October 12th, 2008
01:39 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain to make up with Letterman, make a Late Show stop

Letterman wasn't happy McCain canceled on him.
Letterman wasn't happy McCain canceled on him.

(CNN) - Looks like they may be ready to bury the hatchet back at the Home Office.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain is slated to make an appearance on David Letterman's show Thursday - three weeks after he raised the ire of the generally mild-mannered host by canceling his scheduled appearance at the last minute, citing his decision to suspend his presidential campaign because of the financial crisis.

"This doesn't smell right," Letterman said then, during a routine that only half appeared to be a joke. "This is not the way a tested hero behaves. Somebody's putting something in his Metamucil."

Watch: Letterman skewers McCain

Letterman didn't appear to buy the Arizona senator's explanation for the cancellation, showing the audience a live feed of McCain preparing for an interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric. After praising McCain's record as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, he said, "This is not the John McCain I know, by God."

"It makes me believe something is going haywire with the campaign," he said. "Something's gotten to him."

Letterman also took a dig at Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.

"Here's what you do if you are running a campaign in the middle of an economic crisis and it’s about to crater," Letterman continued. "You go back to Washington, you handle what you need to handle. Don't suspend your campaign. You let your campaign go on shouldered by your vice presidential nominee...or is that really a good thing to do? See what I am saying?"

Speaking on NBC's Today Show the next morning, McCain spokeswoman Nicole Wallace said, "We deeply regret offending Mr. Letterman, but our candidate's priority at this moment is to focus on this crisis," she said.


Filed under: David Letterman • John McCain
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Tomi, Dallas Texas

    LOL, that should be fun to watch!!

    October 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Papasan in Arizona

    Letterman if you sandbag for McCain you are a complete fool! How many times does he have to hit you over the head. The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns are the Right Wing Looneys! Sure Republicans are mad, they are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber, to find two morons [McCain/Palin], with a disturbing megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues, and running a revolting Smear and Fear campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain solution is an Ignorant Slang Talking Power Abusing Junk Yard Dog [Palin] scrambling around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry to smokescreen the obvious inept incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign! Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is your idea of Change! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. McCain, please do not come back here to Arizona.

    October 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I don't Letterman should accept McCain's visit. McCain just lied to him, like he has been lying to everyone else.

    October 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Keith

    Thank God John McCain has got America safe enough now that we can all laugh at Letterman again. When the economy cratered, McCain, like his real life alter ego Clark Kent, disappeared into a phone booth and emerged as GOP MAN! If Letterman doesn't understand that a superhero's work is more important than a silly television show, then he's not the Jimmy Olsen he oughtta be.

    October 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. stef

    David, why even wasit your time with this OLD FART. He will smile in your face, and put a dager in your back. What a hipocrite McCain is. He is as scary looking as they come.

    October 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain has lost this election.

    I and 6 other family members will be voting early Thursday, October 16 for Barack Obama and Joe Biden – the two who WILL protect and honor our Constitution.

    October 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Independent but Leaning

    The scariest words in the English language: "We're Presdient Obama, Speaker Pelousy, and Leader Reid, and we're here to help..."

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |