Written by Matthew Larotonda for abcnews.go.com
President Barack Obama and Rick Santorum have at least one thing they can agree on: Both men chose a stout Guinness to celebrate St. Patrickâ€™s Day.
The president drew his beer at a local pub in Washington, wading his way through hundreds of green-clad revelers. Meanwhile, Santorum drank his with traditional corned beef at a Missouri Irish restaurant.
The imagery of the events could remind voters of a question that seems to pop up in every election: Which candidate would Americans rather share a drink with?
The concept could seem oversimplified but it entertains a larger issue of character in politics. Voters want a candidate who is at both times pragmatic and likable, and, in a broader dialogue, the beer test examines talking points campaigns frequently disperse. Is a candidate â€œin-touchâ€ with the electorate? Can they relate to problems facing Americans every day?
Obviously, the test isnâ€™t set in stone. Mitt Romney didnâ€™t imbibe anything alcoholic Saturday, as it would have conflicted with his Mormon faith. Likewise former President George W. Bush gave up drinking long before his candidacy, but that didnâ€™t stop him from far surpassing his rivals in polls of his personality.
So ABC News asks: This election, who would you share a pint with?