David Letterman: Rick Santorum 'won't appear on our show' out of fear

Before he brought out Michelle Obama as his first guest last night, David Letterman spent his post-monologue desk time ruminating on the vagaries of booking guests during an election year. He said some presidential candidates refuse to appear on his show. Prodded by Paul Shaffer to name names, Letterman said, “Rick Santorum won’t appear on the show. They’re afraid, afraid I’m going to chase ‘em around the theater with a hammer.”

Gee, you’d think Santorum would jump at the chance to get some free national exposure for his campaign, that he’d welcome a chance to spar with Letterman. (I’ll assume “hammer” was a metaphor for “tough questions,” as opposed to the foam mallet that Some Other Late Night Host might keep under his desk.) It sounds as though the Letterman bookers made a direct approach to Santorum and were turned down. I wonder who else “won’t appear on the show,” as Dave put it?

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