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Sen. Tester appears on popular NPR comedy/quiz program

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CHICAGO -- U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) made a guest appearance on National Public Radio's popular comedy/quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't tell Me" on Sunday.

The program introduced Tester like this: 

"And now the game where we take people who have risen high and we ask them to slum it for a little while. It's called Not My Job. Senator Jon Tester of Montana is both the only senator to have once been a school music teacher and - we're guessing here - the only one to regularly travel to Washington with a 40 pound suitcase filled with meat he butchered himself."

Tester told host Peter Sagal he became a fan of the show despite having a hard time picking up the NPR signal while riding his tractor on his Big Sandy farm.

Sagal asked, “But how do you go from there in Big Sandy, Montana to the U.S. Senate?”

Tester replied, “Well, I served on a lot of the local boards in my local community, and then I ran for the state legislature in '98 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006. I mean, it was just kind of one thing after another.”

Sagal then asked, “How often do you say to yourself, I should've stuck with the animals?”

Tester: “Regularly!”

Sagal then asked, "What is the most surprising thing about the Senate - the thing that we would be surprised to know about the Senate?”

“Well, I don't know that you'd be surprised. It was a surprise to me how slow it operates. I mean, it really does, everything is slow. And, you know, it's a deliberative body and that's code for being slow, I guess," replied Tester.

Guests of the popular radio show are quizzed on various topics to win prizes for listeners.

Tester's topic was about the methods for "testing johns," as in toilets; Tester scored a perfect three for three.
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