Don't Cry for Prez Hopeful 'Queen Cristina'

Argentine first lady holds huge lead in race for hubby's job
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 10:08 AM CDT
Don't Cry for Prez Hopeful 'Queen Cristina'
In this picture released by Argentina's Presidency, Argentina's President Nestor Kichner talks with his wife and presidential candidate, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as they attend a ceremony marking the 120th anniversary of the Argentine Industrial Union in Buenos Aires, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007....   (Associated Press)

As Hillary Clinton makes a run for the White House, another first lady seeks to take the reins directly from her husband's hands. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a senator widely dubbed "Queen Cristina," enjoys a 25-point lead over her closest rival in next month's election. The Kirchners have been crisscrossing the globe to advertise, essentially, their shared presidency.

Néstor Kirchner became president in 2003 during an economic crisis and has supported his wife's campaign rather then risk a lame-duck second term. His wife, who has focused almost exclusively on foreign affairs, will meet with Bill Clinton tomorrow, the Times reports. But she ignores domestic affairs at her peril: Inflation has hit 15%. (Read more Argentina stories.)

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