Michelle Obama brings Republican date to the debate
It’s no surprise that Michelle Obama will be rooting for her husband, Barack Obama, when the Democratic presidential candidate squares off against Republican John McCain in their final debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York tonight.
What is a little startling, however, is that sitting right next to her will be Lilibet Hagel, the wife of Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel.
The Obama campaign said Lilibet Hagel, a Republican who has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate, will attend the debate as Michelle Obama’s “special guest.”
Sen. Hagel, who considered running for president himself, is sometimes mentioned as a possible Republican secretary of state, though it would seem unlikely — but not inconceivable — that Obama might pick him for a Cabinet spot if the Democrat wins.
The decision to seat Hagel’s wife next to Michelle Obama may be designed to appeal to Republicans and independents as the U.S. presidential race enters its final three weeks.
- – Photo credit: Reuters/Ali Jarekji (Obama stands next to Hagel during a visit to Amman, Jordan in July 2008)