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No Funny Business on Romney Campaign Trail

Dec. 14, 2011

Hillary Chabot and Katy Jordan

Mitt Romney waving

Mitt Romney wants to put on his makeup and hit the set with "Conan," "Saturday Night Live" and "The View" -- but Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show"? Not so much.

Romney told the Herald yesterday he's eager to book pop-culture appearances, but he balked at whether he'd appear on Stewart's edgy Comedy Central faux newscast.

"Jon Stewart? Ehhhhh, perhaps," said a hesitant Romney when asked if he would sit down with the satirist who frequently skewers GOP presidential candidates.

Romney then shrugged, cocking an eyebrow.

"We'll see," said the former Massachusetts governor. "I'd much rather have a setting that's fun, and give-and-take."

Stewart is known for his left-of-center barbs and knocking pols -- a mix that has made his show a hit with younger viewers. A spokesman for Comedy Central said Romney has "an open invitation" to appear with Stewart, if he dares.

Presidential candidates have made talk-show circuits a priority to exhibit their lighter side. Even President Obama, a sitting president, has appeared on late-night shows.

GOP rival U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has been on Stewart's show three times, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry even braved an appearance before he was a presidential candidate.

Not all late-night yakkers got the Romney cold shoulder, however. The Republican presidential candidate had gushed about his appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The View" during a sit-down with Herald editors -- and even indicated he would do "Saturday Night Live."

"I'd love to go on 'SNL.' I've been on 'Leno' multiple times, I've been on 'Letterman,' you know, I'd like to be on 'Conan O'Brien,' I've been on 'The View' a couple of times," Romney said.

Romney could get his wish when it comes to Conan. Team Coco said they have a seat ready.

"It would be a first," said Conan spokesman Drew Shane. "We would love to have Mitt Romney on our show the next time he is in California."

Source: (c) 2011 the Boston Herald

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