E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic knows all about the bridge between politics and Hollywood. Rancic grew up in Bethesda, went to the University of Maryland and pounded the pavement at the White House, State Department, Pentagon, Supreme Court and on Capitol Hill as a graduate student at American University before heading to the West Coast to cover entertainment.
On Saturday, she returned to the area for a quick appearance at the Get Radical Women's Conference in Reston. "I think Eva Longoria would be a great politician," the "Fashion Police" co-host told Yeas & Nays.
As for what politician could survive Hollywood, Rancic had an immediate pick: "Chris Christie, the guy's a ham, you've got to love him," she said.
She mentioned the picture, which Christie tweeted last week, of the New Jersey governor standing beside Shaquille O'Neal. "Someone on Twitter said, 'You guys should do a remake of Twins' -- remember the movie Schwarzenegger did with Devito?" Rancic laughed. "So if this whole life of his doesn't work out in politics, I think he's got a future in Hollywood."
Rancic also talked about why she didn't continue covering politics. It stemmed from an encounter with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy at a news conference on Capitol Hill. "Now, these are the glory days baby -- John- John was every girl's crush ... Jackie O was like every woman's role model -- the Kennedys were it," she explained. "So I'm sitting there with my little tape recorder and my badge and I'm listening and I decide that today is the day I'm going to ask my first question."
The question? "What do you do for fun?" Rancic asked Kennedy. Every one stared at her, she recalled. "I'm just doing a story about who you are as a man ... for instance, last good movie you saw? Or what do you do on the weekends? ... Where were you this past Friday night at 11 p.m.?" Rancic stammered.
Luckily, Kennedy ended up being a good sport. "He gave this great answer, told me what his favorite movie is, how he likes to spend the weekend with his family, and it was great," she said.
Back at school, she debuted the story to great fanfare. But her professor pulled her aside. "And he goes, you're not cut out for hard news, but the good news is you are cut out for Hollywood," she said.