When The Associated Press asked the presidential candidates about their bad habits, they did not fess up to anything that would sink the republic.

John Edwards drinks his bad habit out of a can or bottle — he is a voracious consumer of orange soda. Barack Obama is chewing nicotine gum these days to beat his bad habit and chose something else to mention here. Joe Biden, known for being gabby, was a model of brevity on this matter. But another candidate owned up to a talkative trait.

Bill Richardson acknowledged what has been obvious at various campaign functions: He has been eating in front of him, breaking from his regimen of protein shakes.

The AP is asking the candidates a series of questions about their personal tastes, habits and backgrounds. Today's question and their answers:

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What is your worst habit?

DEMOCRATS:

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: "Too many to list. :)"

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Chocolate

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd: "Running late, even when my staff does everything in their power to prevent it."

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards: "Drinking soda"

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich: "Ask my wife, Elizabeth."

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama: "Checking my Blackberry."

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: "Straying from my diet."

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REPUBLICANS:

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback: "Being late."

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: "Talking too much."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: "Channel surfing on TV or radio."

California Rep. Duncan Hunter: "Not turning off the Outdoor Life Network (now Versus) before I go to sleep."

Arizona Sen. John McCain: "Coffee"

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: "Fidgeting"

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: "Cigar smoking"

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