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CBS’s Nancy Cordes: A ‘terrific’ hula dancer with a Taylor Swift crush

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If there’s the sound of someone singing Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” at the next Democratic presidential debate, it might be appropriate to glance Nancy Cordes’s way.

CBS News’s congressional correspondent — who, along with her young daughter, counts herself among the fans of the singing sensation — will be one of the panelists at Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines.

{mosads}The Nov. 14 CBS debate, moderated by “Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson, is the first on a broadcast network this campaign season.

We wanted to know more about Cordes, an Aloha State-raised, Swift-loving journalist, so we asked her to answer these questions.

Grew up in: Kalaheo, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai

College attended: University of Pennsylvania

What did you want to be when you were a kid?: Sarah Jessica Parker in “Square Pegs.”

Favorite hobby/-activity: Swimming, reading on the beach, having dinner with family and friends.

Favorite/most hated food: Bananas: yuck. Avocados: yum. We’ve got both in abundance in Hawaii; I don’t know why I grew up hating one and loving the other.

Most embarrassing -moment: I got spit on once when I was reporting live from Central Park.

Most memorable moment: Reporting live as results came in on election nights in ’04, ’08, ’10, ’12 and ’14. I love the suspense.

What you like about D.C.: D.C.’s got all the urban amenities but retains a small-town feel. I love that.

What you dislike about D.C.: The parking situation is getting pretty horrendous. Also, my kids are lobbying for a Zoë’s Kitchen in the District. Can you help with that?

My celebrity crush is: My 7-year-old daughter and I have the same celebrity crush: Taylor Swift.

I have a fear of: Oversleeping and missing my “CBS This Morning” live shot.

Something that few know about you: I’m a terrific hula dancer.

Biggest pet peeve: Bad grammar and crappy hotel hair dryers.

Best advice given: My parents taught me to “lean in” before “leaning in” was a thing — although I think they now wish I’d do less of it when they are visiting!


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