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John McCain and Hillary Clinton are up early to say good morning

September 16, 2008 |  2:24 am

Get ready, cause if you're watching television this morning, it's gonna be hard to avoid politics.

Seven Tuesdays froRepublican presidential candidate Senator John McCain of Arizona on an Armed Services Committee trip to the Arctic with fellow member New York Senator Hillary Clintonm today, Nov. 4, you know what that means: Denver and Cleveland will be practicing for their big Thursday night game on the NFL Network.

Also, there's a national election scheduled. So this morning we've got Sen. Hillary Clinton on ABC "Good Morning America" not talking about not being the Democrats' VP candidate and her good friend but current political opponent, Sen. John McCain, over on ESPN "Sports Center" talking boxing and doping.

It will come as a mighty shock to loyal Ticket readers that Clinton -- exclusively on ABC -- expresses great excitement to be campaigning for the Obama-Biden ticket. She calls Biden "a great Democratic vice presidential candidate" and also "a strong leader" who has a lot of good experience.

You'll want to TiVo every moment of that chat.

Clinton also admits she'll be "out campaigning as hard as I can for Barack and Joe." Broadcast at 7 a.m., that may well be the very first time she has said that today.

Over on ESPN, McCain, a former collegiate boxer, talks to Bob Ley at 9 a.m.

They discuss boxing (McCain thinks they need a union), McCain's deceased effort to ban wagering on college sports ("Frankly, that legislation isn't going to pass, so let's do everything we can to make sure these young athletes are aware of the temptations that are out there") and drug testing and baseball (we've got some "meaningful reform" but "you know and everybody watching knows as well as I do, there's somebdy in a lab right now that's trying to be one step ahead").

Oh, one other thing. ABC does ask Clinton about Gov. Sarah Palin's stated belief that Obama now wishes he'd picked Clinton instead of Biden as his VP running mate. SPOILER ALERT: Clinton declines to answer.

And that's exclusive too.

--Andrew Malcolm

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