By Judy Kurtz
The weight of a presidential campaign can be a heavy load to carry, and now one online betting site is taking wagers on the actual poundage of the winner of the 2016 election.
The Irish bookmaker Paddy Power gives 15-8 odds that the next POTUS will be light on his or her feet, at 120 pounds or less. The best odds of 11-8 are reserved for the president weighing in anywhere from 121 to 180 pounds. Betters who figure the future commander-in-chief will tip the scales at more than 300 pounds are given the worst odds, at 11-1.
How the potential presidential candidates measure up has long been a massive topic among 2016 watchers.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has bared the brunt of the weight chatter. Before he revealed that he underwent gastric-band surgery earlier this year, a doctor (not involved with his medical care) estimated to Time magazine that the politician weighed about 350 pounds.
Author Ed Klein created controversy last year when he wrote that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looked “overweight.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who has also been the subject of 2016 chatter, told Self magazine that she managed to drop 40 pounds of pregnancy weight by keeping a food journal and through diet and exercise.