Republican Ron Paul became the latest presidential hopeful to make his (or her) way to late-night television Friday night when he appeared as lead guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Leno and Paul discussed a number of key subjects, including Donald Trump and his role in making or breaking candidates. “Is Trump a kingmaker?” asked Leno, who was curious to learn whether Paul had paid Trump a visit in search of an endorsement from the “Apprentice” star.
On the topic of gay marriage, Paul held to his libertarian beliefs that the government shouldn’t be in the business of regulating marriages. Said he, “My position on marriage is the government ought to just stay out of it totally and completely and quit arguing about it.”
Similarly, on the subject of legalizing and/or regulating marijuana sales and use, Paul invoked his belief that that’s not a task given to the federal government in the U.S. Constitution. In his answer on this issue, he reiterated his very thoughtful take on what the federal government should be involved in — in a nutshell, preserving and safeguarding our basic civil liberties.
Paul’s visit to “Tonight” continues the march of Republican presidential candidates on to the late-night shows. We’ve already seen Michele Bachmann (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”), Herman Cain (“Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Letterman”), and Rick Perry (“Leno,” “Letterman”). And next week, look for Mitt Romney delivering the “Top Ten” on “Letterman” on Monday and on Wednesday, Jon Huntsman’s scheduled to be a sitdown guest on the Letterman show.