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Election 2008

Huckabee Deals with a New Kind of Media Spin

Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee shed some of his his underdog status when he came in second place in Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll. Many Republican voters are giving him a second look, and he's taking advantage of his new found celebrity on the talk show circuit. He swung by NPR New York yesterday for an interview. In all honesty, he wasn't here to do an interview with us. But, Luke and Alison asked nicely if he had an extra few minutes to talk — you can hear that interview when our show pilot #11 is posted later today.

In our interview, Huckabee stressed how much of a real candidate he was — how he was not as handled or as much of a "stuffed shirt" as other candidates. Luke asked the governor to prove it, and challenged him to a game of ping pong at the BPP's makeshift ping pong table. Behold that remarkable display of raw athleticism right here (and come back later to hear the interview that sparked it all):