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Who's a 'Gifted Rap Artist,' Who Loves Jalapeños and Who Went to See Adele on Date Night: Democrats and Republicans' Guilty Pleasures Revealed

Presidential Candidates Q&A: Hopefuls Share Guilty Pleasures, Hidden Talents
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12/09/2015 AT 05:55 AM EST

You've seen them at rallies and state fairs across the country, on your television set during intense debates, on Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat – now it's time to get to know the 2016 hopefuls off-screen and off the campaign trail.

Everyone from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz shared eye-opening secrets with PEOPLE in a Campaign 2016 special feature for this week's issue.

Do you know, for example, which Democratic hopeful has a hot pepper habit? Or which former governor considers himself a "gifted rap artist?" We won't spoil the surprises and guilty pleasures to come, but here's some food for thought: Almost all of the presidential candidates who spoke with PEOPLE – on both sides of the aisle – start their days the same way: with some form of eggs! Talk about the breakfast of champions.

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Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Lately I'm into Madam Secretary. Sometimes us ex-diplomats need our fix!

What do you eat for breakfast?
Well-done scrambled eggs.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Jalapeños. I started during the '92 campaign and I believe they keep me going!

What's the last book you read?
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? And a perfect date night?
My perfect day off includes sleeping in late, seeing my granddaughter and her mom and dad (daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky) and watching TV at home with Bill [Clinton, her husband].

What's your secret talent?
Singing "The Wheels on the Bus" for my granddaughter, Charlotte, perfectly off-pitch.

What do your grandchildren call you?
"So far it's just grandma, which she said the day of my first debate. It was pretty exciting. We're going to let her decide if she wants to stick with that."



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Senator Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders

What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Modern Family.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Pork chops.

What's the last book you read?
I'm reading right now Cornel West's The Radical King.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
Being at home in Burlington, Vermont, with the grandkids.

What's your secret talent?
I'm pretty good on the grill.

What do your grandchildren call you?
Grandpa or Grandpa Bern.



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Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Walking Dead.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Two hard-boiled eggs, whole-wheat toast, blueberries with honey, orange juice and black coffee.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Chicken quesadillas.

What's the last book you read?
Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? And a perfect date night?
Offshore fishing with my kids or a pro football doubleheader on DirecTV Sunday Ticket, followed by Sunday Night Football on NBC. Date night is dinner with my wife, followed by a movie.

What's your secret talent?
I can sing Lionel Richie and Frank Sinatra songs.

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Sen. Ted Cruz

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Ted Cruz
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Criminal Minds, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Veep.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Love McDonald's egg white sandwich.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Barbecue or Mexican food. Plus a lot of fast food.

What's the last book you read?
Arthur Brooks, The Conservative Heart.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
I love taking my girls to the aquarium in Houston and our favorite place to eat as a family is California Pizza Kitchen. And every week [my wife] Heidi and I try to have a date night, just the two of us.

What's your secret talent?
I love movies. In fact, I can quote some of my favorites word for word, particularly The Princess Bride. My friends and I used to have quote-along competitions. Yes, I'm kind of a nerd.

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Jeb Bush
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Loved Lilyhammer on Netflix – wish they had another season coming!

What do you eat for breakfast?
Banana and a cup of coffee.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Turkey jerky and almonds.

What's the last book you read?
The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin and Thunderstruck by Erik Larson.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
Sunday Funday in Miami: speed golf, mass with my wife and barbecuing with my family, including my near-perfect grandchildren. Date night? Mexican food with my beautiful wife [Columba Bush].

What's your secret talent?
I cook and can make a mean guacamole – the recipe remains top secret!

What do your grandchildren call you?
Gampy

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Donald Trump

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Donald Trump
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
My guilty pleasure TV show – SNL, starring me. They got great ratings. The best ratings in years. It was a terrific success. I enjoyed doing it. It was 50 percent more than Hillary [Clinton]'s show. That makes me feel good."

