Fred Thompson Set for ‘Tonight Show’ With Jay Leno

Fred Thompson Set for ‘Tonight Show’ With Jay Leno

By Jim Roberts
Jun 12, 2007

It’s doubtful that he’ll be toting a saxophone ala Bill Clinton but undeclared presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be in Burbank today to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”  The former Tennessee senator has yet to enter the raise but one poll has him statically tied with frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.

Fred Thompson Set for 'Tonight Show' With Jay Leno
Fred Thompson Set for ‘Tonight Show’ With Jay Leno

Thompson, who played Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s “Law & Order” the past five seasons, was second in the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll released yesterday, with 21 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led with 27 percent. McCain fell one spot to third with 12 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in fourth with 10 percent.


George Will asks: “If he did not look like a basset hound who had just read a sad story—say, “Old Yeller”—and if he did not talk like central casting’s idea of the god Sincerity, would anyone think he ought to be entrusted with the nation’s nuclear arsenal? He is an actor, and, as a Hollywood axiom says, the key to acting is sincerity—if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

Will is unimpressed and believes that the Thompson campaign will “pop” soon as Thompson is more style than substance.  Perhaps, but running as an outsider against Washington, DC is the absolute perfect place to be right now.  Fred Thompson is there.

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