Biz Beat: Behind the scenes with ‘Huckabee'
Friday morning, about 40 interns sat in the studio audience while Mike Huckabee interviewed former Vice President Dan Quayle for his weekend show. It was a different experience than my regular morning story meeting routine.
If you've never seen a talk show taping, it's a little different than it appears on-air. Any taped show affords the opportunity for editing, while live shows, such as "Your World," hang it all out there. Huckabee's show is "as live," meaning they don't stop in the middle of a question and say, "Wait. Let me do that again." For me, that's the way to go, because it sounds more real.
Six of us thought of a question for Quayle. I was placed fourth in the order but, sadly, producers had to cut off the segment after three questions.
Here was mine: "In February, even Republicans agreed we needed a stimulus package. But they wanted to spend the money on different programs. What would a Dan Quayle stimulus package have looked like?"
My follow-up was this: "Most Americans still think fixing the economy is the most important thing for the president, not health care, not the two wars. How would you balance paying for an economic recovery with controlling the federal deficit?"
You never know, maybe I'll have a chance to ask that question some day. Friday, the six of us that had questions were able to meet Mike Huckabee, who was very nice. We spoke briefly about the unemployment rate (and cold weather) in my home state of Michigan. Add Mr. Huckabee to the growing list of notable politicians I've met this summer, including former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be on-set for "Your World" this afternoon!