Christine Todd Whitman
updated 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
That it does. While she championed such classic Republican positions as lower taxes and smaller government, she made no attempt to hide her pro-choice stance or her support of gay rights—views that set her apart from another GOP winner, Newt Gingrich. "There are a lot of things he said with which I agree." Whitman says. "But I don't agree on others. I would never suggest orphanages for children of welfare mothers."
Whitman learned politics from her late parents, Webster and Eleanor Todd, who were prominent GOP leaders during the 1950s. But family came first. In 1974 she wed John Whitman, now 50, a financial consultant; they have two children, Kate, 17, and Taylor, 15. The former county freeholder, who almost defeated Bill Bradley in the 1990 U.S Senate race, is now being touted as the GOP's first female vice presidential candidate. That's "silly." she says. "I want to do the best job I can for New Jersey." Spoken like a true candidate.