The road to the White House is paved with late-night pizza parties and donut runs. All of those long hours on the campaign trail leave little time for pilates -- unless of course -- you are Mike Huckabee.
I interviewed the governor two years ago in New York --- just before he ran the New York City Marathon. We've kept in touch ever since --- and he was kind enough to give me some great advice on running last year's marathon.
I'm not sure how he's managed to do it, but the governor has kept up a fierce running schedule on the campaign trail. I suppose having Chuck Norris on your team is motivational. The governor always reminded us that when Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the Earth down.
And now, a moment of silence for Chuck Norris.
So, Mike Huckabee, aside, how are the candidates taking care of themselves? I figured the only person qualified to answer that question is our nation's buffest governor --- Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He's a man's man and a governor's governor. I'll never forget the day he called his opponents in California's state house "girly-men." And I think he meant it.
The governor gave me a few minutes of his time in-between events at his annual sports festival in Columbus, Ohio. His fans, and there are many, treat him like a rock star.
As for the presidential wannabes?
"Well, I think they are in good shape. I think traveling up and down this country east to west, south to north gets them in good shape."
It was a pretty good politically correct answer to a politically incorrect question. Although he did offer some advice to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. "Hopefully," he said, "they will stay away from the donuts.
The candidates would do well to heed the governator's words of wisdom. If not, they could easily become the same shape as they office they desire to hold --- oval.