less about the value of family and children's education because they don't have a spouse and children of their own?

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Man, woman, married or not, gay, straight, bi, black, white, red, purple whatever. I don't care. As long as they have the proven skills, the passion and the brains to lead a country, I'll vote for them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Great point about marriage and business, lady. In fact, a lot of the time in business, employers prefer candidates who aren't married (or at least who don't have children) because they are willing to dedicate more time to work!
ladychaos ladychaos 7 years
If someone is a born leader, regardless of marital status, they are a born leader. Meaning, if you are qualified as a person to be president, then whats stopping you? Marriage means nothing when it comes to issues. I am unmarried without children, and I still feel passionate about equal marriage rights, education, and affordable health care for low income families. Marital status has no effect on people doing other jobs in government and business, so why does it matter when it comes to the President?
booe1104 booe1104 7 years
P.S. regardless, I love Michelle Obama!
booe1104 booe1104 7 years
Martial status is one of those things I never thought of. It brings up more questions than answers. What if the presidential candidate was a widower? Divorced? We've had presidents with affairs what if they were cheated on? Does any of this make a difference if they can lead the free world?
ECULeah ECULeah 7 years
Of course, I'm unmarried (though around a decade away from actually being able to fun for president) and I don't think that affects my decisions on issues like children's aid or education. Besides, the majority of Americans are single, they need the representation!
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Maybe I'm naive, but I think most people couldn't flat out say they wouldn't vote for someone because they weren't married. It just sounds awful, right ? It would hit them on a subconscious level, I believe. And they would just find other reasons to not give them their vote. As for myself, I honestly couldn't care less.
gummybears123 gummybears123 7 years
yeah i definitely would. i don't really pay much attention to a politician's relationship status.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I don't really care about marital status in politics. I care if they're lying, cheating, tightwad, or immature. Not if they're married. See I'd prefer to vote for someone who has had a grand life, and has the experiences of that, who has traveled, is educated and can preferably speak more than one language. I don't want to vote for someone who wants to raise the drinking age because he has a six year old son.
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 7 years
I would.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
I would definitely vote for an unmarried presidential candidate... as long as I supported his views. I think it's a little disturbing how much people care about candidates' ethnicity, religion, and marital status. That stuff doesn't have anything to do with their platform and shouldn't be biasing people against them. Case in point, the whole "Obama is secretly a Muslim thing". Ugh.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i think being unmarried makes me more mature than the girls i went to high school with who got married young, are in miserable marriages, and can't seem to function without their spouse. if you want to make that generalization, than i'm going to say that married people are co-dependent and unable to make decisions on their own. aren't generalizations fun?
bryseana bryseana 7 years
Being married makes someone "mature"? You haven't met my brother. ha! It's probably never a good idea to make generalizations based on someone's marital status.
Mysti Mysti 7 years
Yes, if I feel that he (or she) is the right candidate.
samantha999 samantha999 7 years
well if its a snooki or jwow - is that the other one - then he will be removed from office by a pack of angry, well coifed women. those girls are just skanky
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
yeah but annette bening is a classt lady... what if the pres wanted to date snooki?? first lady snooki... :scared:
samantha999 samantha999 7 years
Haus then we have that michael douglas film American President
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I'd vote for a Presidential candidate who was single, but only if she's cute.... ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Here's a thought though, our society is so tabloid obsessed... what if he started dating? There could be the risk of his celebrity overshadowing his job... and if he is somewhat of a lothario, that could damage the respect for the office of the presidency... hmmm...
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
I would definitely vote for a candidate that wasn't married if they best lined up with my positions.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I would certainly vote for a non-married for President. I am not married myself, so that might have something to do with it. I wonder how different the results would be if you polled a group of married people and a group of non-married people. It might be just the same though. Hmm.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Sure, but the clear majority of American voters get too wrapped up in things about candidates that really have nothing to do with intent and policy if they were elected. Tradition can be fine but why make it so necessary that we miss out on great things and people for this nation.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
and just because somebody doesn't have kids, doesn't mean they don't care about the well-being of children or education Exactly!
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