Step Three: Turns Out They Hate Lying 

The audio tape of the interview Karsnia conducted with Craig is not what you might call one of the senator's finer moments. The two of them batted back and forth, with Craig offering a version of events that Karsnia said was a lie. It's not the sort of thing you ever want thrown at you by a cop, especially if you're a U.S. senator.

Karsnia first read Craig his Miranda rights, then asked him for his version of events.

"I sit down, to go to the bathroom, and you said our feet bumped," Craig said. "I believe they did, because I reached down and scooted over, and the next thing I knew, under the bathroom divider comes a card that says, 'Police.'"

"I don't want to get into a pissing match," Karsnia said.

"We're not going to," Craig said. "I'm not gay, I don't get into these kinds of things."

Shoot, where have we heard that one before...

"I know you're out to enforce the law, but you shouldn't be out to entrap people, either," Craig said.

Karsnia, at this point, has yet to lose his cool.

Craig begins to talk about a piece of paper he said was on the floor, and that he picked that up with his right hand, not his left hand. Karsnia said there wasn't any paper on the floor and, let's face it people, who picks anything off the floor of an airport bathroom?

"You're skipping some parts here," Karsnia said. "What about your hands?"

"What about it?" Craig asks, then repeats his paper-on-the-floor story.

This is about where Karsnia begins to lose it with Craig.

"You're not being truthful to me. I'm kind of disappointed right now. Just so you know, I've tried to treat people with dignity. Every person I've had to deal with so far has told me the truth." Once again, Craig describes why his hand might have gone under the divider: to pick up some paper.

"Sir, we deal with people that lie to us every day. We deal with a lot of people that are very bad people. You're not a bad person," Karsnia said.

"No, I don't think so," Craig said.

Karsnia assured Craig that if he cooperated, this wouldn't be a big deal: He'd pay a fine, and walk out of there. "I don't call the media, I don't get into that kind of crap," Karsnia said. He asked Craig to start again from the beginning.

As for the feet, Craig said, "I'm a fairly wide guy. I tend to spread my legs when I lower my pants, so they won't slide down. Did I slide them too close to yours? I looked down and your foot was close to mine. Did they bump? You said so. I don't recall that. Apparently they were close."

"Embarrassing," Karsnia said. "I'm disrespected right now ... you're sitting here lying to a police officer."

The last words that Karsnia gets in on the interview are the ones that might resonate the most with voters and, we might guess, with Sen. Craig.

"I guess I'm going to say that i'm disappointed in you sir, I just really am. I mean, people vote for you," he said.

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