(CNN) - John McCain has learned his lesson: Don't ever cancel on David Letterman.
Appearing on the late night comedian's show Thursday, the Republican presidential candidate apologized for skipping out on a scheduled visit late last month that Letterman later made the subject of an ongoing joke.
"I screwed up," McCain told Letterman more than once in the interview that's set to air Thursday night.
McCain's appearance on the show comes three weeks to the day after after he raised the ire of the generally mild-mannered host by canceling 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."
Letterman also didn't appear to buy the Arizona senator's explanation for the cancellation then, 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."
Letterman has repeatedly harped on McCain for the missed appearance, noting the Arizona senator's poll numbers appeared to begin to slide right after he skipped out on the show.
"Look at all the conversation I gave you. Including having Mr. Olbermann on," McCain told Letterman Thursday night, referencing the MSNBC liberal talk show host who filled in for him that night.
But Thursday's interview was not all fun and games, as Letterman pressed McCain on Republican VP Sarah Palin's preparedness to lead the country through "the next 9/11 attack.."
"Absolutely" she is, McCain said. "She has inspired Americans. That's the thing we need."
Hey Jen 1041,
Are you questioning my right to choose??!! hmn, sounds hypocritical. You really should show some respect for your fellow citizens.
John McCain screwed up, that's the story of his life and certainly this campaign.
John and Sarah are in love with Bush policies and will lie every time they are asked about it in public.
McCain screwed up by Palling Around with Sara Palin.
does working 26 years while making bad decisions qualify you for a promotion?would you promote your dead-beat coworker b/c they've been there the longest?
Virginia Democrat voting for McCain. Keep addressing the debt and defecit. Cut spending! Make it easier for Americans to save!
Alexander Mooney if you and people like you would not use the media much to dispell J McCain so much ans throw negative comments the people may be able to think things trhought with having to weed through so much of garbage that you and others like C Brow and Roland M we would be a whole lot better off. I do not see how you all can get away with all the negative comments you put out on CNN. I think you all have abused the powere of the media too much. I wm going to start looking at other news channels and web site. It seems CNN is mostly devoted to the democratic party. You will see your mistakes when it is too late.
To the people who keep yamming about Barack running his campaign. The man has 300 foreign relations advisors. David Axelrod is "running" his campaign. I mean you see Obama every day on TV talking to some city or other... he is a puppet. And he is funded by billionaire George Soros. I'm sorry, but, you cannot be giving your SAME talking point-driven speeches to people everyday, and still be "managing" the largest, supremely funded campaign. His people do that.. he is their facade.
Well funded. Well marketed. That's all.
I'M NOT A RACIST October 16th, 2008 7:49 pm ET
"I so recent the folks who say only racists won't vote for Obama!!! It doesn't have anything to do with the fact that he's black, it's because he's an idiot and shouldn't be able to work at McDonald's let alone the Oval Office…come on folks!!! "
You call Obama an Idiot. Obama is an intelligent man, who is a Harvard law graduate, and he was the President of Harvard law review. He is a constitutional law professor at Univ of IL. You may have to get your self checked, before it is too late.
I was hoping Letterman was ging to pull a Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon move and push McCain back until the end of the show, bring him out then tell McCain there was no time left to interview him and close the show.
The McCain camp. really like the name Joe".
You got "joe the plumber" and "six pack joe".
McCain has selected Palin as the best American to be VP, if he is elected.. Now .. who does he think the best Americans are to be apointed to the Supreme Court.. or to his cabinet ? Todd Palin for Attorney General ???
Sarah Palin has inspired Americans..to vote for OBAMA
After all the public has seen, it is absolutely incredulous that McCain can make a statement like that about this despicable woman.–Oh i forgot- HE WAS LIEING!!!!!
McCain saying he screwed up does not even touch the tip of the iceberg, he makes a cork screw look straight. Palin was only the beginning. Last night was the final screw – "joe the plumber" was vetted as much as Palin was (not at all). McCain made a remark last night regarding his running moose and how wonderful she is but seemed to forget what is the matter w/her baby Trig – he does not have autism, he has downs syndrome. GEEEEEZZZZ can't even get that right.
Gloria Shepherd, you must be nuts.
So republican, when you can't win on the important topics.... attack the person. Bush did it McCain, Kerry, and here it comes again.
Go John Mccain.
We will be voting for you and AGAINST DAVID LETTERMAN
I was hoping Letterman was going to pull a Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon move and push McCain back until the end of the show, bring him out then tell McCain there was no time left to interview him and close the show.
Sorry, John, you no longer have any credibility with me. It saddens me, as I supported you in 2000. I used to respect you, but your recent antics have destroyed that esteem. Now, I think you are just basically a decent man, but your reach and desire far exceed your grasp and capabilities. I wish you well, John, but you are not fit to be President.
CNN seems to run attacks on mccain and mccain supporters should step up and boycott these networks that are drinking the barry koolaid. Yes barry is obamas real name. He changed it during college. I bet 99.9% of his supporters didn't even know this. Go ahead and delete this post cnn. Because you won't bring the truth about mr obama.
George: Your comments are quite accurate and commendable. Any McCain hangnail gets reported endlessly like with loudspeakers, but nobama never gets any negative press about things like ducking out on a SNL appearance. Indeed, the constant double standard by the media in the entire 2008 election coverage is revolting.
McCain stands for his Country and has always been proud of his Country first , always, and above all else. nobama, who does not place his hand on heart during our National Anthem has no place running for the highest office in our Country. Poor example, nobama, and you should be ashamed. True patriotic citizens rule!
nobama was also directly involved in ACORN's intimidation and coercisive pushing of regional banks and Fannie Mae into granting mortgage loans to known bad-risk, lower income individuals as the starter and accelerator of the subprime meltdown. Gee, no wonder the arsonist is first on the scene reporting the economic fire to the fire department and then provides guidance on how to put it out.
Sarah Palin is very unqualified. I personally do not belive that McCain selected her as his pick, I think he was forced to accept her. Now, you (McCain) has to live with his defeat and his selection. Plus Palin has gotten the big head, hang in there McCain, she may ask you to be her running mate in 2012. Not that she will succeed, but I predict that she will definitely make a run for it.
CNN is the KING of making headlines that completely mislead. When I see the headline "McCain says 'I Screwed Up'" on CNN.com, I instinctively think this might be a substansial comment on his campaign. But no, it's about a comment he made regarding missing a television talkshow appearance. STOP with the ridiculous attention-grabbing headlines about pointless inane stories just so we click on them and you can claim more "hits" on the site. And for that matter, enough with the junk stories.
People show their true colors when they would rather attack candidates personally(I have always been democratic, but the far left is out of control the pure volume of vile that they spew is quite frankly disturbing.( doesnt the the far right do the same , yes, but not hardly to compared to the far left. Their not interested in honest debating of different ideologies. All they seem to care about their " truths" I m right, your wrong so of cause that makes you stupid. Is the any other democrats or independents that see it. Thing is what I tell my 8 year old daughter, when ,yes ,adults told her Obama cant be trusted because he has friends that are bad people, and mccain does not care about the enviroment and lets animals die. Nice huh. I told her always think for your self, dont listen to just anyone. Always listen to all points of veiw,and most important research, research, research, dont except things at face value! In my humble opinion they are both good men, with different ways on how deal with the our country and its the issues of the day. Hopefully people will cast their ballot with much thought.
Got a phone call from your thugs today mccain..you are a sick person
and so is palin..you should be impeached before people can vote for
you..Pa. does not want you !!!!1