Roger Mudd Question of the Day

Remember the famous Roger Mudd question to Ted Kennedy: "Why are you running for President?" Kennedy's inability to respond crisply has become an iconic moment in the history of political journalism. So, if you're going to run for office, at least be ready with some response, like "I want to get Lady Gaga tickets" or something. Be sure, too, to know what the job you're running for actually entails. (Sarah Palin got tripped up by this one.)  Below, a video of Ken Ard, candidate for Lt. Gov. in Kansas, who doesn't seem to be quite sure about the duties of his desired job. In South Carolina, the Lt. Gov. is bound by the constitution of the state to preside over the State Senate. Ard doesn't seem to want to do that job. Tomorrow, Ard faces Army Reservist Bill Connor in the GOP run-off.


Presented by

Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Politics

Just In