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Late Night: Jon Huntsman rocks out on Letterman

December 22, 2011 |  8:50 am

On Wednesday night, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman paid a visit to "The Late Show," on the heels of presidential rival (and fellow handsome Mormon) Mitt Romney, who delivered Monday's Top 10 list. 

David Letterman unveiled a picture of a long-haired Huntsman back in his high school days when he was in a prog-rock band called Wizard. "I thought I could make it big. I wanted to be Paul Shaffer," Huntsman said.

The confession prompted a request from Letterman. "Can you do a little something on the organ?" Huntsman happily obliged, joining Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra for a rollicking rendition of "Johnny B. Goode." It was hardly an impromptu performance, but Huntsman's skills on the keyboard were still impressive.

More critically for Huntsman, a moderate who's consistently polled well behind his more conservative Republican peers, the performance recalled Bill Clinton's now-iconic saxophone playing on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in 1992. Not a fond memory for Republicans, perhaps, but a moment that certainly resonated with voters. What did you think?





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-- Meredith Blake

Photo: Jon Huntsman, left, and David Letterman. Credit: Cheryl Senter / Associated Press, left, and Heather Wines / Associated Press.