January 5th, 2008
11:58 AM ET
13 years ago

Paul to make pre-vote late night appearance

(CNN) - Ron Paul is stealing a page from Mike Huckabee’s winning campaign playbook.

The Republican presidential candidate will be a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday night, just hours before New Hampshire’s primary voters head to the polls. The Texas congressman will chat with the late night host about his recent snub from the planned FOX debate in the Granite State, according to spokesman Jesse Benton.

Huckabee appeared on the Tonight Show the day before last Thursday's Iowa caucuses, despite warnings from some that the former Arkansas governor couldn’t afford to take valuable time away from the trail for a taping at the show's Burbank, California studios. Hours after his visit, he won the state’s GOP caucuses.

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Ron Paul
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Keith Bennis

    Great! He deserves the air time.

    January 6, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  2. fabooj, Los Angeles, CA

    Whoo-hoo and other GOP picket line crosser!

    January 6, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  3. Dee Standley

    Monday night Leno... watch it!

    January 6, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  4. Alex Lotorto, Milford PA

    Here's a better title for this article:


    January 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  5. anonymous

    As a voter I would want to see all of the candidates in the debate even the ones who may not be doing very well in the polls, so that I am able to make a well informed decision about who I vote for without looking at poll numbers. As mentioned in one of the debates it is not about the poll numbers but the principles that the candidate stands for. Also, I think that Fox said that they would not let Ron Paul and other candidates in the debate because they did not have engough room. I don't understand why they could not of brought a large television screen in, with Ron Paul and other candidates in another room so that they're able to voice their opinion. This will help voters have a fair balanced perspective. This is just my opinion of course I could be wrong. I am just trying to look at this logically without coming to the conclusion that Fox is trying to censor a candidate and prevent people from seeing all perspectives. It would be sort of scary for me to come to this conclusion.

    Well at least I know that I can trust CNN to offer us a fair balanced perspective

    January 6, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  6. Monty

    I hope he takes FOX to the woodshed.

    January 6, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  7. Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR

    Paul has already been on Jay Leno. The only people stealing a "play" are the other neoconservatives who recently co-opted a number of things from Ron Paul's platform. Ron has been talking about eliminating the IRS on principle since 1988, now here comes Huckabee wanting to do the same. Fundamental difference : Huckabee wants to replace it with a national sales tax to catch the underground economy ( nevermind that seniors on fixed income will be caught in his little scheme to tax hookers and drug dealers ). Everyone talks tough on the border RECENTLY, but RP is the only one addressing CHAIN MIGRATION by wanting to eliminate birthright citizenship. No more anchor babies. NO amnesty. Can anyone seriously trust McCain not to sign an amnesty? Can anyone seriously trust Romney, who employs them to cut his grass?

    Anyway, bottom line : unless RP gets the nomination, we're going to get what everyone ELSE deserves. When the dollar defaults, our civil liberties are gone for good, and we find ourselves in the middle of WW3, who will there be to blame for this, except the American people for not taking the time to study these candidates and make an educated choice?

    January 6, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  8. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    Hope Fox enjoys that – I bet you more people will watch the Tonight Show than Fox's wonderful tea party. Ron Paul is a factor in this race – like it or not.

    January 6, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  9. curtis

    Notice, it's only Republicans who don't respect a striking worker.

    January 6, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  10. Ron Pauls upporter

    Ron Paul already appeared on the Tonight Show... on October 30, 2007 with the Sex Pistols. It was a great appearance by Ron! There were so many supporters outside the studio. I appreciate Jay Leno having him back.

    January 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Ron Paul...90% excellent ideas....(its the 10% insane ideas that make him not viable for president) – Libertarians always have weird anti-government ideas....i.e. shutting down the CIA, FBI, department of Education....and pulling back from the global economy...read the whole message....)

    January 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. T. Russell Hunter

    Go watch Ron Paul's video's on youtube. This guy is amazing.

    NH please send a message to the nation.

    January 7, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  13. Bradly

    George Washington staged a surprise military attack on the redcoats on Christmas and if Ron Paul needs to cross a picket line to save this country, so be it. Patriots use the most unsavory tools.

    January 7, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  14. cliftnote

    On January 17, 1961, during a "Farewell Address To The Nation", Dwight Eisenhower warned the U.S. people about the accumulation of power by the military-industrial complex. To commemorate this profound foresight, I am asking all Ron Paul supporters to donate either your time or money to the Ron Paul Campaign on 1/17/08.

    You can accomplish this by going to RonPaul2008.com! May we have a fundraising phenomenon unlike any other.

    January 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Rick Anderson

    Ron Paul is a great American and the exclusion from the FOX DEBATE was an inexcusable.

    Fox news was set up as a vehicle to undermine the interest of the United States.

    That is why FOX paid so much for the NFL AND BASEBALL in the 90's....

    because they knew this day would come and the sports gave them credibility with the middle class.

    Doesn't Murdoch's News Corp own Fox...Murdoch is not even a US citizen...

    what is Murdochs agenda?

    January 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Bob

    What is the stigma attached to crossing a picket line if you're not going to do the person's job? It's not like he's going to write Leno's script.

    I hope he stays on-message, because I think sometimes he assumes his core messages are obvious and gets off on tangents like complaining about the media. His supporters know where he stands, but the average person needs to be told like 50 times. He could take a lesson from Barack Obama's success in just talking about "change" constantly. It might sound something like this:


    Then, the people who care can go and learn more about his specific plans, and the people who don't, well, hopefully at least they are cognizant of the fact that Iraq was an unconstitutional, undeclared war, and they'll vote for that crazy constitution-lover, Ron Paul.

    January 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Michelle

    I refuse to watch Fox due to the false news they provide. I work in the medicare Ins. industry and know full well that people born after my generation will NOT see SS/Medicare/Medicaid. My generation will see it because of the promise Pres.Ronald Reagan made .

    So Mr. Paul is right when he said they shouldn't have to pay into it.. As for FBI,CIA,IRS and the Ed dept. GOOD BYE! No child left behind is a joke and you know it. CIA/FBI is another joke cause if they did the job they are suppose to Sept.11 would have NEVER happened.

    IRS is not a joke but a nightmare and out of control.

    I would like to see a Pres. that knows history so we dont repeat the bad stuff and knows that he is the head of the armed forces NOT the head of the world.

    My vote will be RON PAUL

    January 8, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Dan from Pa.

    Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR, Michelle and a few others are right on the money, if people would only do some investigative reading, they would find the IRS laws only pertain to Taxpayers and not citizens that do not work for the government. Imagine how corrupt your government must be to participate in such a fraud. Don't believe me or Bob, go look it up for yourself. If this country continues to elect the candidates that the media forces down your throat every four years nothing is ever going to change the direction in which we are now headed. I too believe that Ron Paul is the candidate making the most sense and has the right convictions, we either go back to the constitution as our law of the land or we can kiss everything we know as it is today good-by.

    January 9, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |