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CNN's S.E. Cupp: 'Duck Dynasty' subjects are 'great people,' should consider politics

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Count head-turning conservative pundit and new CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp among the fans of the hit TV reality show "Duck Dynasty."

And more: Cupp told Secrets that she’s hunted with the family, has the decoy she accidentally shot sitting on her desk to prove it, and endorses the talk of Willie Robertson running for office someday.

“I like the idea,” she said, adding the cable show is a hit “because we think they are great people.” She called Robertson, the president of the Duck and Buck Commander companies, a “reluctant politician,” from a family Americans admire.

CNN is hoping that their political viewers will have the same feeling about Cupp and her "Crossfire' co-hosts, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter, when the show debuts Monday, Sept. 9.

The debut was moved up a week to seize on the national debate over Syria. “The show wants to be where the action is,” Cupp said. “We have strong opinions on it, and we’re sick of just telling them to each other,” she added.

Like Cutter and Jones, Cupp brings a younger view to the revived show, one she admitted won’t always jive with Gingrich, the heavyweight on the panel.

Where she sees other debate shows as “rigged,” Cupp said the new "Crossfire" “truly is a balanced, fair conversation” that will tackle several of the big issues of the day.

Cupp isn’t your typical conservative talker and writer -- she has a column with the New York Daily News. She’s a big art lover, studied ballet with the Washington and Boston ballets, and is a fanatic about her eyewear, currently styling frames for Robert Marc.

But its her devotion to fishing and hunting that make her unusual in a city that favors Nordstrom over Cabelas.

“I like hunting a lot,” she said, detailing outings for deer, bear and birds. While she called deer hunting exciting, Cupp suggested birds were better. “With bird hunting, I can shower and talk in the blind and I don’t have to cover myself with doe estrous.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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