Meet the men who might be 2020’s first spouse


There are vast differences among the more than a dozen Democrats who have thrown their hats in the ring for the 2020 presidential race, but six of them have something significant in common: Should one of them win, their husband would become the first-ever first spouse.

Until now, the position of first lady has always been held by, well, a lady, and although Hillary Clinton came close, her election loss meant former President Bill Clinton didn’t have a chance to see what life was like operating the other wing of the White House.

“The first dude, first mate, first gentleman,” Hillary Clinton joked to late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2016, considering the title options for her husband. “I’m just not sure about it.”
True, it’s a tricky subject, and first gentleman is what the husbands of female governors are called — so that could be a front-runner. And as for to whom the moniker will be applied, here are the men in contention: