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Politicos Dream of Muscle Cars

Oct 24, 2010 – 4:40 PM
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John Merline

John Merline Opinion Editor

Elections are supposed to be about politics and public policy and big issues. And this election has its share of all that, given the stakes.

But elections are also about people -- the kind of people who want to run for federal office. And we at AOL News wanted to get a better sense of just who these people are.

So rather than asking a bunch of boring policy questions, we invited candidates for the House and Senate to answer 10 mostly fun questions. We got a response rate of about 5 percent. And while the results aren't exactly scientifically valid, they are still pretty interesting. Here's one of them:

What's your dream car?

When asked about their dream cars, candidates tended to prefer muscle cars. The top contenders were various model years of the ''Vette, T-Bird and Mustang, with several pining for George Jetson's Aerocar.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette, 1956 Ford Thunderbird, 2011 Ford Mustang, Jetsons Flying Car.
GM / Ford / Everett Collection

Other car picks and the candidate who picked them:

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, a $2 million supercar, sits in front of the Epic Hotel in Miami, Florida, February 10, 2010.
Miami Herald / MCT
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport costs a staggering $2 million.

Man of the people?

Bugatti Veyron
-- Ted Ankrum, Democratic candidate for Texas' 10th Congressional District


Ford Focus
-- Bill Conner, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 7th Congressional District

Walkin' man walks

Hiking boots
-- David Sanders, Democratic candidate for Indiana's 4th Congressional District

Green machines?

A Ferrari F-40 is seen at speed during track day festivities for the 2007 Cavallino Classic, Friday, January 26, 2007, at Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter, Fla.
Bloomberg / Getty Images
At 13 mpg, the Ferrari F-40 should be a green candidate's nightmare.
Weirdly, two of the three Green Party candidates who responded to the survey said their dream cars were ones that are decidedly un-green. One pined for a Ferrari F-40 (13 miles per gallon) and another dreamed of a 1956 Thunderbird (around 14 mpg). The third listed a bicycle, at least.

Longest answer:

"My dream car is the one I own, a Pontiac Firebird Formula, which may soon be illegal to drive thanks to the Democrats' failed Cash for Clunkers program, which rewarded the rich who could afford to trade in their older, working cars for brand-new cars that got above 30 mpg ... [plus 124 more words]." -- Robert Broadus, Republican candidate for Maryland's 4th District

Find other survey results here.
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