Leno backing 'decent man' Biden
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Jay Leno says Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE is a “decent man,” and he plans on casting a ballot for the former VP if he’s on the ballot in November.

“People like Joe because he’s got a good character,” Leno told ITK during a recent trip to Washington.

The former “Tonight Show” host said watching Biden, who saw a comeback in the Democratic presidential primary after winning the majority of delegates on Super Tuesday, makes for a “feel good” moment.


“It was like the end of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Remember George Bailey? He was down and out and everybody shows up with money,” Leno said.

“He spent $11,000 in Massachusetts — that’s one ad, really — and he won. He beat Bloomberg. I mean, I like Michael BloombergMichael BloombergHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ The truth behind companies' 'net zero' climate commitments The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE, but it’s nice to know that $600 million can’t replace character,” Leno said.

The former New York mayor, who had spent more than half a billion dollars on Super Tuesday ads, ended his self-funded White House bid last week after a disappointing showing.

When ITK inquired whether Leno, 69, felt a need to constantly tune in to the news since he’s no longer crafting wisecracks for a monologue each night, he replied, “I’m a news junkie anyway.”

“I enjoy the news, but I don’t have to pay attention to it.”

“The news doesn’t change that much,” added Leno, who exited “The Tonight Show” in 2014. “If you miss it for a day, you miss everything. If you miss it for a year, you don’t miss anything.”

Leno said that headlines about President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE have completely dominated news coverage in recent years.

“The news, it’s the same topic every night. It used to be different topics,” Leno said. “Now it’s just, ‘What outrageous thing did X say this time?’ ”