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Political Rivals James Carville And His Wife Mary Matalin Have Been Married For Almost 30 Years

Date April 27, 2020 09:24

Love can conquer everything. Even political differences. When James Carville married his political rival Mary Matalin, many people were certain their marriage was just for the show but it’s the most real thing James and Mary have in their lives and, after almost 30 years together, they proved that it was always about love. But how did the two managed to fall in love with each other?

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Who are James Carville and Mary Matalin?

James Carville is known in the words of politics as the man who successfully strategized Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. He is a real expert in U.S. elections and a true Democrat. Carville also gained recognition as a producer, an author, and a talk show host.

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James Carville’s wife, Mary Matalin, is a political consultant. She had been working for the Republicans for the most of her career. She is mostly known for her work for George H. W. Bush’s presidential campaign but she has worked with a number of US Presidents.

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Even though in 2016 Matalin changed her political party to Libertarian, she is still not supporting her husband’s political views. Yet, that doesn’t prevent the two from loving each other. But what is the secret to their strong union?

James Carville and Mary Matalin’s marriage secret

James Carville and his wife might be political rivals but they don’t allow it to influence their marriage. In 1993, the couple tied the knot in New Orleans and over 20 years later, they are still going strong.

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The unlikely pair even wrote a book together called Love & War, which talks about their relationship and how they manage to resolve their differences. The couple shared things that they usually fight about, which include:

  • the Iraq War;
  • money;
  • air-conditioning;
  • pets.

They two also revealed a secret to their long-standing marriage. Carville wrote that it’s important to have an open heart and know what you are getting yourself into:

I knew Mary was nuts a long time ago. But I loved her in spite of it — and probably because of it. I’d rather stay happily married than pick a fight with my wife over politics.

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Matalin once said about their marriage:

Our marriage isn't a democracy. We have a higher calling and responsibility to our family. Considerations in marriages are way different than considerations in politics.

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Carville agreed, adding that when it comes to politics, sometimes it’s wise to just accept that your partner has a different opinion and you won’t be able to change it:

It's a learning process. Sometimes, you just have to understand you are going to disagree. You're not going to change anybody's mind so why talk about it? You just have to let things go.

Despite what people thought about Carville and Matalin’s union, they knew who they married and stuck with each other and they are trying to raise their children with the same outlook on life.

James Carville and Mary Matalin’s daughters

James and Mary welcomed two daughters: Matalin Mary, who’s usually called “Matty” and Emerson Normand, whose nickname is "Emma." In 2018, Emerson became one of New Orleans' debutants. She is studying at a Louisiana State University and wishes to become an event planner.

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With such strong-minded and inspiring parents, we can be certain that both Matty and Emma would achieve great success in their future and we can’t wait to hear more about their endeavours.

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