Score 59 for Romney and 55 for Obama on the love scale.
Joe Biden's Love Address
Interestingly, Vice President Joe Biden took a similar tact to the president in his convention speech with an opening comment directly declaring devotion to his wife. Like Obama, he addressed her by name, and used those three simple magic words: "I love you."
Expanding the romance, he let us deeper into his boudoir talk, with a poetic twist, when he added, "You're the love of my life and the life of my love."
What woman would not be seduced by the thought of a man so wildly pursuing her love?
Unashamedly, Biden declared in his speech how thrilled he was to hear his wife say publicly in her address at the convention, "I've always loved you." Here was a man admitting his relief in being told he's loved, after a history of five pleas before getting her nod.
Another healthy relationship move the V.P. did: value your wife's career -- again, the more publicly the better.
The happiest spouse will say, "He helps me be who I really want to be," and, "He tells the world how wonderful I am."
Biden's acknowledgement of his wife's accomplishments as a teacher would make any female voter think, "I want a man like that in my life."
In the past, President Obama has also admitted to pursuing his wife before she finally gave in and dated him.
A man willing to be vulnerable and admit his pursuit of being loved is appealing indeed. So is the Romney story of childhood sweethearts in long-lasting love.
With the American people suffering so much from fractured families and financial woes, the candidates would do well to invoke these qualities of healthy relationships in their race for the hearts of Americans.
Judy Kuriansky is a clinical psychologist and couples counselor who goes by the name of "Dr. Judy" and is well known for dispensing advice on the radio. She has donated to a Republican presidential campaign in the past. The opinions expressed here are her own.