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LENO CASTS HIS VOTE FOR VIEWERS’ INTELLIGENCE

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Jay Leno makes a lot of jokes at politicians' expense, but he doesn't think voters are influenced much by his comedy routines.

"I don't know how seriously voters respond to humor about candidates and issues," the "Tonight Show" host said. "The first responsibility of a comedian is to be funny. If a joke has some basis in fact, it makes it funnier."Leno thinks the best political jokes are impartial. "I seem to get along with all the candidates because they sense I treat them all equally."

One of his favorite jokes takes a shot at just about everyone: "The whole campaign is like `The Wizard of Oz' - Perot needs courage, Bush needs a heart, Quayle needs a brain and Clinton just wants to meet Dorothy."