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The candidates on both sides are already going through a bunch of mini-primaries, particularly the Democrats, who wooed bloggers on Saturday and will meet with labor leaders in Chicago on Tuesday. But what about the Jon Stewart primary? As the AP reports today, over the next three weeks, four candidates will appear this month on "The Daily Show" :Republicans Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, and Democrats Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) McCain is of course a regular, it will be his tenth appearance on the show when he shows up on August 16.

The host is unlikely to endorse a candidate, but his youthful audience is the kind the candidates would all like to woo. Of course, they shouldn't expect a easy go of it. When McCain came for what he told Stewart then was his last appearance on the show, the two had a spirited debate on Iraq. Here's Obama's first appearance, where poked fun at his Senate colleagues.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Post Editor  |  August 6, 2007; 12:33 PM ET
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As one of the targeted youth which the candidates are hoping to reach, I have to say I'm looking forward to this. Stewart's general derision of mainstream media (especially CNN) and his low tolerance for standard, stump-speech answers mean that these media appearances might actually be somewhat informative and honest, unlike most.

Posted by: ChristineS1 | August 6, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Please note- I am a 62-year-old - who votes - and, along with a large number of friends and associates - who watches the Daily Show regularly, sometimes twice a day, because even the repeats are beter than most of what passes for 'news' on other programs.
The stump speach responses rarely get past Jon Stewart's questions and the questions we want asked - rather than the silly issue of the moment (clothing, haircut, etc.) is not the topic during an interview.

Posted by: jiggssma | August 6, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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