Miss America: I'd rather interview politicians than be one

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But Hagan, who returns to the Fashion Institute of Technology in January to study communications, wants to pursue a TV career and wouldn't mind interviewing politicians — even is she doesn't want that title for herself.

"I'd love to interview people who are running for office," she said.

Hagan was on Capitol Hill to talk education — the Miss America Foundation, which distributes $44 million in scholarships every year, announced a new scholarship for women who want to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees.

At the event, Miss America Chairman & CEO Sam Haskell also announced that Tammy Haddad, the head of Haddad Media and a Miss America board member, will serve a new role — president of development for the Miss America Foundation.

After her Capitol Hill visit, Hagan was scheduled to meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan about Let's Read, Let's Move — a program to get kids reading and exercising.

She talked about the importance of children getting exercise and shrugged off criticism from earlier this year that she put on weight since she won the crown.

"It's just the society we live in. I'm human. There's no way I could maintain the physique I had going into Miss America. I travel to a new place every 48 hours," she said.

"Every day there is something to do, if not five things to do, so it's a little more difficult for me to get to the gym twice a day like I was."

"Now I'm lucky if I can force myself to do 20 minutes on the treadmill."

The Miss America pageant is returning to Atlantic City, N.J., this September. Haskell said Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) called him to request the move, and he met with Christie's staff to work out the details. The pageant has been in Las Vegas for the past four years.