Summarized by Kent Larsen
How Orrin Hatch Met His Valentine
(Top candidates' top valentines)
Washington Times Insight on the News pg16 14Feb00 P2
By Aimee Howd
The Washington Times focused on the valentines of the presidential
candidates for their Valentine's Day edition, and included Orrin and
Elaine Hatch, presumably because the material was prepared before
Hatch dropped out of the presidential race. Orrin and Elaine met at
BYU, but only after they got to know each other through letters while
Orrin was on an LDS mission.
Because of the letters, Hatch says they didn't date in a formal way,
"The interesting thing is that Elaine and I never had a formal date:"
the senator told Insight. "We fell in love through letters while I
was on my mission." Hatch said that after he returned from his
mission, it took him nine months to "scrape together the money to buy
her a nice ring," he says. "Then I told her I wanted to marry her and
I asked if she would accept the ring. I was so happy when she said
Howd's article includes profiles of the ways that all the major
presidential candidates met their spouses and asked for marriage, and
includes at the end the proposal she recently received, one which
probably has been or will be copied by some LDS man.