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'08 Candidates: Making Time for Love

Curious to know how some of the '08 presidential hopefuls and their loved ones are celebrating Valentine's Day?

Mitt and Ann Romney
Mitt Romney and his ONLY wife, Ann, walk hand-in-hand Tuesday at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. (AP)

Well, it certainly could be a big night for Jill Biden if what her husband, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), said last summer carries any weight at home.

Last June, Biden told his leadership PAC supporters that he'd "rather be at home making love to my wife" than out campaigning for president.

Mrs. Biden may have lucked out! Biden's spokeswoman, Annie Tomasini, told The Sleuth that the senator is "planning on spending the day at home with his wife in Wilmington." Though she suggested that things could turn south for Mrs. Biden if the weather continues to improve and the Senate schedules votes late this afternoon, as expected.

(Sleuth to Mrs. Biden: Hide the Senator's Blackberry, disable the phones!)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and his wife, Ann, are going to be "Palmetto State Paramours," Romney's spokesman, Kevin Madden, declared in an e-mail to The Sleuth.

He wrote, "The governor will be spending Valentine's Day with his wife of almost 38 years -- Ann -- in Columbia, South Carolina, on the campaign trail."

Earlier this week, Mrs. Romney bragged about her strong marriage, proclaiming that the "biggest difference between Mitt Romney and the other candidates" is that Romney "only had one wife."

Still, it appears thrice-married Rudy Giuliani is winning support in South Carolina, as is twice-married John McCain, so we'll just have to see whether religion or divorce becomes the dealbreaker for voters.

But we digress.

Other '08 candidates who got back to us and acknowledged they are celebrating Valentine's Day include Democratic frontrunners Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) While Clinton's spokesman indicated the Clintons will be mooning by candlelight on this most romantic day of the year, Obama's camp, in typical press-averse fashion, said work might take precedent over love.

Asked how Obama might be celebrating the (Hallmark) holiday and whether he and his wife have a favorite Valentine's Day ritual, spokesman Bill Burton told The Sleuth, "If I told you before his wife knew, it wouldn't be good for me. But I can assure you that he's going to spend the day being the best senator he can be."

The best senator, not the best Valentine? How romantic...

Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines, said the senator and her husband are pro-Cupid and "spend every Valentine's Day together, have done so for as long as any of us can recall."

Since the Senate is expected to be in session this afternoon, Clinton has a full work day in Washington. Weather permitting, Reines said, "President Clinton will be coming down to D.C. so that they can celebrate Valentine's Day together." But he wouldn't say where, lest Page Six show up to get tomorrow's lead scoop.

"While there's nothing more romantic than having the New York Post at the next table over from you, we're going to keep the details of their plans tonight private."

Update, 1:15 p.m. ET: Democratic presidential aspirant Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor, is also putting work before love. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Vilsack is spending the day campaigning in northern California while his wife, Christie, is working in Des Moines for the Vilsack Foundation.

"So, in short, they are spending Valentine's Day doing the things they love, but they won't get to spend the day with the one they love. They'll have to wait until Tom returns to Iowa on Saturday for that," Earnest said.

The Sleuth will update this post later if more presidential candidates embrace public disclosure on their V-Day plans.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 14, 2007; 11:45 AM ET
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