Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will face Democrat Hillary Clinton during a primetime debate Monday night at Hofstra University. The two candidates, sparring over topics ranging from immigration to the Islamic State, don’t see eye-to-eye on much — and that includes actually seeing eye-to-eye.
At 6-feet 2-inches, Trump is nearly a head taller than 5-feet 4-inch Clinton. It’s why Clinton requested from the Commission on Presidential Debates a custom lectern during the debate to reduce the height difference, according to the New York Post. It’s not the first time a candidate has asked for special treatment related to height, the Post explains.
And although Clinton’s height has been debated, most recently she’s been listed at 5-feet 7 inches, Trump’s measurements have remained relatively stagnant.
Stacked up against previous presidential candidates, Trump is among the tallest, according to a report compiled by U.S. News. Former New York Gov. George Pataki was the tallest Republican candidate, listed at 6-feet 5 inches, with Rick Santorum and Jeb Bush coming in at a close second — 6’2″.
Trump is slightly taller than President Barack Obama, who is 6’1″, but, if elected, will be the sixth U.S. president listed at 6’2″.
President Abraham Lincoln, who presided from 1861 to 1865, is the tallest president on record, towering at 6’4″. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) is the second-tallest in history at 6’3″ and Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) rounds out the top three at 6’2.5″, according to records.
In the 47 presidential elections where height for both candidates was known, the taller man won 27 times — about 57 percent. The Scientific American, in a 2008 article, noted the trend included Obama’s victory over Arizona Sen. John McCain; height did not matter, however, in 2012 when 6’2″ Mitt Romney lost to Obama.
President George W. Bush is 5’11.5″, along with William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon. James Madison (1809-1817) was the shortest president on record, measuring 5’4″, and Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) and Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) — both at 5’6″ — round out the bottom three.
Height is sometimes associated with personal dominance, studies show. That might be why Trump, during the Republican debate on Fox News, called Florida Sen. Marco Rubio “little Marco.” Rubio responded by calling Trump “big Donald” with a smirk on his face.
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