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Obama Talks Donald Trump, Detroit Tigers on "Tonight Show"

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- President Obama’s 48-hour non-stop campaign “extravaganza” took a detour from the battleground states on Wednesday for a visit to Los Angeles and the Tonight Show, where Obama poked fun at his first debate performance and Donald Trump, and hinted that he’s rooting for Detroit in baseball’s World Series.

Hours after Trump unveiled a dud of a potential “bombshell” against Obama -- a call on the president to release his college records in exchange for a $5 million donation to charity -- Leno asked the president why the media mogul and reality TV star seems to have it out for the president.

“You know, this all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya,” Obama joked, alluding to Trump’s repeated birther claims.  “We had constant run-in on the soccer field, and he wasn’t very good at it.  When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”

Obama told Leno that he has never met Trump in person, though Obama did famously roast him at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington while he sat in the crowd.

With debate season complete, Obama told Leno that he harbored a bit of disappointment because “I was just getting the hang of it” and noted that it was difficult for him to assess his performances in real-time.

“You know the truth is, you don’t have a full sense of it until afterwards partly because it plays different on TV than when you’re…on the stage,” Obama said.  “Clearly, I had a bad night because the entire point of these debates is to make sure the American people understand the stakes, and everything I was saying was true.  But if you don’t have the energy and the presentation that makes people snap up and say ‘Alright I get it’ then you’re not doing your job."

“The truth is, this is not a natural way of communicating, right?  You’re sitting next to somebody and having an extended argument like that…,” the president said.

Leno interjected, “Well, you’re married!”

“Of course.  But the difference is, is that with Michelle, I just concede every point,” Obama quipped.

Turning to sports, Leno asked Obama about his pick for the 2012 baseball World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers.  (Obama is famously a Chicago White Sox fan.)

“I will say that I spent a lot of time in Detroit lately.  And I didn’t want to let Detroit go bankrupt,” Obama said tongue in cheek, taking a subtle jab at his opponent, Mitt Romney, who favored bankruptcy for GM and Chrysler without federal aid.  “In this particular World Series, I may be a little partial.”

The Tonight Show appearance was Obama’s third as president and fifth overall.  He has recently done a slew of entertainment media appearances, including a sit down with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.  On Friday, he will appear on MTV for a live 30-minute special.

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Ann Romney Explains Mitt’s Airplane Remark to Jay Leno

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Ann Romney said the air scare she had last week happened so fast there wasn’t time to panic and recalled the details of the flight diversion, resulting in her plane making an emergency landing in Denver.

“I was just watching a movie and I could see out of the corner of my eye there were a lot of hustle and bustle going by me,” Ann Romney told Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, “and all of a sudden my movie goes off and I turn around and I look at everybody and I’m like ‘Oh, there’s smoke in the cockpit and there it was.’”

She explained her husband’s subsequent comment afterward at a fundraiser when he joked that he didn’t know why the windows on the plane don’t open.

“It’s his way of making light of how worried he is about me,” she said.  “It’s his way of dealing with the panic of knowing how dangerous this was.”

Mrs. Romney appeared for the first time on the sofa of the late-night host and also revealed that after she -- amid criticism over her husband’s campaign last week -- said in an interview, “stop it.  This is hard,” that she at first thought she might have gone a little too far.

“I stepped out of the interview and I was like, ‘Oh dear, was that a little strong?’” she recalled thinking.  She said since though “everyone I’ve seen has given me high fives.”

Leno asked Mrs. Romney about the videotape of her husband's 47 percent comment made at a closed-door fundraiser.  She called the aftermath “frustrating.”

“It’s a very frustrating thing because you try so hard to get your message out,” she said.  ”You don’t like those things to get misinterpreted as to what, why we’re running and how strongly I believe and how important it is to what Mitt can bring to this country.”

She added, “we care about the 100 percent.”

Mrs. Romney said that four years ago she made a videotape and on the tape she looked into the camera and said, “Mitt, this is for you, sweetheart.  I’m never doing this again.”

