ABC News’ Christine Byun Reports: Jeri Thompson, wife of Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson, finally speaks out about her "trophy wife" label.
In her first national print interview of the 2008 election cycle hitting newstands this Friday, Mrs. Thompson tells People Magazine that while she can shrug off the "trophy wife" perception, it’s been "hard not to be defensive."
"To think back on how hard you’ve worked, and all anybody thinks about is that you’re a trophy wife," she says.
Thompson celebrated her 41st birthday this week on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa. She is 24 years younger than her candidate husband.
The spread shows the former Senator’s wife at home in McLean, Virginia, where the couple and their two young children live. In the article, Jeri Thompson talks about her husband’s decision to enter the presidential race and about how she and Thompson, who had been previously married, met in at a Nashville supermarket on the Fourth of July.
Mrs. Thompson says she felt "depressed" upon learning her husband’s White House ambitions because she "didnt want to throw [her] husband to the snakes."