Sure, CNN’s Crossfire screaming heads Pat Buchanan and Geraldine Ferraro disagree on abortion and welfare. But what are their stances on the things people really care about, like soda water and dinosaurs? To find out on the occasion of Crossfire‘s 15th anniversary, we asked the conservative two-time presidential candidate and the liberal ex-Veep contender the same set of silly questions:
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CARBONATED BEVERAGE?
FERRARO: Champagne, on special occasions. Other than that, seltzer. I go from one extreme to another. BUCHANAN: Club soda. Sometimes I don’t even put a lime in it.
IF YOU COULD TAKE ONLY ONE CD TO A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
FERRARO: The music from Les Miserables. It’s beautiful. BUCHANAN: Willie Nelson’s gospel songs, the best I’ve ever heard.
IF YOU COULD TAKE ONLY ONE MEMBER OF THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP TO A DESERT ISLAND, WHO WOULD IT BE?
FERRARO: Eleanor Clift. The others would drive me crazy. BUCHANAN: I think I would die alone.
WHAT SUMMER MOVIE ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING?
FERRARO: I’m not a moviegoer. [My husband] John [Zaccaro] and I wait for it to come out on video. BUCHANAN: I haven’t seen The English Patient yet.
IF YOU WERE A DINOSAUR, WHAT KIND OF DINOSAUR WOULD YOU BE?
FERRARO: A gentle, compassionate dinosaur who ate only greens. BUCHANAN: A T. rex. I think they have the right attitude.
WHO DO YOU THINK WAS OUR BEST VICE PRESIDENT?
FERRARO: Fritz Mondale. I ran on a ticket with him, in case you’re not old enough to know. After Mondale, Al Gore. And then, maybe Thomas Jefferson. BUCHANAN: Jefferson. He was a great man. Him or Theodore Roosevelt.
WHAT’S THE NICEST THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT NEWT GINGRICH?
FERRARO: That we entered Congress at the same time.
WHAT’S THE NICEST THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT BILL CLINTON?
BUCHANAN: He wants to do the best for his country. I don’t think he’s got a bad heart.
WHAT’S THE NICEST THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT PAT BUCHANAN?
FERRARO: He’s really quite nice. Screwy ideas, but a very nice person.
WHAT’S THE NICEST THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT GERALDINE FERRARO?
BUCHANAN: [Laughing] She’s got a terrific personality.