She showed her husband the clips and he quipped, “You know, Ann you say that after every pregnancy.”

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Santorum Explains Late Night Romney Backing on "The Tonight Show"

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Wearing his trademark sweater vest and bringing one as a gift for his host while appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, Rick Santorum explained why he endorsed Mitt Romney in a lukewarm email that was sent to his supporters.

“You endorsed Mitt Romney last night in an email,” Leno said to Santorum.  “I thought you would be in bed at 11:00 at night.”

Santorum laughed and said, “We have seven kids so we don’t sleep.”

“Now why in the middle of the night?” asked Leno.  “It seems kind of tepid, doesn’t it?”

Santorum, who seemed relaxed and wore a mischievous grin at times during the interview, said it just took him time to embrace his former rival, and mentioned the meeting the two had in Pittsburgh on Friday.

“I think we just needed some time,” Santorum told Leno.  “It was a rough-and-tumble campaign.  I can’t say it would have been an easy thing the next day to turn around and say, ‘Let’s just go forward.’  It was tough and so I wanted an opportunity to, sort of, think about it a little bit and [let the] family think about it.”

He added that he “has some concerns” he wanted to discuss with Romney before formally endorsing him.

“I voiced some of the things that I thought were important for us if we are going to be successful in this general election that he would take the cudgel and run with it,” Santorum said, before explaining why the email came in after 11 p.m.

“We decided to put it out late at night so it would be, sort of, the first thing people would see in the morning,” Santorum said.

Santorum’s email to supporters was also quite lengthy, and Leno pointed out Santorum didn’t actually explicitly mention he was endorsing Romney until the 13th paragraph of a 16 paragraph email, saying it was “kind of buried.”

Santorum explained that it was a letter to his supporters telling them why they should “rally around Mitt Romney” and he explained that he “laid out, sort of, the case and just said, you know, ‘here’s sort of what we went through.’”

Leno brought up Santorum calling Romney the “worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama” on the campaign trail.  Santorum answered that he was talking about the issue of “Obamacare” and he acknowledged that “unfortunately” the presumptive GOP nominee was the “Romneycare author,” which was the “predecessor of Obamacare,” but he trusts that Romney will “work with the Republican Congress to repeal it.”

Santorum’s warmest words for his rival came at the very end of the interview when Leno shook his hand and asked if he was going to give it another go and run in 2016.

The former candidate did not hesitate: “We are going to have a Republican president,” Santorum said referring to Romney.

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Romney Tells Leno He’d Rather Santorum as VP than President

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) — It wasn’t all laughs for Mitt Romney during an interview with Jay Leno on the host’s late-night television show, during which Romney discussed delegate math, the war in Afghanistan and health care.

Sitting down for his fourth interview on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Romney hit on many of the points he discusses daily on the campaign trail. One thing not talked about on the show? Cars, despite Romney and Leno’s shared love for automobiles.

On Rick Santorum criticizing him and suggesting he would be his vice president in the same week:

“Well, you know, you’re on all the time when you’re running for office,” Romney said. “Everything you say is being followed by, you know, a small camera of some kind that someone has. You don’t always get every word just right. And so you have to give people a little bit of slack I think. In this case Rick Santorum is a good guy, he’s running a good campaign. We have some differences in background and differences on some issues, but basically a good guy and, you know, I’m happy with him saying he’d like to be part of an administration with me, nothing wrong with that, if he’s the VP that’s better. I’d rather be the president, let him be the vice president.”

On the road to the White House:

“Well, they allocate the delegates on a proportional basis this time, so we knew it was going to take awhile, and I actually sent my son Matt to go to the northern Mariana Islands, we got nine delegates there, to go to Guam — nine delegates there,” said Romney. “Ann and I went to Puerto Rico, got 20 delegates there. So we keep adding them up and plan on becoming the nominee.”

