Living life in the public eye 24 hours a day requires a level of poise and patience that the vast majority of us don’t have. But this is life for the presidential candidate, where even the smallest slip-up of any kind can result in a news cycle or two being dedicated to your inadequacies. Of course, if you want to the top job in the country, that level of scrutiny is warranted — but it can take a toll.
For that reason, the candidates need to have ways to unwind. To unpack. To recharge their batteries. We all have something that we do — be it go fishing on the weekends, or maybe drink ourselves into a stupor a few nights a week. We do whatever we have to to get away from it all, if we can.
The candidates are no different. Although, they may do a whole lot of “message control” surrounding just what, exactly, their method of unwinding is. You wouldn’t likely vote for someone who’s known to go out to nightclubs and get in fights, for example. You’ll probably vote for the candidate that spends time volunteering, or cross-stitching.
So, how do the candidates unwind? While there is a lot of control around what we actually see, when it comes to the private lives of these folks, we do have some idea. Here are how the remaining candidates relax, even in the midst of a heated campaign.
1. Ted Cruz
Let’s be honest, Ted Cruz doesn’t seem like all that fun of a guy. Reportedly, very few people on Capitol Hill think much of him, and as a deeply religious man, he’s likely not living a wild and crazy life when the cameras aren’t on him. Plus, he has a family to think of. So, what do we know about him?
Rumor has it that he’s a video game addict, for one. The Daily Beast reports that he loves mobile games like Plants vs. Zombies and Candy Crush. Other than that? He we know he spends time studying law (he was a law professor and holds degrees from Ivy League universities) and polishing his stump game.
2. John Kasich
John Kasich is finally getting some buzz, though it may be too little, too late. Kasich, like Cruz, is a religious man and even considered becoming a Catholic priest at one time. But with that in the past, we know that Kasich spends time reading and writing, as he is an accomplished author (he even hosted a TV show on Fox News for several years). Also, he likes to exercise and get out on the golf course.
3. Donald Trump
Does Trump ever unwind? It’s hard to say — between being a reality TV star, running his business empire, and now running for office, Trump is clearly a busy guy. But if we were to point to one hobby or interest outside of his public persona, it’d have to be golf. Trump is an avid golfer and a member of some rather prestigious golf clubs. Of course, he’s also found time to write several books, and he likes to tweet.
Oh, and show up at Wrestlemania.
4. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton’s public persona is image are very tightly controlled. Having been in the public eye for decades now, there really isn’t a whole lot that we don’t know about her. Having served as First Lady, Secretary of State, and a senator, Clinton’s had a life rife with stress, and she’s evidently ready for more. To unwind, we know that Clinton likes to swim and has a knack for interior decorating. Profiles of her also say that she enjoys gardening, organizing her closet, and playing word games.
5. Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders has dedicated his life to fighting for social justice and public service, and just recently entered the mainstream as a surprise surging candidate, despite his socialist beliefs. Sanders has had a wild ride, and his campaign has gone on far longer than anyone expected. But how does he get away from all the pressure? Well, we don’t know a lot. But we know that he enjoys music, both listening to it, and making it. Really, that’s about it.
According to a New York Times article, Luke Albee, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy’s former chief of staff, said that Sanders “has no hobbies. He works. He doesn’t take time off. Bernie doesn’t even eat lunch. The idea of building a fire and reading a book and going on vacation, that’s not something he does.”
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