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Sunday, September 3, 2006

Politics of food

Posted By on Sun, Sep 3, 2006 at 6:18 AM

Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza writes about food on the campaign trail. The Coon Supper is mentioned. UALR's Art English talks about Bill Clinton's once legendary affection for McDonald's fries. In the closer, Cilizza returns to a politician who seems clearly to have captured his attention:

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has attended plenty of Coon Suppers, but it's what he hasn't eaten that has fueled his rise to prominence. A few years ago, Huckabee was an obscure Southern governor who topped the scales at nearly 300 pounds. Now 110 pounds lighter and preparing to compete in his fourth marathon, Huckabee is considered a viable presidential candidate in 2008.

Huckabee's ascent may rewrite the history books when it comes to food and politics. It may yet turn out that skinny is the new skinny, at least when it comes to getting elected.



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