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Joe Biden Pushes Early Voting on "Late Show with David Letterman"

Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden hit the late-night comedy scene Thursday night by reading his “Top Ten″ list of reasons to vote early on the Late Show with David Letterman.

“Honestly, don’t you want this election over with already?” Biden said as his number one reason to vote early.

Throughout their campaign stops in October, Biden and President Obama encouraged supporters to head to the voting booths early to help them win some of the key battleground states. 

Immediately after Biden stepped off the stage in Ocala, Fla., Wednesday afternoon, an Obama for America team leader took the stage to inform supporters that volunteers were waiting outside the event to drive them to cast their ballots early.

Biden’s Top Ten Reasons to Vote Early:

10. I’m not saying each early voter gets a free cheeseburger, but I’m not saying they don’t either.

9. It’s vastly more effective than voting late.

8. You know who votes early?  People with a backbone like a ramrod.

7. In a less crowded polling center, there’s plenty of room to stretch out, linger and relax.

6. If you vote early you don’t have to pay taxes.  I’m sorry I’m being told that’s not accurate.

5. Single and looking to mingle?  Find that special someone in the early voting booth.

4. Of course, there’s the open bar.

3. Not exercising your right to vote is malarkey -- it’s literally malarkey.

2. Early voters will receive a $5 million donation from Donald Trump.

1. Honestly, don’t you want this election over with already?

Biden concluded his early voting roundup by thanking Letterman for having him on the show and warning him, “Dave, I hope to hell you voted.”

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Donald Trump Talks More About $5M Offer to Obama on "Late Show"

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, Donald Trump said he’ll have a check for $5 million ready for President Obama to donate to his favorite charity if Obama releases his college transcripts.

In fact, the real estate mogul and host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice told the host of CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday that he’ll sweeten the pot if he likes what he sees.  The offer will be rescinded at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 31.

A skeptical Letterman, who has openly questioned why Trump is obsessed with finding out if the president was actually born in the U.S., asked why Trump is so interested in the college records when Obama is not legally obligated to release them.

Running off a list of other presidential candidates in the past who have revealed their college records, Trump, who supports Mitt Romney, says he wants “transparency” and also remarked that it would show where the president was born.

Letterman, who alternately appeared amused and aggravated with Trump, said the president should be above coercion and blackmail, something his guest bristled at.

When Letterman suggested that it would only be fair for Romney to release the 10 years of tax returns the Obama campaign has demanded, Trump said he would be open to a swap: the tax filings for the Obama college records.

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Obama to Letterman on Romney’s 47 Percent: Not Many ‘Think They’re Victims’

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his first response to Mitt Romney’s comments that 47 percent of voters believe “they are victims” and would cast their ballots for the president “no matter what,” President Obama told David Letterman Tuesday night, “If you want to be president you’ve got to work for everybody, not just for some.”

“I don’t know what he was referring to,” the president said during an appearance on CBS' Late Show. “But I can tell you this. When I won in 2008, 47 percent of the American people voted for John McCain.  They didn’t vote for me. What I said on election night was even though you didn’t vote for me, I hear your voices and I’m going as work as hard as I can to be your president.”

“One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country.  And when I meet Republicans as I’m traveling around the country, they are hardworking family people who care deeply about this country.  And my expectation is if you want to be president you’ve got to work for everybody, not just for some.”

Speaking to donors at a private fundraiser that was secretly videotaped and later made public by Mother Jones magazine, Romney said, “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. These are people who pay no income tax.”

“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney added. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The president adamantly denied Romney’s assertion. “There are not a lot of people out there who think they’re victims,” he told Letterman. “There are not a lot of people who think they’re entitled to something.”

“What I think people want to make sure of, though, is you’re not writing off a big chunk of the country,” the president said. “This is a big country....And people disagree a lot, but one thing I’ve never tried to do, and I think none of us can do in public office, is suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re victims or they’re unpatriotic.”

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Michelle Obama Tunes Out RNC, Tells Voters to Tune In

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama said she has not watched any of the 2012 Republican National Convention; aides to her husband, President Obama, said he hasn’t either.

But Michelle Obama told Late Show host David Letterman Wednesday night that “it’s very important for everyone to watch as much of both conventions as possible.”

