(CNN) – Ever wonder how political reporters survive on the campaign trail, traveling from city to city, trailing a presidential candidate? And how do they keep track of the time zones?
CNN's political team held the second election roundtable Tuesday, fielding questions on presidential and down-ballot campaigns in real time, giving viewers insight into life on the trail.
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Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room," moderated the panel of political reporters and producers. Peter Hamby, Shawna Shepherd, Rachel Streitfeld and Shannon Travis all participated in the discussion.
"We've got our amazing team of 'embeds' – those CNN reporters and producers who have been traveling around the country with the presidential candidates as they campaign to become the next president of the United States," Blitzer said in his introduction.
Questions included a query into CNN's system for allocating delegates after primary elections, a request for insight into Tuesday's gubernatorial recall in Wisconsin and a question about why CNN doesn't cover Ron Paul or third party candidates as much.
"We've had Ron Paul on all of the CNN shows, including mine, many many times, arguably more than any of the other candidates, mainly because he is so available, ready to be a guest," said Blitzer in response to the question.
Asked what the funniest thing they had seen on the campaign trail, the reporters and producers pointed back to early moments from the 2012 campaign.
"I've had the pleasure of going to a number of zoos with Newt Gingrich, and a number of bowling alleys with Rick Santorum," Shepherd said.
Hamby also remembered accidentally hitting Romney in the head with a boom microphone in 2008. "That has not happened this cycle, so far, probably because Mitt Romney is a little more protected than some of the other candidates," Hamby said.
CNN's political team also answered a question about what it's like to cover a candidate at the end of their campaign.
"It's always amazing to me that a candidate can clearly be in the losing days of their campaign but still put on their game face," Hamby said.
And as for their biggest challenge?
"The one thing that was always been difficult for me was remembering which time zone I was in," added Travis. "There would be times where I was late, or running late, because I didn't remember which time zone I was in."