What do you eat for breakfast?
I love bacon and eggs. Usually I would have that ... but oftentimes I skip breakfast. But usually my favorite would be bacon and eggs – bacon medium and the eggs over-well.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
It's only snacks. Because I tend to just be able to eat snacks because it's so busy and so many people and so much hoopla that literally it's only snacks. Not the healthiest of eating but it's there. It would only be snacks. Stuff I wouldn't necessarily recommend. There's so little time to be eating. It's grabbing ... I have lost 15 lbs. on the campaign trail. One of the reasons is I have big crowds ... they're very exciting stops. And when you speak and you really are going at it, you tend to ... I never thought it, but speaking is almost a form of exercise. It's very exhilarating. Last night I was in Knoxville for 12,000 people. When you are speaking to 12,000 great people, you don't feel like eating. I can understand how people could gain weight but I have lost weight. The events are so exciting. When I'm done I don't want to eat. I could see how it could go the other way for some people. That's only because their events are boring.

What's the last book you read?
Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly. Excellent. I thought he is a terrific guy and did a great job. I also read his book Killing Patton.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
"Anything having to do with staying home. Just staying home would be a perfect day because I am always away. Now with the added work of the campaign, it's … I'm always away. Staying home with my family. Day or night. I'm away so much. The last thing I want to do is go out. [For a date night,] tonight I'm seeing Adele. What do you think? Do you think that's good? There's a difference between a great voice and a great entertainer. I'm interested to see how she is. I'm going with [my wife] Melania. Going someplace in New York or any place ... honestly, being with your family. Anything you can do with your wife and family is a great date night.

What's your secret talent?
A secret talent. I better not answer it ... I will get myself in trouble.

Is it risqué?
I have always done well in sports. People don't know that. Because they don't know you as that type of person. I don't know if it's such a secret but I've always been good at sports."

What do your grandchildren call you?
Grandpa. Papa and Grandpa. One or the other.

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Chris Christie

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Chris Christie
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
You know, stacked up on my DVR are a bunch of Football Life on NFL Network and I haven't been able to watch. I've got six of 'em stacked up right now. But when I really feel like just completely zoning out, I watch these things called A Football Life, little biographies of former football players. So that's my guilty pleasure on television.

What do you eat for breakfast?
I very rarely eat breakfast, but when I do it is usually Cracklin' Oat Bran. I am not [a coffee drinker]. If I have any beverage in the morning it's usually orange juice.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Nachos.

What's the last book you read?
I just finished the George H.W. Bush book [Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush]. The [Jon] Meacham book

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
Perfect day off is being able to hang out in the morning without much to do and then heading to one of my kids' sporting events in the afternoon. Perfect date night is going out to dinner with Mary Pat at really nice restaurant where we don't have to rush.

What's your secret talent?
Oh, I can really sing. You know, with friends, karaoke, I have a lot of fun singing in the car when I'm driving around New Hampshire and Iowa. [My aides have] learned to love it – because they know it's not going to change!

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Mike Huckabee

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Mike Huckabee
What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Bill Maher.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs, bacon, coffee.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Chicken at Pizza Ranch.

What's the last book you read?
Our Kids by Robert Putnam.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
Being on the beach at day, going to dinner and movies at night.

What's your secret talent?
I'm a gifted rap artist … and I make amazing chili with deer that I kill.

What do your grandchildren call you?
Whatever they want! But mostly Papa and Pawpaw.

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Carly Fiorina

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Carly Fiorina

What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
House of Cards, although I haven't had time to binge watch the last season!

What do you eat for breakfast?
When I'm home I'll have cereal and yogurt or bacon and eggs, but breakfast sandwiches are great when I'm on the campaign trail.

What's your favorite thing to eat on the campaign trail?
Panera's tomato soup. I love stopping there when we're on the road!

What's the last book you read?
The Reason for God. It's a fantastic book by Dr. Timothy Keller, a pastor in N.Y.C.

What's your idea of a perfect day off? Date night?
A perfect day off is a day at home with my family, my dogs and my kitchen.

If you watched me on Jimmy Fallon you'll know that I'm great at composing songs to sing to my two dogs, Snickers and Max.

What do your grandchildren call you?
My two granddaughters call me Cece.

For more from the 2016 presidential candidates, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

With additional reporting by CHARLOTTE TRIGGS
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