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After our morning meeting today, Ken Rudin, NPR's political editor, confided in me.
"I think this is going to be good for Ted [Koppel]," he said. "Appearing with me, the Political Junkie... Doing the trivia question... I think it's going to be good for his career."
Only time can tell.
It has been a busy week in politics. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) announced that he plans to accept his party's nomination for president at Mile High Stadium, which seats some 75,000 people. (The Pepsi Center, just across a field of parking lots, where the rest of the Democratic National Convention will take place, can only accomodate a paltry 20,000.) Obama's rival, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), unveiled a new commercial. Were you wondering where he was in 1968, during the so-called "Summer of Love"?
Another campaign ad has caused a stir. A group of Democratic voters has produced a new spot, demanding that the party's Senate leadership strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) of his rank and committee leadership positions. They also have a petition with some 40,000 signatures.
On yesterday's show, Guy Raz asked former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) if he would accept an invitation to be Obama's running mate. He indicated that he would. Earlier this week, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), said that he wasn't interested.
Although the segment will be shorter than usual, we want to hear from as many of you as we can. If you have a question for the Political Junkie, leave it here.