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While eight Republican candidates were trudging through yet another debate in New Hampshire last night Fred Thompson upstaged them -- from Los Angeles. He went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and finally announced he was running for the White House. Some experts say his announcement was big news because the field's so weak. But does Thompson have the substance to win over conservatives? 

Jim Sterngold guest hosts.

Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal via Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Karen Radziner

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Guests:
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Board of Supervisors (@ZevYaroslavsky)

Main Topic Can Dramatic Flair Beat Persistence in the Presidential Race? 15 MIN

For a moment at least, Hollywood flair has trumped the policy wonks in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. Last night, while eight Republican candidates trudged through yet another debate, Fred Thompson upstaged them -- from Los Angeles. He went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and announced he was running for the White House. After stealing the spotlight with his late entry into the race, does the actor and former senator have the substance to win over conservatives? How will he fare against intense scrutiny on issues like abortion and immigration?

This is an edited re-broadcast of today's To the Point. 

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