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Kaine Prepares to Defend Spelling Bee Crown

Kaine cramming for the spelling bee? (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers are of very different minds as to what’s going to help them carry the day Wednesday, when they face off against political scribes at the National Press Club’s biennial spelling bee.

The “Politicians vs. Press ” showdown, the third such meeting of its kind, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the club's downtown headquarters.  

The defending champ, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., will fight to retain “The Best Speller in the United States” crown he earned in 2013, after correctly spitting out “nonpareil.”