The AP asks, “What food do you hate?”
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: “I like nearly everything. “I don’t like, you know, things that are still alive.”
(She won’t even take a position on which food she hates? I can hear Hillary now, “Penn, take a poll on what foods I hate!”)
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards: “I can’t stand mushrooms. I don’t want them on anything that I eat. And I have had to eat them because you get food served and it’s sitting there and you’re starving, so you eat.”
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama: “Beets, and I always avoid eating them.”
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: Mushrooms, specifically. “I’m not a big vegetable eater.” Recalling the first President Bush’s distaste for broccoli, he said: “I sympathize with that fully.”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Liver.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “Carrots. I just don’t like carrots. I banned them from the governor’s mansion when I was governor of Arkansas because I could.”
Arizona Sen. John McCain: “I eat almost everything. Sometimes I don’t do too well with vegetables.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “Eggplant, in any shape or form. And I’ve always been able to avoid it.”
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson: “Not much. I’ve tried to do better about that. I jokingly say that we kind of have a diet around our house that if it tastes good, you don’t eat it. I haven’t quite got there yet. There’s not much that I turn down. That’s a good thing on the campaign trail because you get quite a variety.”
This is actually a series of questions by the AP on the “personal traits, tastes and backgrounds of presidential candidates.” Food was the second question in the seires. The first: “What was your worst job?”
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: “Sliming fish in a fish cannery in Valdez, Alaska.”
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards: Textile mill. “I cleaned out overhead in the weave room, which is where all the crap goes. And I’d be up there climbing around, knocking the stuff down. And it would go down on the looms. The weavers would be, uh, not happy with me for that.”
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama: Scooping ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins and eating too much of it.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: Landscaping, while playing baseball on Cape Cod in 1967. “The pay was terrible. I remember it was backbreaking work.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “Washing windows at JCPenney’s and stocking shelves when I was 14 years old. … It was a great job and it was a great company but they worked me hard. Just as I’d get all the fingerprints wiped off the door, somebody would come and they’d put their hands all over the glass. To this day, I’m still very sensitive about never touching the glass, but touching the handles because I had to wipe those windows so many times.”
Arizona Sen. John McCain: “I’ve never really had a bad job.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “Worst job was probably spending about a week sawing a sewer pipe at the ranch in Idaho I worked at. And getting down in the sewer and sawing through a sewer pipe that still had active sewage occasionally passing through it.”
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson: “I’ve worked in a factory, I was a bouncer at my uncle’s drag strip, I worked at the post office, I sold children’s shoes, I sold ladies’, I sold men’s clothing, I was a night clerk at a motel. I can’t think of a job that I had that I wasn’t thankful for at the time.”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Declined to answer.
The next question is “Favorite Joke.” I love the one that goes, A Mormon, an Evangelical Christian, a pro-Abortion Catholic, a TV star, and a war hero walk into a bar in Iowa…