Political Capital with John Harwood

A Hairy Moment


On stage just before our debate yesterday, we had one of those classic moments that mocked the egos and pretentions of those of us in the world of politicians and television. Those of us questioning the candidates -- my CNBC colleague Maria Bartiromo, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, my longtime Wall Street Journal colleague Jerry Seib, and me -- had been introduced to the crowd at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Then the Republican candidates strode onto the stage.

Suddenly I noticed John McCain lean over to retrieve something -- a comb that had fallen to the floor. With a chuckle, McCain handed it to Rudy Giuliani, who no longer has much to comb. Then they turned toward Chris, thus poking fun at the blow-dried TV performer stereotype.

Everyone laughed. I smiled but kept discreetly quiet. And later thanked McCain for retrieving my comb.

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