If it's Wednesday, it must be Columbus. What a life-affirming, sparkling Fall day this is here in Ohio -- it is proof that you can leave New York and land in America in time for lunch at Bun's restaurant in Delaware, Ohio -- where we met up with Sen. Mike DeWine earlier this morning. Without fail and without exception, every person we have met all day has been kind and welcoming. My only frustration was that we could not sit down to lunch at Bun's (duty called), and so we were forced to do the next best thing: we bought their fudge cake (6 lbs., $6) to take with us on the plane home.
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I'm hoping the TSA doesn't declare it a liquid. Lunch today was the drive-up window at Arby's. All I will say is this: I ordered from memory, without looking at the board. It was a first for Executive Producer John Reiss, who had the chicken. I don't think John will ever be quite the same after this trip.
Updated, 4:00 p.m. ET: John Reiss has corrected me, for the record, and indeed, says he has eaten at Arby's, but he admits that was in college, and thus the unfamiliarity with the menu.
We landed here today in time to see the President's news conference, and I was able to hustle to our satellite location and join in on the coverage from here. A lot of our broadcast tonight will be driven by what he had to say today. We'll have coverage from David Gregory and Richard Engel. We'll cover today's big news regarding lung cancer, and the story we touched on last night about separate (by sex) education.
Obviously, I will have an up-close look at the Senate campaign that has helped to make Ohio such a pivotal state in this election cycle. Among our other items: interesting news today on home sales, a shingles vaccine and a new angle on our nation's gas consumption.
After the broadcast tonight, we say (movie buffs who didn't see this one coming a mile away, shame on you) "Goodbye, Columbus..." and depart for points east. We'll see you from home base tomorrow night, and we hope you can join our broadcast from here tonight.