This discussion between the national ticket of the Radical
Democracy-Congressman John Cochrane, the vice-presidential nominee, and General
John Fremont, the presidential nominee-points to the popularity of the latter's
wife, Jessie. When Cochrane advises using her to generate interest in their
campaign, a shocked Fremont responds disdainfully that he would give the public
rats instead. At the time, it was unusual for wives of candidates to play a
visible role in their husbands' campaigns (see "Role of Women" in Campaigning) .