Senator Barack Obama is ripping on Fox News, blaming the network for his poll numbers. He was answering questions about the "bitter American" incident. You remember -- the one where he talked about folks who cling to their guns and religion. Here's what he told The New York Times Magazine:

"I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls," Obama told me. "If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right? Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?"

I think he forgot about that incident with the arugula. Now if you want to talk about bitter, try eating arugula.

I checked in with Tucker Bounds. He's Senator John McCain's spokesman. Here's what he just told me:

"If they were to evaluate and scrutinize his votes and over his record of accomplishment versus what he says on the campaign trail, he'd be down ten points instead of up by a few points now. It has nothing to do with Fox News."

I also ran into New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. For the record, the governor told me he "kinda likes Fox News. You guys have been good to me."

Your thoughts as I live blog tonight inside the spin room at Hofstra University.