On whether a brokered convention in August is likely:

“I don’t think so,” Romney said. “I think it’s more likely that we’ll rally around a candidate. I hope it’s me. And I think if we wait until the end of August to have a nominee, it makes it a lot tougher to be successful in replacing our president. And I know there are some who think President Obama ought to be re-elected, I’m not one of them. I think it’s time to get someone new.”

On Russian President Dmitry Medvedev suggesting that Romney’s remarks that Russia is the United States’ No. 1 geopolitical foe is a statement stuck in the 1970s, and whether Russians are more like us than our other enemies:

“I don’t want to call the Russians our -- someone like us exactly,” Romney said. “The Russian people, certainly, are people like us, but you have Vladamir Putin and Mr. Medvedev, and they’re continuing to support Iran and to keep us from putting in place crippling sanctions against Iran as it pursues its nuclear weaponry. They continue to support Assad, Bashir Assad in Syria. They continue to support people like Chavez and Castro. They basically stand up for the world’s worst actors, and when America tries to put pressure on those actors with sanctions or other U.N. actions, Russia always stands up for what I would consider to be the world’s worst leaders. So if they were like us they would say, you know what, get rid of Assad. They’d say -- Iran, you may not have nuclear weapons, that is unacceptable, we’re going to put in place crippling sanctions against you. Kim Jong Il, open up your nation and let people have freedom. If they were like us, they’d be speaking in favor of freedom as opposed to opposing it.”

On health care coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions:

“Yeah, well, people who have been continuously insured, let’s say someone’s had a job for a while and been insured, then they get real sick and they happen to lose a job, or change jobs, they find, gosh, I got a pre-existing condition I can’t get insured, I’d say no, no, no. As long as you have been continuously insured, you ought to be able to get insurance going forward. So, you would have to take that problem away. You have to make sure that legislation doesn’t allow insurance companies to reject people.”

“People with pre-existing conditions, as long as they have been insured before, they are going to be able to continue to have insurance,” he said.

Asked about those who might have not have insurance but they try to get it with a pre-existing condition, Romney said, “If they are 45 years old and they show up and say I want insurance because I have heart disease, it’s like, hey guys. We can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you are well and then if you get ill, you are going to be covered.”

On whether he’ll reveal the federal agencies he’ll cut as president before he’s election:

“Uh, depends on whether I have that answer to that. I mean, we’ll look agency by agency and think where the opportunities are best, but I’ll take a lot of what Washington does and send it back to the states. And I’m talking Medicaid and food stamps and housing vouchers and training programs, and give the money back to the states and they can run programs for their own poor in the way they think best.”

On whether the recent shooting in Afghanistan suggest we’re working our troops too hard overseas:

“Now that Iraq is completed, the number of rotations will come down and of course in Afghanistan the numbers of troops are being brought down as well and we’re not going to determine our foreign policy based on the actions of one very ill individual, but at a time like this the president is proposing reducing our number of active duty personnel. And you raised I think a very legitimate concern. My view is we should be adding 100,000 active duty personnel, not reducing our military budget and reducing the number of people who can be in conflict protecting America. It’s a dangerous world. Let’s not reduce our military,” said Romney, who later went on to repeat his criticism of the Obama administration’s release of the withdrawal date in Afghanistan.

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Paul Says He Prescribed Birth Control During Time as OB-GYN

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Ron Paul, during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night, admitted that he prescribed birth control pills during his time as a practicing OB-GYN in Texas.

“I was also putting myself out of business, all this birth control,” said Paul adding, “They had less babies.”

The Texas congressman, who is credited with delivering 4,000 babies during his four-decade career, also said he wouldn’t ban the morning after pill, equating it to “surgical instruments,” which although might be used for certain things, shouldn’t be banned.

Paul made the comments after Leno asked the congressman if he ever prescribed birth control to patients -- a contentious issue this campaign cycle and a practice opposed by his chief GOP rivals.

