CNN's John King was in Wilmington, Delaware last week to tape the CNN Diner segment for State of the Union. The local newspaper, The Wilmington News Journal, talked with him while he was at the Riverfront:
King munched on a grilled mahi mahi sandwich across from Harry's Seafood Grill while interviewing locals on national and international issues including politics and the economy.
"State of the Union" is a four-hour show in which King travels to a new state each week, stoping in diners and eateries to have conversations with everyday Americans about the issues important to them. The show typically interviews 15 to 20 people for segments.
For Delaware, after talking to several people, King sat down with three people on camera: a retired DuPont employee, a woman who worked at the Riverfront Market and a small business owner.
One of the topics of discussion was Vice President Joe Biden.
"I met a couple of guys there who said they actually go to church with the vice president," King said. "They didn't want to be on camera."
King said although he was in Biden's stomping grounds, not everyone he talked to was crazy about the opinionated politician. The retired DuPont employee, who King described as being more conservative, didn't bite his tongue.
"He was not a Joe Biden fan," King said. "The other two women were."
Talking to everyday people -- like the ones he talked to in Delaware -- is the best part about his job, King said, and he hopes that from talking to everyday Americans he is able to ask their questions to the politicians he frequently interviews.
"I hope it makes me a better reporter and anchor," King said.
Source: CNN's 'State' interview train stops in Wilmington, The Wilmington News Journal via DelawareOnline, October 30, 2009.
The segment that aired on Sunday's program included King talking to Malcolm Smook, Alecia Kinlock, and Debbie Robinson.
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