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The Fittest of Them All

By Robert Barnes
COLUMBUS, Ohio--When Lance Armstrong's in the house, the conversation eventually is going to get around to working out.

And the seven-time Tour de France winner himself brought it up Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio at his Livestrong Summit on cancer prevention, asking fellow cancer survivor Sen. John McCain what he did to stay fit.

Before he answered, McCain noted that Armstrong had recently been asked whether he'd rather work out with McCain or Sen. Barack Obama. "I think I remember a quote that you didn't want to hang with either one of us,'' McCain said, to much laughter from the crowd.

Armstrong corrected him. "I said neither one of them could hang [with me]," Armstrong told the audience.

"That's even worse!" the 71-year-old McCain said, before offering up that he swims, hikes and engages in "light exercise.''

But reporters weren't satisfied, pressing Armstrong later to pick a workout partner. Showing skills that might make him a politician in the future, the cyclist made clear that his organization did not make endorsements and proposed a bipartisan triathlon of sorts: hiking with McCain, shooting hoops with Obama and, of course, cycling.

By Washington Post Editor  |  July 25, 2008; 5:26 AM ET
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