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Hillary Clinton's Party Plane

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BAR IS OPEN! Clinton (Photo: Getty images)

The life of a political reporter on the campaign trail is not exactly an enviable one: The combination of bad local cuisine, a lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation do not a healthy lifestyle make. Which is why the Hillary Clinton campaign decided to treat the 75 hard-working journos who made the midnight flight on the Clinton press plane from Des Moines to Manchester, New Hampshire, to a boozy sendoff.

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One aerial party-goer notes that Hillary's team threw down for tons of "medium-shelf liquor, but they ran out of Jim Beam pretty quick," and that by the time the plane touched down in New Hampshire at 4:30 a.m. this morning, "everyone was wasted." No word on whether Hillary herself drowned away her third-place sorrows with a stiff vodka soda or three.

At least they traveled in style: The 737 employed to shuttle the reporters was once owned by an NBA team, meaning that each seat came with around six feet of leg room. Almost as nice as the plane New York Times staffers had!

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