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Presidential Candidates Talk Sports During "MNF" Interviews

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During halftime of ESPN’s “MNF” Eagles-Saints game last night, ESPN’s Chris Berman spoke with President Obama and Mitt Romney in separate taped interviews. Berman asked Obama what “does he now know about America and Americans that he may not have known four years ago.” Obama said, “This is a big, diverse country. People have a lot of strong opinions, there are a lot of differences but at their core, Americans are hard-working, they are self-reliant, they are decent, they look after one another. … One of the big unifiers in this country is sports, and football in particular. You don’t go anyplace where folks don’t talk about some football.”

Romney said if he could change one thing in sports it would be to remove the “specter” of PEDs because “that’s the biggest concern in sport.” Romney said when he was serving as SLOC President & CEO for the '02 Salt Lake Games, that was “always the issue that clouded a potential accomplishment.” Romney said at the Salt Lake Games, he saw the “great qualities of the human spirit,” which will help him if he is elected president (“MNF,” ESPN, 11/5).

NBC’s Jay Leno: “On tonight’s ‘Monday Night Football’ game between the Eagles and the Saints, they had interviews with both President Obama and Mitt Romney, and in a lot of ways this campaign is like those two teams. Mitt fumbles the ball more than Michael Vick, Obama’s disappointed more than Andy Reid and both sides have taken more cheap shots than the New Orleans Saints” (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 11/5).
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