The Republican candidates for president aren’t all sure what season it is and at least one of them would rather curl up with a good economics book than watch sports. But they all can think of better ways to spend a Saturday night than participating in their 14th debate.
The last question of the St. Anselm debate was, if they weren’t there on the New Hampshire college campus, what would they be doing on a Saturday night? “I’d probably be at the shooting range,” immediately responded Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich was next and he went to a safe answer. He said he’d be watching sports. He just wasn’t sure which sport. In fact, most sports fans were watching rival network NBC and the NFL playoff game between New Orleans and Detroit. But Gingrich said he’d be watching “the college championship basketball game.” That, of course, is not until March. When he saw the reaction, he amended his answer to “I mean football game.”
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania concurred with Gingrich’s amended answer, stating, “I’d be doing the same thing with my family. Watching the championship game.” Both Santorum and Gingrich would have had a tough time watching that game Saturday night, though. The college championship game won’t be played until Monday night, pitting LSU against Alabama.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in his response, displayed the caution of a front-runner, saying only, “Football, I love it.”
The other two candidates stayed away from sports. Rep. Ron Paul said he would be “home with my family.” But, he added, “If they all went to bed, I’d probably read an economics textbook.” And former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman blended both family and patriotism into his answer.
“I’d be on the phone with my two boys in the United States Navy,” he said. “Because they’re a constant reminder of what is great about this nation and awesome about the emerging generation in this country.”