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October 4th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

Does a candidate's spouse hold all the power in political decisions?

The Chris Christie watch continues this morning. The New Jersey governor has called a 1pm ET press conference today to announce whether he intends to run for president in 2012. Some reports say the most important voice in making the decision was his wife, Pat.

This also comes on the heels of reports that Ann Romney is heading to Iowa today for three days to support her husband, and Gov. Rick Perry's wife Anita has reportedly set up an office in Iowa to help out.

Michelle Obama has long been dubbed Obama's "secret weapon" on the campaign trail.

So how important is a candidate's spouse to a campaign?

This morning, Christine Romans talks with Ann Gerhart author of the book "The Perfect Wife" who recently wrote a front page article for The Washington Post about the importance of the spouse to a presidential candidate. Gerhart explains why the guidance of a spouse could make or break a campaign.

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