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Democratic presidential contender Dennis Kucinich, second from right, shares a laugh with, from left to right, radio talk show host  Kim Serafin, actress Cybill Shepherd, host Jay Leno and actress Jennifer Tilly after a "Dating Game" skit on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
updated 2/13/2004 12:39:48 PM ET 2004-02-13T17:39:48

Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich took his quest for a girlfriend to late-night television — and won a date with actress Jennifer Tilly.

The Ohio congressman, who has been divorced twice, asked questions of a trio of unseen women Thursday in a takeoff on “The Dating Game” on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Responses by Tilly, actress Cybill Shepherd and Los Angeles radio talk show host Kim Serafin blended sexual innuendo with politics and references to Kucinich’s environmental concerns.

Serafin said she would help Kucinich relax after a long day on the campaign trail by rubbing him “with oil not tested on animals.”

Shepherd, in a reference to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl halftime show, plotted a “wardrobe malfunction” — pulling up her dress to reveal red boxers.

Kucinich asked bachelorette No. 1: “So I win the Democratic nomination, but I have laryngitis so I ask you to make the victory speech. What do you say?”

“Good evening delegates,” Tilly responded. “My husband, Dennis, thought he was going to lose so he didn’t write a victory speech. And now he’s pretending like he has laryngitis.”

“That’s really good,” Kucinich said, laughing.

After Kucinich selected Tilly and she emerged from behind a screen, Leno presented Kucinich with a gift certificate to a Santa Monica vegan restaurant.

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