When Candidates Sleep In

How late do presidential candidates sleep when they get to “sleep in?” The AP is glad you asked:

DEMOCRATS:

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: 8:30-9 a.m.

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: “I feel lucky when I can sleep until 7 a.m.”

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd: “With a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old?”

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards: 7 a.m.

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich: 8:30 a.m., according to his wife, Elizabeth. But she said this is how they really like to sleep in: up for brunch and then back to bed until 4:30 p.m., John Lennon-and-Yoko Ono style.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama: 8 a.m.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: 7 a.m.

REPUBLICANS:

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback: 7:30 a.m.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 8 a.m.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “Five a.m. is late for me. Most days I am up no later than 4:30 a.m.”

California Rep. Duncan Hunter: 7:30 a.m.

Arizona Sen. John McCain: 8 a.m.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 7 a.m.

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: 8 a.m.

Becks cites this is a reason she could never become president. I rarely sleep past 7, so I’d be fine on this score.

There are many, many other reasons that I could never get elected, though.

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  3. legion says:

    Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich: 8:30 a.m., according to his wife, Elizabeth. But she said this is how they really like to sleep in: up for brunch and then back to bed until 4:30 p.m., John Lennon-and-Yoko Ono style.

    Dude. Have you ever seen Kucinich’s wife? I wouldn’t leave bed either…

  4. Michael says:

    Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd: “With a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old?”

    For the childless among us, Sen. Dodd means that he’s thrilled to wake up _after_ the alarm clock goes off, and he’s just thankful that these days it’s technically “tomorrow” before the kids wake him up.

  5. I normally sleep in until at least 9:00 AM when I have the option and am not jet-lagged. Good to know I have an excuse for not being Presidential material.

    … Assuming, of course, that all the candidates are being honest, which I consider unlikely.

  6. James Joyner says:

    Assuming, of course, that all the candidates are being honest, which I consider unlikely.

    Probably a good assumption as a general rule. In this case, though, I’m sure they’re telling the truth. Running for president is a ridiculous rate race and being up early to make cross-country flights, breakfast fundraisers, and the like goes with the territory.

  7. Dave Schuler says:

    For me rising time is 5:30am.