03/28/2008 02:48 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain On Mitt: 'Never Get Into A Wrestling Match With A Pig"

Who knew Fred's not a type A person? Mitt calls for a surge. McCain calls Mitt a pig. Biden pleads for a ticket out of Iowa.

The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, Ken Bank, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, Debbi Plummer, and Theresa Weathers.


Fred Redux: As far as presidential aspirations, it looks like Fred may be better off in bed. "If people really want in their president a Super Type A personality, someone who has gotten up every morning and gone to bed every night thinking about for years how they could achieve the presidency of the United States, . . . I ain't that," Fred told supporters in Iowa this week. That probably ain't gonna win him much more than a bus ticket back to bed.

Ever wonder what a campaign headquarters looks like?: Take a tour of Huck's campaign headquarters in Des Moines on New Year's Day, led by the candidate's sister, who interviews some of the worker bees in this campaign video. Her personal favorite is the guy who said he was voting for his first Republican ever because Huck would pray every day and wouldn't be following his "own agenda." Just what we need, another president who takes orders directly from God.

Alan Keyes, who? When asked by reporters in Iowa why he was running for president, Alan Keyes brilliantly answered that the country has lost its moral direction and that God has a place in education and politics. He also said he's confident he can still win, although failed to say whether that involved the presidency or a seat next to God.

Wordsmith Wanted--contact Mitt: The Romney website is asking people to join the "surge of support." Don't they know yet that "surge" made the Lake Superior State University 2008 Banished Word List? Seems that the verb/noun got a little overworked in 2007 and thus has entered the meaningless zone. Don't worry, Mitt--we're sure everyone will be fine with a bulge of support. Or swell. Or rush. Or growth. Or how about inflammation? Just to break the one syllable grind.

May they all wallow in glee: First Huckabee called Romney dishonest, regarding his record, and now McCain has referred to Romney as a pig, in response to Romney's assertion that McCain wanted to allow illegal immigrants to remain permanently in the U.S. When asked how he intended to respond, McCain said: "Never get into a wrestling match with a pig. You both get dirty - and the pig likes it." Oink! Oink! The primary mud season is obviously here.

Hey, Joe, we almost forgot about you: Scarcely seen Joe Biden not only said he's the Democrat best prepared to face off against leading Republicans, but also questioned the depth of his Democratic rivals, particularly Clinton's background as First Lady. "I don't discount that experience any more than I discount the experience of someone who's never played, but who walked into Madison Square Garden in the middle of the game and felt the feel, so when they get into there to play it's not all of a sudden a shock," Biden said. He also predicted a fourth place showing would give him a "ticket out of Iowa." No doubt Hillary would gladly pay for it.


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