The John McCain Workout

By Greg Wallace

Jul 24, 2008 7:58pm

ABC News’ David Wright Reports: John McCain fielded an unusual campaign question tonight from a sports icon.

McCain was attending a cancer summit in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong’s foundation, LiveStrong. 

Armstrong said that he was asked on Wednesday at the National Press Club with whom he would rather work out: Obama or McCain.

So Armstrong asked McCain: What do you do for exercise?

"I hike, I swim, I do light exercises," McCain said, noting that he recently hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim with his son.

"I mainly enjoy hiking," McCain said, "so you can enjoy the outdoors." But McCain also acknowledged that campaigning itself is good exercise — shaking hands on the rope line, traveling on the campaign trail.

"And," he said, "you don’t eat much cause you are usually talking while others are eating."

McCain even suggested to Armstrong: "You could probably run [for President]."

The crowd applauded. Armstrong laughed and — at least partly — demurred.

"Well, maybe we’d start with governor first," Armstrong said.

For the record, his answer to the National Press Club was apparently that he wouldn’t work out with Obama or McCain. The reason? "Neither one could keep up."

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