Jay Leno: Hillary "Seems Very Slow" To Me; Salman Rushdie: Clinton Is "Old"

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On Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time, comedian Jay Leno stated he thought Hillary Clinton seems "slow" while Elizabeth Warren has more a punch and "fire" than the former Secretary of State.

"I don't see that fire, you know, that fire that I used to see that I see in Elizabeth Warren," Leno said. "I say to people how much younger is Elizabeth Warren? 'Well, 15 years.' No. 18 months. And why is that?"

"I see Elizabeth Warren come out and boom! Throwing punches. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!" Leno said to Democratic strategist Paul Begala.

Salman Rushdie, also a guest on the program, said he had a "fantasy" of a Clinton/Warren ticket. Host Bill Maher stopped him and jokingly asked for more details about this fantasy.

"How can I put this? They're a little old for me," Rushdie said to laughter.

"If you thought the Ayatollah was bad, wait til after the show's over," Begala warned.

Transcript below:

JAY LENO: Let me ask you about Hillary, and I like her, I don't see the fire. Her and Elizabeth Warren are almost the same age. I see Elizabeth Warren come out and boom! Throwing punches. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!

And I like her, I'm not talking against her, but she seems to be sort of very slow. I don't see that fire, you know, that fire that I used to see that I see in Elizabeth Warren. I say to people how much younger is Elizabeth Warren? 'Well, 15 years.' No. 18 months. And why is that?

PAUL BEGALA, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Well, first I think that Elizabeth Warren speaks for part of my party that has a whole lot of energy right now. The populist left. They're really angry. There are even some who are angry at President Obama, right?

And second, I have this sense that Hillary, having run before, sees this as a marathon. So you don't sprint out the gate. I have no idea if Senator Warren runs. She says she's not going to. I have no idea. I actually, even though I'm for Hillary, I want her to have a challenge for the reasons you state.

I want a tough primary. A tough primary produces a tough nominee. I don't want a cakewalk for my friend Hillary.

SALMAN RUSHDIE: I have this fantasy of both of them being on the ticket. You know, Clinton and Warren --

BILL MAHER, HOST: What happens in your fantasy?

[laughter]

RUSHDIE: How can I put this? They're a little old for me.

MAHER: Oh no you dinn't! You're going to get a fatwa from --

LENO: Wow, wow.

BEGALA: If you thought the Ayatollah was bad, wait til after the show's over.

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