Roger Mudd Question of the Day

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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.


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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.

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