Presidential aspirant Jeb Bush will visit “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on June 16, the day after he is expected to formally announce his candidacy.
It will be the first appearance by the former Florida governor — brother of George W., son of George H.W. — on a late-night talk show. Under Jay Leno, “The Tonight Show” was an all-but-required stop for presidential candidates and was considered a friendlier venue for Republicans than David Letterman’s “Late Show” or either of Comedy Central’s late-night shows.
Since Fallon took over the reins of “The Tonight Show” in February 2014, he has welcomed several politicians, including frequent guest Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
Bush is considered a frontrunner in the race for the White House and has been busy in Europe this week burnishing his foreign policy credentials. He faces stiff competition in the polls from fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio, but he may get a leg up as the first declared candidate in the ever-expanding GOP field to make a visit to “Tonight.”
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