The question was inspired by Sandra Fluke, a law student vaulted into the national spotlight this month after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified for a House Committee in support of President Obama’s mandate that would require private health insurance to pay for women’s birth control medicine.

Leno continued, asking Paul if a woman should have the right to choose.

“Yeah, I think so she should, but does the infant have the right to choose?” said Paul whose position on contraception changes as the fetus develops.

“The baby at eight months and weighs eight pounds -- should you, the mother have the right to abort?” said Paul.  ”I have not been able to accept that.”

He went on to say that the abortion issue would be solved when people’s morality changes, not the laws.

The interview, which lasted most of the second half hour, also touched on some lighter topics, such as a rumored pact between he and his GOP rival Mitt Romney.

“It’s very secret, because he and I don’t know a whole lot about it,” said Paul to laugher.

Paul, who rejected Secret Service protection, calling it “welfare,” did say he would choose the code name “Bulldog” if he was ever granted protection.

The congressman, who is 76, also commented on his rigorous fitness routine, which includes walking and biking, sometimes twice a day when he’s off the campaign trail.

Leno contrasted a picture of an active Paul with a picture of a shirtless Rick Santorum lying on the beach in Puerto Rico.

“You should take him bike riding with you,” said Leno over laughter.

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Michelle Obama: The President ‘Sings to Me All the Time’

The White House(BURBANK, Calif.) -- First lady Michelle Obama said her husband -- a recent singing sensation -- doesn’t hesitate to “show off his lungs” and sings to her all the time.

President Obama proved his vocal ability when he sang a few lines of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at a campaign event earlier this month.

‪”That was completely spontaneous,” Mrs. Obama told Jay Leno in an interview on NBC’s The Tonight Show Tuesday night.  “I didn’t even hear about it until it got on YouTube, but he does have a beautiful voice, and he sings to me all the time.” ‪

While the first lady admitted, “I can’t sing,” she said the president doesn’t “hesitate to show off his lungs to his wife.  He’s good.” ‪

“Let’s Stay Together” is apparently one of the president’s signature songs.

“I knew when people said he sang, I thought I’ll bet he sang Al Green,” Mrs. Obama said.  “He sings a lot of Al Green, Marvin Gaye, a little Stevie [Wonder].  He likes the classics.” ‪

First daughters Malia and Sasha, however, may not be big fans of their dad’s public crooning.

“Anything we do is highly embarrassing.  They just want us to be very quiet, very quiet,” Mrs. Obama said.

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Rick Perry Uses Late-Night Show to Make Light of His Gaffes

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- In an attempt to reconstruct his image after committing one gaffe after another, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit the late-night circuit Thursday night for the second time in recent weeks, trying to turn his recent blunders into comic relief instead of allowing the conversation to focus on the mistakes that could contribute to the derailment of his candidacy.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Perry, wearing his cowboy boots and walking out to “Deep In The Heart of Texas,” spun his debate gaffe as a simple moment of forgetfulness.

“Well, you know, one, two, and then -- uh, uh.  It happens, man.  Let me tell you.  I said, ‘Listen, it happens,’” said Perry, referring to his inability during a debate to remember the third federal department he would eliminate as president.  “Every now and then I call my dogs by the wrong name.  I get that wrong, too.”

In the opening sketch of the comedy show, Perry and Leno turned the Texas governor’s “Oops” moment into a joke about the Kardashian sisters.  As Leno struggled to name one of the three sisters, Perry chimed in: “Khloe.  It’s just three names, Jay.  It’s not that hard to remember.”

Perry’s appearance on The Tonight Show revealed the candidate’s ability to make light of his mistakes while he faces criticism for his blunders.  The campaign further tried to capitalize off the moment by turning his debate gaffe into a television ad in Iowa, which aired before and after his appearance on Leno, highlighting his slip-up as a human moment.

