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Rachel Maddow on Leno: Politics, Palin, and Pat Buchanan

From Maddow's first appearance on "The Tonight Show."

Rachel Maddow appeared on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night, where she discussed politics, personal stories, and Pat Buchanan with Jay Leno.

Leno introduced Maddow as the host that "doubled the ratings" of MSNBC's 9PM hour, and also made sure to mention Maddow's stint as a Rhodes Scholar (which Maddow simply referred to as "I went to grad school in England").

Maddow described Barack Obama as "presidential" and said McCain "looks like the guy who doesn't want Barack Obama to be president." She also said that she finds Sarah Palin "entertaining," and that she once felt like Pat Buchanan's culture wars were directed at her, but now she enjoys debating with him.

Leno and Maddow also discussed the ways the political framework have changed. "Liberal and conservative don't map all that easily onto our politics anymore," she said.

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