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  •  People are self-conscious about their obesity (4+ / 0-)
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    But the fact is that in running for President, looks matter a lot.  The nation has not had an obese president since Taft.  Clinton was overweight at first, but not Taft or Christie-level.

    "Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." -Voltaire

    by KingofSpades on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:31:46 PM PST

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    •  Recent presidents who weighed over 200lbs (4+ / 0-)
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      Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, LBJ, and Clinton.

      Warren G. Harding
      The 29th president was 6' and weighed 240. He smoked, was thought to be diabetic, and died of a heart attack while in office.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

      by lordpet8 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:49:28 PM PST

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    •  I wouldn't (3+ / 0-)
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      consider Christie's obesity a legitimate issue if it weren't for his temper.

      He's already, as GloFish pointed out, probably at least 300 lbs.  Add to that his tendency to go ballistic, and it seems like he'd be a bigger risk for stroke/heart attack than his opponents.

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