James Carville and Mary Matalin

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Political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin may be husband and wife, but when it comes to politics, they're on opposite ends of the spectrum. "In preparation for the big day, we're moving to our respected corners," Mary jokes. While James says he'll be spending Election Day in New York at CNN, Mary says she'll be continuing her ritual of taking her daughters to the polls with her. "I get all choked up. I cry," she says. "They roll their eyes."

Although their daughters may not be invested in the political process yet, James and Mary say they hope their differing views teach a bigger lesson. "What we try to do at home is, rather than fight, [ask,] 'How do we resolve what we disagree about?'" Mary says. "And that's good for them to learn how to do."

While they may be political opposites, the couple strongly agrees on one thing—everyone needs to get out and vote! "To me, it's almost incomprehensible that somebody wouldn't care enough to go out and vote, particularly in a presidential election," James says.

Mary says voting makes people a part of their community as well as something bigger. "There's no way a vote doesn't count in this country, because this is a very closely divided country," she says. "That's not a bad thing. That's a good thing. But just for the fun, if you don't believe us, just go out there try it one time—you'll be hooked."
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Published on November 04, 2008

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