What was it like traveling with Hillary?(That would be your question too, right?)
It was a blast.
It was a great group. First of all, to be able to sit there and watch Hillary Clinton and John McCain just shoot the breeze? I mean, I felt like, whatever I had to do to get here? It was worth it.Still not clear why it was "a blast."
Did they like each other, Hillary and McCain?This is like trying to talk to your kids about how school was today. Short answers. No details.
I think so. Absolutely. She was fun. She’s got a great sense of humor.
Tell me how. Give me an example.Yeah, please.
She likes to laugh. If somebody says something outrageous, she pursues it and makes them defend it. Or she can give them a hard time, which I really enjoy. I remember one night she said, “That’s enough work—let’s hear some good stories.” I can’t give you all the details. [smiles]So I guess I just have to construct my own picture here. Somebody says something, and she makes them defend it. And Russ is looking on having a grand time. Well, I guess the somebody is McCain. And the "something outrageous" is some Republican idea that liberals don't like. And old Hillary "pursues it," just keeps questioning the old guy. Hilarious. What Senators do for fun.
Did she pack more than everybody else?Hey, it's GQ.
Did she pack more than everybody else?
[laughs] That would be a dangerous area for me to get into, because I may pack a little more than I should.
So you pack like a girl?
There would be those who would say that. And it would not be the easiest thing to deny.
Let’s talk about this twice-divorced thing.What can he say? It is what it is. Which is, obviously a big political liability.
How much of a political liability do you think it will be?
I have no idea. If it is, so be it. That’s up to the people to decide.
What’s it like to be a single senator?You're not going to get anything good out of him on questions like that, but his initial response was telling. He just plunges himself into work. Or is that what he's always done -- which could explain two divorces. Note how he reacted to the question "So you’ve become less social?" I think that was purely political. His answer to the previous question may have been quite honest. That "less social" question, though, set off an alarm and he rushed to protect himself. No way does he want to be perceived as a reclusive loner. Obviously, he's got to put a lot of thought into how to present himself with questions like this if he's going to run for President.
It’s new to me. You sort of end up working a whole lot. There’s a tendency to let the time get ﬁlled up. So I’ve been very careful—
So you’ve become less social?
No, probably more social, in the sense that because you don’t have a spouse—see, when you’re married, you really feel an obligation to spend all that available time with your spouse if you can. I’m able to spend more time with more people now. I’m reconnecting with a lot of people and old friends.
Um, that’s, uh, classiﬁed?
Are there women throwing themselves at you?
I certainly wouldn’t say that. [smiles] I’m not gonna say that.
You know, there’ve been some legendary single senators.
Yeah, I know. I’m not aspiring to be in that hall of fame.