Fred Thompson steps into the limelight Tuesday evening when he makes his long-anticipated appearance on Jay Leno's show in Burbank, Calif.. Thompson tapes the two segment interview shortly after 7:00 pm ET. He will appear by himself on-stage, sans wife Jeri, reports ABC News' Christine Byun. NBC Entertainment plans to make advance clips available by satellite and reporters will be allowed to listen to the show as it is being taped via conference call. Also appearing on Tuesday's show will be Lauren Graham, who is promoting "Evan Almighty," and Toby Keith. Before he appears on "The Tonight Show," Thompson meets with members of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, per the New York Times' Kit Seelye. LINK
Thompson is not the only Republican '08er in the Golden State. Mitt Romney, who would like to double the size of Guantanamo but has been quiet thus far in the wake of Monday's 4th Circuit enemy combatant ruling, spends Tuesday raising money in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara while John McCain holds events in Riverside and Newport Beach.
Rudy Giuliani makes an 8:45 am ET appearance at the Old Bedford Town Hall in New Hampshire. The always cryptic Giuliani camp says that the former New York mayor will not be unveiling his health-care vision (his market-based ideas for reform, which were teased in last week's Wall Street Journal, will come later this summer). Rather, he will discuss the "big picture in terms of where the mayor wants to go and issues he wants to focus on." At 9:00 pm ET, Giuliani makes (yet another) appearance on FNC's "Hannity & Colmes."
Sam Brownback, who just moved John Rankin from his Senate staff to his Iowa press operation, holds an open-press event in the cancer wing of a hospital in Cedar Rapids.
As for the Democrats, all the buzz is on a post-debate CNN/WMUR poll of likely Granite State Democratic primary voters released Monday afternoon which shows Hillary Clinton leading the field with 36 percent followed by Barack Obama at 22 percent, John Edwards and Al Gore each receive 12 percent, and Bill Richardson (with some help from those job interview ads) has pushed himself into double digits with 10 percent.
At 10:30 am ET, Clinton picks up a campaign endorsement at the Phoenix Park Hotel (which is conveniently located on Capitol Hill).
Obama discusses national low carbon fuel standards in Los Angeles at 2:00 pm ET. Obama's press conference comes just three days after Clinton would not say, according to the Detroit Free Press, whether she supported an Obama-backed bill in the Senate to raise fuel efficiency standards to 35 mpg by 2020. LINK
The Illinois lawmaker, also raises coin in Sea Cliff, Calif., at 8:00 pm ET and kicks off his Generation Barack Obama campaign at 9:00 pm ET.
Edwards takes his "Small Change for Big Change" campaign to Austin, Texas. (How long will it be until Edwards joins Harry Reid and Wesley Clark in lashing out at Joe Lieberman for his Sunday show comments about Iran?)
Richardson delivers a speech in San Jose, Calif., followed by a hat-trick of fundraisers in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Sacramento.
Fresh off his G8 European tour, President Bush pays a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby for the resurrection of the immigration reform bill that stalled in the Senate last week. Bush meets with GOP senators at their weekly luncheon meeting. Bush's meeting on the Hill comes one day after Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that he would join Democrats in casting a vote of no confidence on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Budget priorities will be on the agenda when Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Jim Clybrun, and Rahm Emanuel hold a 1:00 pm ET media availability following a meeting of the Democratic Caucus.
John Boehner, Roy Blunt, and Adam Putnam hold a media availability after the GOP conference meets.
Steny Hoyer holds his regular pen and pad briefing at 11:30 am ET before heading to a 12:30 pm ET press conference in Rayburn with other Democrats to announce legislation to "rectify" the Supreme Court's May 29 decision on workplace sexual discrimination. The Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation holds a conference on "Forging a New Vision for Foreign Policy and International Security." Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright; John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress; and Richard Leone, president of the Century Foundation, deliver opening remarks.
On the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision which held that Virginia's anti-miscegenation law violated the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment, the liberal "Faith In America" organization holds a 10:00 am ET presser at the National Press Club to argue that the religion-based arguments which are made against same-sex marriage are similar to the religion-based arguments which were made against interracial marriage. A 5:00 pm ET reception will follow in H-137 of the Capitol.