Senators promote reality show on David Letterman

Senators promote show on David Letterman

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – What do you do after surviving a government shutdown, and life on a remote island with no food or water? Survive late night television, of course.

“Let’s talk about this show, what is it, why did we do this, and how can we prevent it from happening again,” David Letterman joked with New Mexico Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

The two were on Letterman’s show promoting their new show “Rival Survival,” an idea the pair came up with after burning the midnight oil during last year’s budget shutdown.

Heinrich pitched the show to the Discovery Channel which jumped at the chance to shoot it. The show follows the two senators who were dropped off in the Marshall Islands into shark-infested waters, left to fend on for themselves.

“They didn’t exactly drop us off on an island, that’s what we had in mind,” said Heinrich. “They dropped us off in the ocean and we had to swim to the first island, then we had to swim from the first island to the second island, and we weren’t alone. There were sharks and currents.”

The public can catch the episode which is expected to air Wednesday on Discovery Channel. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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