Jeb Bush Slow Jams the News on 'Tonight Show,' Translates for Spanish-Speaking Viewers

"Whoa, hold the telefono. I know you just got back from Miami, but I didn’t realize I was interviewing Governor Pitbull."
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Jeb Bush with Jimmy Fallon

Jeb Bush stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday night to “slow jam the news.”

The Republican presidential candidate made his first-ever late-night appearance in the Tonight Show’s signature bit, in which he spoke over R&B beats while host Jimmy Fallon threw in his signature “oh yeah” phrases and echoes.

“We’re a nation of immigrants, and I believe everyone should have the chance to achieve the American dream," said the former Florida governor before repeating the sentence in Spanish "to translate that for all your Spanish-speaking viewers."

"I'm looking forward to hitting the campaign trail and discussing the issues that are important to all Americans and having spirited debates with my fellow Republicans about how to solve them."

Throughout the bit, Fallon called Bush "Lil' Jebbie" and joked: "Whoa, hold the telefono. I know you just got back from Miami, but I didn’t realize I was interviewing Governor Pitbull." The Roots’ Black Thought joined in, saying that one of Bush’s nicknames is "the master debater."

Bush’s Tonight Show appearance is the latest youth-skewing step in the politician’s presidential campaign, following his partnership with Snapchat. Previously, the Tonight Show bit has been championed by President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie and Brian Williams.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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