Roger Mudd Question of the Day

More

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.


Jump to comments
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.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

'Stop Telling Women to Smile'

An artist's campaign to end sexual harassment on the streets of NYC.


Elsewhere on the web

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

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In