In New Hampshire, Clinton Warns About Unchecked Drug Abuse

18 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Fallon Mock Donald Trump In Skit.

LACONIA, N.H. It has been difficult for Hillary Clinton to seem relaxed and at ease on the campaign trail, especially as questions about her use of a private email server as secretary of state have dominated.NEW YORK (CBS DC) – Wednesday on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” Hillary Clinton joined in on a segment of the show before her interview.In Billboard’s most recent issue, Jimmy Fallon talks about all things late-night, specifically the time Justin Bieber backed out on doing a sketch at the last minute. She first appeared in a skit in which the host, Jimmy Fallon, dressed as Trump, called her on the phone to catch up, offer campaign advice, and provide a set-up for her to discuss the many ways that she has fought for women’s rights throughout her long career in public service.

Clinton listened to the stories of people recovering from addictions, family members who lost loved ones and law enforcement officers who have dealt with the outgrowths of drug abuse on Thursday as she promoted a $10 billion presidential campaign initiative to address drug and alcohol abuse, which has roiled many rural towns in New Hampshire. “This is a disease. Later, during the interview portion of her appearance, she and Fallon joked about Trump’s hair (she invited Fallon to touch hers) and mocked his stream-of-consciousness speaking style. Helping NBC’s cause in latenight on Wednesday was its dominant performance in primetime, as the season finale of the Peacock’s “America’s Got Talent” delivered about four times the number of young adults as either ABC or CBS programming in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour. But, for the first time in this campaign, she may have finally found her stride Wednesday night as a likable grandmother on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon talked about Bernie Sanders going bald and Clinton responded with, “Well, at least he doesn’t have just one strand that he twirls over his head like a soft serve at Dairy Queen.” Fallon then say’s jokingly, “Toupee… I mean, touché.” Noting that Trump and other Republican candidates have never held political office, Fallon asked Clinton, “Is this possible, that you have too much experience to become the President of the United States?” The questions did not get harder hitting from there.

And in metered-market household overnights, last night’s “Tonight Show” earned a 3.2 rating/8 share, well ahead of “Late Show” (2.2/6) and “Jimmy Kimmel” (1.6/4), the third time in the last four nights that Fallon has moved ahead. The numbers are only going to get higher.” Clinton kicked off a three-day swing through New Hampshire as polls show her once-commanding lead over Vermont Sen. Her perceived stiffness is something Saturday Night Live dug into early on in her campaign with a parody skit showing her at a beach in a pantsuit, trying to appeal to young voters.

On Wednesday’s show, Fallon ended up interviewing Clinton twice — first in his signature Trump hairdo, when he “called” Clinton at home, and then on stage. She posted videos showing her talking to “regular” people in Iowa and elsewhere. (Though, as NPR’s Tamara Keith reported, she was actually talking to hand-picked supporters.) And her campaign recently announced it’s spending $2 million in ads to air “getting-to-know-you” ads in Iowa and New Hampshire. The show started with a faux phone conversation between Donald Trump (played by Jimmy Fallon in full costume) and Clinton (played by Clinton herself).

It was up 135% in adults 18-49 (0.94 vs. 0.40), 209% in adults 18-34 (0.68 vs. 0.22), 125% in adults 25-54 (0.68 vs. 0.22) and 95% in total viewers (4.45 million vs. 2.28 million). Clinton was reportedly offered a spot on Colbert’s first show, which aired last week, but her campaign team turned it down. (Perhaps they were worried that he would ask a coherent question about the e-mails; he probably would have.) So the invitation went to Jeb Bush, who, during an oddly paced conversation, earned from Colbert some lukewarm and circuitous praise. “There is a nonzero chance that I would consider voting for you,” Colbert said, causing Bush to pause for a moment, taken aback, perhaps thinking that the host had said “a zero chance.” But such scorn from Colbert was instead reserved for Trump, who is unlikely to appear on “The Late Show” any time soon. Instead, on Friday, it will be Bernie Sanders, who earlier this summer went on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” There, Meyers began the interview by making fun of Sanders’s hair, but then, remembering perhaps that he is supposed to be the intelligent late-night alternative (or is that Colbert now?), led a substantive conversation about economic inequality. Digitally, the premiere episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” marked the best series debut ever for any CBS show in terms of full episode streams on CBS.com and the CBS apps – even topping all CBS primetime shows – and broke “The Late Show’s” previous traffic records on both platforms. All of the candidates—including those among the herd of Republicans in the race, some of whom have started their own late-night tours—have the misfortune of campaigning to replace an all-star yakker, Barack Obama, who looks more comfortable on talk-show sets than at least half of the guys (yes, still all guys) currently behind the desks.

Some see the booking scramble as a new iteration of the late-night wars, with Fallon and Colbert reëstablishing the old Leno-Letterman dynamic, in which Fallon, like Leno, wins the ratings, but Colbert, as was true of David Letterman, enjoys more cultural cachet. (This interpretation relegates “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to third-party status, and the others to the further fringe.) The emerging conventional wisdom suggests that if you want to behave like a grown-up, you’ll go on Colbert’s show, and if you want to make a dent on social media, you’ll go to Fallon and make yourself look gently ridiculous in exchange for a little viral gold dust. Last week, Trump chose Fallon and faced off against the genial host’s Trump impression. (He seemed pleased at what he saw.) When Fallon asked him how he would create new jobs as President, Trump replied, “I’m just going to do it.” (Same thing with the border wall.) At the end of the bit, Trump blew Fallon a kiss.

Trump might have made more of a splash on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, which, like Fallon’s, produces reliably shareable moments, but with a touch more vinegar thrown in. Then again, the invitation might not be forthcoming: Kimmel doesn’t seem to like Trump much. (An even better, but sadly impossible, match for Trump: the short-lived but sensation-making “Morton Downey Jr. Show,” which ran for a couple years in the late nineteen-eighties, and where Trump could have traded insults with the vituperative host, mocked his fellow-guests, and basked in the madhouse frenzy stirred up by the braying audience.) Remarkably, the most viral late-night moment for any politician during this cycle was a long, wide-ranging conversation about authenticity and grief. When Vice-President Joe Biden went on Colbert last week, they talked about how religious faith has shaped the way that they both have faced personal tragedy, and the discussion was raw and unsettling and poignant. Colbert, visibly moved, more or less demanded that Biden run for President—if he does, these several minutes on television will be cited, rightly or wrongly, as a turning point.

Watching Clinton on Fallon, Wednesday night, I was reminded of just how many times Clinton has, while running for office, strained to come across as an ordinary person. She was always funny on Letterman, but during an appearance in 2003 she was more than that, talking about how she felt in the days after her husband admitted to having an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

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