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Romney to look for laughs, and votes, on Leno show

By Michael R. Blood

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 11:35 a.m. MDT

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses an audience during a campaign stop at an American Legion post in Arbutus, Md., Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

Steven Senne, Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — Mitt Romney has been a target of Jay Leno jokes, and now he'll get the chance to give the late-night comedian a few jabs in return.

NBC announced Thursday that the Republican presidential candidate will be the lead guest on the "Tonight Show" on Tuesday. It's the former Massachusetts governor's first visit to Leno's stage during the 2012 presidential season.

Over the years, Leno has riffed about the candidate's wealth — Romney is a multimillionaire — and poked him on his restrained — some say stiff — demeanor.

Romney has been a Leno guest three times in the past, but this will be his first appearance since 2010.

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