Michelle Obama, Ann Romney: a study in contrasts
WASHINGTON (AFP) - One is black, the other white. One was born into wealth, the other came from a working class family in Chicago.
As with the two presidential candidates, their wives - Mrs Ann Romney and First Lady Michelle Obama - provide a stark study in contrasts, in an election year in which a preference for one or the other presidential spouse could have more weight than usual with the Nov 6 election outcome expected to be close.
Both women are viewed as gracious, effective advocates for their husbands, Democratic United States (US) President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mr Mitt Romney.
Political experts say that people vote for the president - not their partner on the home front.