Palin Rival Romney Jokes to Leno: Look What She Did to That Halibut!

by | December 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM | The Tonight Show, TV News

Mitt Romney on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

Mitt Romney on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

Guess who’s been keeping up with ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska?’ It’s none other than Republican presidential hopeful – and possible Palin rival – Mitt Romney.

Romney, who campaigned for the Republican nomination in 2008 but wound up campaigning for John McCain and Sarah Palin, dropped a reference to Palin’s TLC reality series in a conversation with Jay Leno on ‘The Tonight Show’ Wednesday night on NBC.

The subject came up when Leno asked Romney, who was once governor of Massachusetts, to comment on Palin’s famous decision to quit as Alaska governor before her term was up. “This is the one thing that I think really impedes Sarah Palin,” Leno said, “the fact that she quit as governor. You were a governor of a state. Could you ever see yourself quitting?”

“She had her reasons,” Romney said diplomatically. “And by the way, if someone’s looking for me to say something negative about Sarah Palin, why that’s not going to come from me. I mean, did you see what she did to the halibut the other night on her show?”

Watch Part 1 Of Romney’s Interview:

Romney was referring to the episode of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ on Nov. 21 in which Sarah and daughter Bristol were seen taking up billyclubs to bash in the heads of halibut that were struggling to breathe after being dumped onto the deck of a commercial fishing boat.

Leno also asked Romney if he’s ever been offered a job on right-leaning Fox News Channel. “A lot of republican candidates have gone to work for Fox News,” Leno said, referring to former and would-be candidates such as Palin and Mike Huckabee. “Have they ever approached you as being a correspondent or something of that nature?” Jay asked.

“Jay,” Romney answered, “if you ever see me sign up for a gig on Fox News, it’ll be a clear indication I’ve decided to run for president! So that’s not in the cards anytime soon.”

Romney and Leno also discussed the Obama administration (Romney called the president’s first two years a “failure”), the controversy over airport personal-search methods, and the Republican agenda.

It seems that every time you turn on the TV these days, somebody’s talking about Sarah Palin. Who would you prefer for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 – Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin?