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What are the Presidential Candidates Watching?

We know Bill Clinton loves TV Land, but what about Hillary? And do you think Barack Obama is more of a 30 Rock or Two and a Half Men kind of guy?

The presidential candidates have revealed their TV viewing habits to TV Guide for the issue that hits newsstands on Thursday, but Mediabistro got a sneak peek at the results. Here's some of what the candidates had to say:

  • Hillary Clinton likes Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, makeover shows on HGTV, and The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Barack Obama loves M*A*S*H and The Wire but ends up watching a lot of SpongeBob SquarePants with his daughters.
  • John Edwards likes Boston Legal and — ha — Fred Thompson's episodes of Law & Order.
  • Dennis Kucinich likes late-night TV, including both Leno and Letterman as well as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Saturday Night Live.
  • John McCain said he watches Prison Break "because as a fellow prisoner, I always dreamed and plotted how I would break out of the Hanoi Hilton."
  • Mitt Romney likes escaping with Lost.
  • Fred Thompson spends his viewing time catching up with SportsCenter.

There was obviously some political strategy going into these answers (McCain's makes me a little uncomfortable), and I'm surprised that Thompson didn't mention Law & Order himself. Apparently Rudy Giuliani didn't participate, which really makes me wonder what's on his TiVo.


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kimchimei kimchimei 9 years
i love Dennis Kucinichs sense of humor .
ktacce ktacce 9 years
how boring was edwards' response? he can do better than that!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Love Obama's list. Anyone watch reruns of West Wing (or...Commander in Chief)?
em1282 em1282 9 years
McCain's response was lame, IMO. Hanoi Hilton? Totally tacky.
lala788 lala788 9 years
John McCain he's now my fav , guess why ?
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I agree with Buzz about McCain's answer. Well, all righty then...
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Hey, look, I didn't think Mitt Romney and I had anything in common...!
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
1- Dennis Kucinich clearly has a great sense of humor (ex: his appearance on The Colbert Report was very amusing) and I think he'd be a wonderful person to get to know. 2- I really like the diversity of Obama's selections. The Wire and Spongebob => LOL. 3- Perhaps I'm being naive, but I liked McCain's response because he tried to provide personal insight on why he liked a show.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
this tv guide article is as pointless to the political process as asking boxers or briefs
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i would have never guess Dennis Kucinich as a guy who enjoys late night tv. or anything with a good sense of humor. i don't know. Also i love when i goggle him- It ask if i was looking for Dennis Kucinich's wife.
demeter demeter 9 years
Come on you know they all watch 24!! At least I know McCain
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Interesting choices. It would be fun to match the candidate with the favorite T.V. show and see what the masses think based on their stances and personalties.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I wonder what Rudy watches.
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