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Debaters' tonic in Russell's water?

specterbillboardSome questions and answers from a New York Times Magazine interview with Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in which he also expressed support for Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in his re-election fight against Democrat Al Franken:

Q: You and Bob Dole share a hometown, Russell, Kan. What do they put in the water there?

A: Debaters' tonic. Russell is famous for its high school debate championship teams.

Q: Did you know Dole in your Kansas days?

A: No. When I moved to Russell in the eighth grade, he was much older, but in the intervening years I've pretty much caught up to him.

Q: I assume this was before he was appearing on television in Viagra commercials.

A: From reliable sources, he did not need Viagra then.