Lindsey Graham has served in both chambers of Congress, but one detail of his private life is threatening to overshadow other aspects of his campaign: the fact that he’s never been married.
Only two bachelors—James Buchanan and Grover Cleveland—have ever been elected U.S. president.
Graham's considered a long shot, to be fair. But does it matter that he is a lifelong bachelor? Does this part of his private life have any bearing on his ability to become a sound world leader? Would you vote for someone running for the presidency or other high office who’s a bachelor or a bachelorette?
Julian Zelizer, Professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of many books on American political history, including his latest, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.” (Penguin Press, 2015)