“You know, we’ve all lost our train of thought before, but not many have done it on national TV.  If you want a slick debater, I’m obviously not your guy, but if you want to clean house in Washington with a balanced budget amendment, a flat tax and a part-time Congress, I’m your man,” Perry said in the 30-second ad.

“I’m Rick Perry, and what’s that line again?” he said as the ad drew to a close.

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Rick Perry to Appear on 'The Tonight Show' Thursday

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Rick Perry is set to appear on his second late-night show this campaign cycle on Thursday when he will be a guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, according to a promo that aired during Sunday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Kansas City Chiefs game.

Perry made his campaign debut on the late-night circuit earlier in the month when he read the Top 10 list on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman in an attempt to make light of his debate gaffe in which he fumbled the name of the third department he would eliminate as president.

“Number six.  Hey listen, you try concentrating when Mitt Romney’s smiling at you.  That is one handsome dude,” Perry joked about his slip-up.

The Texas governor is not a newcomer to late-night shows.  As he promoted his anti-federal government book Fed Up! in 2010, he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Obama Waiting ‘Til ‘Everybody’s Voted Off the Island’ to Watch GOP Field

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- President Obama said Tuesday that he’s not paying attention to the Republican presidential debates, joking that he is “going to wait until everybody’s voted off the island.”

“Once they narrow it down to one or two, I’ll start paying attention,” the president said of his Republican rivals in an interview with Jay Leno set to air Tuesday on NBC’s Tonight Show.

Obama taped the interview, his fourth appearance on the show, Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, Calif., where the president attended campaign events on Monday. The president is also fundraising in San Francisco, Denver and Las Vegas during his West Coast swing.

Obama covered a range of topics during his sitdown with Leno, including the end of the war in Iraq and the president’s waning approval ratings.

When asked about the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Obama said it “sends a strong message” to other dictators around the world.

“This is somebody who for 40 years had terrorized his country and supported terrorism. He had an opportunity during the Arab Spring to finally let loose of his grip on power and to peacefully transition to democracy. We gave him ample opportunity and he wouldn’t do it,” he said.

“Obviously you never like to see anybody come to the kind of end that he did, but I think it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators that people want to be free,” Obama said.

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Michele Bachmann Tells Jay Leno She’s ‘Convicted’ in Her Views

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann hit the late-night comedy circuit Friday evening with an appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“If you become president—and you seem pretty strident in your views,” Jay Leno said, before Bachmann interrupted him.

“Convicted. I’m convicted,” she said.

“Convicted?” Leno replied. “No, you don’t get convicted until after you’re in office. That’s later. You have to get elected first.”

Leno asked the Minnesota congresswoman about Monday’s GOP debate when she ripped rival Rick Perry for his executive order requiring young girls to receive inoculations against a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer and then later suggested that the vaccine could cause mental retardation.

“I wasn’t speaking as a doctor,” Bachmann said. “I wasn’t speaking as a scientist. I was just relating what this woman said. She came up and I wasn’t soliciting that information, she gave it to me. But the bigger issue in all this was the abuse of executive privilege and also just the connection of crony capitalism if you have a political donor that is giving to you and an action is taken by a government official that could potentially benefit that donor, that’s really the issue right now. That’s what people are worried about.”

Asked about her family’s Christian counseling clinic and if they try to make homosexuals “pray away the gay,” Bachmann pointed to her hair and joked, “When I heard that I really thought it was like kind of a mid-life crisis line, like, ‘Pray away the gray.’”

But unfortunately for her, the joke fell flat with the audience not laughing at all.

Later in the often awkward interview, Leno asked Bachmann who she would pick as her running mate and she said, “You’re taken. You don’t want a cut in pay.” To which he replied, “Well, we’d probably have an argument over the gay thing.”

Also Bachmann described the Tea Party as a group that stands for “pretty mainstream stuff.” And when asked about Rick Perry’s surge up the polls since he entered the race at the same time as she won the Iowa straw poll last month, Bachmann stated, “We’re in for the marathon. We’re not in it for the sprint.”

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