Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall was unable to name the three books that have influenced him the most in his life during a television interview so he asked for a redo.
The awkward moment came Friday in an interview with Denver’s ABC affiliate. Udall, a Democrat, is locked in a close race against Republican congressman Cory Gardner.
After a series of questions on policy issues, news anchor Marc Stewart began asking Udall “tough questions.”
“Name three of the most influential books in your life,” said Stewart.
“The three most influential books in my life,” Udall repeated. “Profiles in Courage,” he began before stalling for several seconds.
“Let me think. We can play this over, right? Let me re-tape this.”
Roberts threw Udall a lifeline asking “What’s the last song you listened to?”
“I’m brain dead today,” Udall said, offering a small laugh.
“Let me catch my thought here. In the Kingdom of Ice, Profiles in Courge, and Centennial, Michener’s great book about Colorado,” Udall said.
He maintained the Colorado theme in the question about music. “I love Sean Colvin’s song about avalanches because it’s appropriate to Colorado,” said Udall.
Most polls have Udall trailing Gardner by several points.