Get out the bunting; strike up the brass band; obtain babies for kissing. The latest campaign stop for Sen. John Kerry will be New York City, specifically The Late Show With David Letterman, on which the Democratic presidential candidate will appear on Monday. Dave starts his new fall season by chit-chatting with the Massachusetts senator, who has already made appearances on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (on a motorcycle, no less).
Though the circus-like environment of such shows may seem ill-suited to the serious business of choosing the leader of the free world, the jocularity may translate into real numbers for politicians: A recent poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press showed that more than one-fifth of those ages 18 to 29 regularly receive their campaign news from such programs. President Bush made a similar appearance on Letterman’s program during the 2000 campaign.
Black Entertainment Television founder and CEO Robert Johnson has also invited both candidates to appear on BET Nightly News in separate, half-hour timeslots. ”It’s time that both candidates send a true signal of seriousness to African-American voters that our issues, opinions and, ultimately, our votes really matter,” Johnson said in a news release.