We're happy to present this story from one of our favorite sites, Fox News Magazine. Today, we hear some experts' reasons on making it through election season with a politically polar opposite partner.
Ryan and Taryn have been dating for two years. He's a conservative while she's a self-proclaimed "bleeding-heart liberal." And as the presidential campaign gets into full swing, the Washington-DC based couple acknowledges that some tension may creep into the relationship ahead of Election Day.
Sound familiar? We asked some relationship experts how couples with different views can get through election season.
Decide if You're Willing to Date Across the Aisle
When it comes to dating across party lines, experts recommend deciding how important your partner's political beliefs are to you before getting in too deep.
Wildly different political views "can be a complete deal breaker" says matchmaker Janis Spindel, who also advises that couples avoid talking politics when they first start seeing each other.
"If you have really strong political views, you might not want to waste your time dating outside your political party," says YourTango expert Kate Richlin-Zack. "You're only asking for trouble. It's hard to avoid especially when many of the hot button political issues hit very close to home."
Find Common Ground
Of course, not all couples with different political views are doomed. And if you find yourself in a committed relationship with someone who holds different beliefs, try to avoid tension this campaign season by embracing the positives.
"Focus on what you have in common," Richlin-Zack advises. "There are probably some issues where you both agree."
For Taryn and Ryan, their relationship works because they both consider it a team effort.
"We have to work together to work through our differences," Ryan says.
And "It doesn't hurt to be with a guy who tells you every day that he loves you, even if you are a bleeding-heart liberal," Taryn says.
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