“Let me start by saying I, as the wife of the guy they’re running against, I tend not to watch it, but I think it’s important for everyone to watch these conventions because this is the time you get to know the party, you understand the platform, you understand the candidates,” Obama said, according to advance excerpts of her appearance released by the show.

Her late-night appearance -- set to air Wednesday following primetime convention coverage and a televised address by Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan -- was primarily aimed at younger and women voters whom the Obama campaign has been courting all week.

Democrats have been urging both constituencies to pay close attention to the GOP convention and the party platform, which they described as “extreme.”

Letterman asked the first lady about recent controversial comments by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who falsely claimed in an interview last week that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.

“When you have a guy, and I don’t want to embarrass anybody … like Todd Akin, and, for whatever reason, he says something that he wishes he hadn’t said, and there’s some embarrassment, is it a big deal?  Is it not a big deal?” Letterman asked. “I don’t know, dumb guys are allowed to say dumb things?”

“That’s how guys are,” Michelle Obama joked.

Asked whether she and the president ever talked privately about Akin or other politicians who say “dumb things,” the first lady was coy.

“There are moments when there are interesting things that happen, and we discuss them,” she said. “There are times.”

Obama’s sit-down with Letterman, billed by the White House as an “official” appearance to promote her nutrition and fitness initiatives, was her third in as many years.

While in New York City Wednesday, the first lady also taped episodes of The Dr. Oz Show and Rachael Ray that will air in September, the administration said.

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Michelle Obama to Make Third "Late Show" Appearance

Leon Neal/WPA POOL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It looks like first lady Michelle Obama just can't get enough of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Mrs. Obama is set to make her third late night appearance on the broadcast Aug. 29.  Her appearance coincides with the third night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

The first lady last appeared on the talk show in June, promoting her book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

Mrs. Obama's upcoming appearance on Letterman will be focused on education as the nation goes back to school.  She will speak on "helping parents get their children ready to return to the classroom" and "important changes to school lunch programs nationwide," according to CBS.

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Romney Delivers Letterman’s Top Ten List at Gingrich’s Expense

James Devaney/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- In his third appearance on CBS’ Late Night with David Letterman, presidential candidate Mitt Romney cracked a joke at the expense of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich Monday night.

Delivering the program's famous Top Ten List, Romney mentioned his GOP rival in his number two response to the "Top Ten Things Mitt Romney Would Like to Say to the American People.”

"Newt Gingrich, really?" Romney answered.

Here is the full Top Ten List:

10. Isn’t it time for a president who looks like a 1970s game show host?

9. What’s up gangstas, -- it’s the m-i-double-tizzle.

8. I have no proof, but I have a feeling Canada is planning something.

7. Actually, I’m only here to meet Tom Cruise.

6. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!

5. My new cologne is now available at Macy’s.  It’s "Mitt-stified."

4. I just used all my campaign money to buy a zoo with Matt Damon.

3. I can do a lot, but even I can’t fix the Indianapolis Colts.

2. Newt Gingrich, really?

1. It’s a hairpiece.

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Rick Perry Pokes Fun at Self with Top 10 List on 'Letterman'

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rick Perry attempted to get in front of his debate gaffe Thursday by appearing on eight television shows, including a cameo reading the Top 10 List of Best Rick Perry Excuses on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Here's a rundown of the list:

10. Actually there were three reasons I messed up last night.  One was the nerves.  Two was the headache and three um … uh … oops.

9. I don’t know what you’re talking about, I think things went well.

8. Hey I was up late last night watching Dancing with the Stars.

7. I thought the debate was tonight.

6. Hey listen you try concentrating when Mitt Romney’s smiling at you.  That is one handsome dude.

5. Uh, El Nino?

4. I had a five hour energy drink six hours before the debate.

3. You know I really hoped it would get me on my favorite talk show, but instead I ended up here.

2. I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.

1. I just learned Justin Bieber is my father.

During Wednesday’s debate, Perry failed to remember the name of a third agency -- the Department of Energy -- which he would eliminate as he restructured the government if he becomes president.

David Letterman took the opportunity to ridicule the Texas governor for the debate flub, calling it a “test of the emergency alert system” and a “George W. Bush Junior moment.”

Letterman also delivered a veiled swipe at Republican candidate Herman Cain, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment.

“It’s nice to see a guy running for president who’s only groping for words,” Letterman joked.

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