Thompson Launches on Leno

Fred Thompson is set to officially declare his candidacy on Thursday, but NBC says that he now is booked to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” the night before.

As sources reported earlier, the former “Law & Order” star is expected to “tease” his candidacy on Leno, making him only the latest contender to use late-night TV as a platform for a campaign. John McCain announced on “Late Show with David Letterman,” John Edwards announced his 2004 presidential bid on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his California gubernatorial bid on Leno.

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