Fred Thompson Makes A Late-Night Late Entry
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 6, 2007; Page A01
DURHAM, N.H., Sept. 5 — After months of testing the waters, former senator Fred Thompson (Tenn.) jumped into the race for the Republican presidential nomination on late-night television Wednesday, as his eight rivals clashed here in a debate that featured sharp exchanges over Iraq and immigration.
Thompson used an appearance on NBC‘s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” to kick off his campaign. “I’m running for president of the United States,” Thompson told Leno during the show’s taping early Wednesday evening.
Well, why not? Republicans haven’t done much for the country since their last actor. Ronald Reagan had plenty of supporters and detractors, but at least he could keep his lines straight and (as Spencer Tracy advised) “not bump into the furniture.”
A campaign kickoff on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. How emblematic.