Calif.'s First Couple Girds for Campaign

McCain, Obama signs duel for space on Governator's lawn
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2008 8:10 AM CDT
Calif.'s First Couple Girds for Campaign
JOhn Mccain, right, shakes hands with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, at Finelite, Inc., in Union City, Calif., Thursday, May 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have worked different sides of the political aisle for decades, but the California first couple's agreement to disagree is getting its most high-profile workout this year, the New York Times reports, as Arnold backs McCain and Maria champions Obama. Signs for the rival candidates compete for space outside the couple's home, and both are considered key backers for their candidates in an important state.

Both are possible convention speakers, and Shriver is a potential chairwoman for Obama’s California effort. Not surprisingly, politics is a common breakfast table conversation. “I think there are great benefits to having kids grow up understanding that we do not live in a one-party system,” Shriver tells the Times. “That there are two ways at looking at an issue." Only one of the couple's four children is old enough to vote this fall—and she favors Obama. (Read more Arnold Schwarzenegger stories.)

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