CONWAY — Which three people throughout history would you like to have dinner with? That’s the question we’ve asked candidates over the past 20 years during editorial boards at the Sun.
Here’s how presidential candidates this election cycle responded.
• Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said he’d like to dine with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass one night, and also would like to have a meal with George Washington and poet Walt Whitman.
• Democrat Pete Buttigieg quickly selected late South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko; Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great); and Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in 1983.
• Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) drummed his fingers on the leather chair for a few seconds before naming Jesus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and (tied for third) George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Bruce Springsteen, whom he said he’s seen 30 times in concert.
• U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) selected Lincoln, King and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
• Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) chose Lincoln, Barack Obama (“a recent example of dignity and decency in the White House”) and Eleanor Roosevelt.
• U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) picked Jesus, Theodore Roosevelt and his wife, Liz Boardman, “since I never get to see her.”
• Former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) opted for Lincoln, King and Winston Churchill.
• Former Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) answered: Thomas Jefferson, Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson (“because of his zest and joy for life”) and Gen. Douglas MacArthur (“because of the kind of decisions he had to make during the Second World War. I’d like to learn more about that”).
• Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said, “It depends what they like to eat.” Then he said: King, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pee Wee Reese, the late former shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.
• Businessman Tom Steyer quickly said Jesus, then thought long and hard before adding author William Faulkner and Civil War Era abolitionist John Brown, who advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States.
• Gov. William Weld (R-Mass.) was quick to say Julius Caesar and Brutus, a Roman senator who took a leading role in the assassination of Caesar, then added Lao-Tze, a Chinese philosopher credited with founding the philosophical system of Taoism. “I played Brutus in my high school production,” he added.
• Marianne Williamson said she’d like to have dinner with Jesus, Thomas Jefferson and Buddha, but then hated to leave “Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci,” off her guest list.
• Entrepreneur Andrew Yang chose Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. “I’m actually Teddy Roosevelt’s great-granddaughter’s godfather,” said Yang. “That’s what happens when you go to Phillips Exeter (Academy).”