Barack Obama Is a SpongeBob Fan

1126tvguide.jpgIt’s time for the 2008 presidential candidates to do some crucial humanizing PR gigs before the primaries. Chief among them: Talking to TV Guide about your viewing habits.

The listings mag was kind enough to give us a sneak peak at their December 3rd “Presidential Candidate Edition” issue, which is hitting stands on Thursday:

  • Hillary Clinton is a fan of HGTV makeover shows, Grey’s Anatomy, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars, but her all-time TV favorite is The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Barack Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite TV character of all time is “SpongeBob SquarePants, because SpongeBob is the show I watch with my daughters.” His favorite TV shows of all time are M*A*S*H and The Wire.
  • John Edwards is a fan of Boston Legal, and tells TV Guide that his viewing guilty pleasure is “Fred Thompson on Law & Order.”
  • Dennis Kucinich is a fan of late-night TV, citing The Tonight Show, Late Show, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Saturday Night Live as his favorites. “When I get a chance to watch TV, it’s usually late in the evening,” he tells TV Guide. “Those shows have brilliant writers. It’s just great to watch them.” He also adds that he doesn’t mind being the punch line of their jokes. “It’s hilarious. I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously.”
  • John McCain lists Prison Break among his favorite TV shows “because as a fellow prisoner, I always dreamed and plotted how I would break out of the Hanoi Hilton,” he tells TV Guide.
  • Mitt Romney tells TV Guide he is a fan of Lost because it has “a very captivating plot, and if you live a busy life, escape is always welcome.”
  • Fred Thompson‘s favorite TV show is SportsCenter. He tells TV Guide, “I always need to stay up on my Titans, Vols, Vanderbilt and, of course, my Memphis Tigers.”

So Hillary’s a bit of a square, Barack knows how to bring up the family, John E. has a sense of humor, Dennis overshares and John M. likes to play the Vietnam card. Gotcha.

But we’re more interested in how Rudy Giuliani was the only major presidential candidate not to play along with TV Guide‘s pr-genic media exercise.