Of Thee I Sing Redux: Presidential Candidate Call for Love | Playbill

News Of Thee I Sing Redux: Presidential Candidate Call for Love
Trailing Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich may have found a resonant campaign issue in the plot of an old Broadway musical. Like John P. Wintergreen of the 1931 Gershwin brothers musical Of Thee I Sing, the Ohio congressman and bachelor is searching for love.

At a Nov. 5 debate in New Hampshire, when discussing women's issues, Kucinich said he longed for an "outspoken, dynamic mate," according to Reuters. "I would definitely want someone who would not just be there by my side," he said, "but be a working partner because I think we're in a day and age when partnerships are imperative to making anything happen in the world. And I certainly want a dynamic, outspoken woman who was fearless in her desire for peace in the world and for universal single payer health care and a full employment economy." He ended by saying, "If you are out there, call me." Since then, a political website called PoliticsNH.com has begun accepting personal ads for Kucinich. So far, two women have posted their availability. PoliticsNH.com has said it will let readers vote on a winner among the willing partners.

In Of Thee I Sing, the Wintergreen campaign, searching for a viable issue to define their candidate, choose the topic of love. A beauty pageant is held in Atlantic City to find the would-be president's new wife.

The last bachelor to be elected president was Grover Cleveland, who assumed office in 1885. He married one year later, while in office.

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