October 31st, 2008
08:18 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain to appear on SNL this weekend

McCain last appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2002.
McCain last appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2002.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) - Mandatory stops on the GOP campaign trail this year: Pennsylvania. Florida. Saturday Night Live.

Two weeks after running mate Sarah Palin made an appearance on the late-night comedy show, a McCain campaign aide tells CNN that the Republican presidential nominee will appear on the NBC program tomorrow night.

The Arizona senator has appeared on the show several times over the years.

McCain's most memorable appearance on the long running show was in October 2002, when he hosted the program for a night: In a spoof commercial hawking an album called "McCain Sings Streisand," sang several of the Democratic loyalist's songs.


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soundoff (486 Responses)
  1. Pamela

    What is he thinking? I will TIVO it instead of staying up, because I want to be fully awake to watch this final act of desperation. Will Joe the Plumber be there? Oh, the ultimate cringe factor....

    October 31, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. JW

    McCain doesn't need the same amount of funds that Obama does to get the exposure or get out his message. He or Gov. Palin is always on Larry King Live as well as CNN, Fox (their own personal cable channel), ABC, GMA, NBC, SNL, as well as others. CNN usually plays sound bites from every campaign stop for Senator McCain or Gov. Palin for 1-5 minutes while only playing Senator Obama's for 30-45 seconds and then letting the talking heads explain what he said. I guess "No Bias No Bull" is the same as "Fair and Balanced".

    October 31, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Dianne

    The tides are turning and the wind is behind McCain not the annointed one. Character, ability and proven leadership do matter to the American voter, especially in these trying times.

    Obama is a bag of hot air, and his 30 minute speech contained no new information, soulutions or a hint that he was able to solve any problems.

    Keep drinking your Kool-Aid and enjoy SNL as you watch the next President of the United States show that he too has a sense of humor.

    October 31, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Fatal Blow

    Nice gesture!!!, might as well go and sing your last Hurrah..Its been an interesting campaign

    October 31, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Me

    Nice place for the joker to end his campaign.

    October 31, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. JIM HAWK

    MAYBE THEY WILL GIVE HIM A FULL TIME JOB AFTER NOV.4TH....

    October 31, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. History in the making .. Nov 4th!

    I'll be sure to tune OUT! ~yawns~

    October 31, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. GT

    Desparate times call for desparate measures. But then againl, we've all been laughing at him for several months now so why stop now.

    October 31, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Susan in SC

    I know Loren Michaels will be kind, but I really wish he would blast McCain!

    Maybe they will do a skit on how McCain is relying on disinfrachising Democrat voters in order to steal the election.....

    Or perhaps a mock beauty pageant where McCain selects his running mate?!?

    October 31, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. v.ananthan

    The race is tightening and that shows that voters are not buying what Obama says about McCain :
    "McCain is Bush" & " With McCain there will be 4 more years of Bush"

    People should vote for Obama if they think Obama is ready and has easy solutions to everything..Otherwise better vote for Mccain…

    October 31, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. LyonsPhilly

    No weird dancing please

    October 31, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Ian

    Just when you thought the show couldn't get any more boring.

    October 31, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Evan

    Actually, he last appeared on SNL over the primary season, telling Seth and Amy to "fight amongst themselves." You should fix that cutline.

    October 31, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Al, NY NY

    What a twit! Instead of going out and trying to convince people that he is worthy (somewhat), he is going on to a TV show that will do nothing to help. Of course his Lipstick lapdog will be out there continuing her ridiculous tirades and "you betchas" for the lemmings to lap up. The rest of the country will sit back and laugh at her lame efforts to convince people that she is nothing but an empty pants suit that doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the Oval Office

    October 31, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. Jozee

    Just like McCain's campaign, his brand is so damaged now, that he will only be a laughing stock on SNL. Desperation, thy name is McCain!

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 31, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Minneapolis Mikey

    Too pander-y, too late, McCain. Go back to one of your dozen homes with your tail between your legs.

    October 31, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Nina in Orlando

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Obama 08

    October 31, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. steve

    I think it is very insulting to Americans who pay their taxes, that MCcain would call Joe `THE PHONY` American hero and a role model.
    This is a tax dodger & unlicensed plumber.
    What does it say about the judgment of this pander -in – chief , Mccain

    October 31, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. Shane from LB

    SNL is the perfect place for McCain. He's such a joke!

    Obama/Biden landslide '08

    October 31, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. Emma

    Isn't SNL on during McCain's bedtime? He is in his 70s and I don't know many OLD men in their 70s who can stay up late.

    Bama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. greatest generation

    what state has highest gasoline prices Illaska eueen of the pump palin tne phoney who distibutes funny money to alaskans is she a sicialist indiscribale

    October 31, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  22. Jim L.

    Yawn.

    October 31, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. Chris M.

    Seems like the GOP loves to look foolish on SNL...I mean Fey and the gang did a great job basiclly using nothing but verbatum spoken material making the GOP look like a bunch of morons. I think its good for candidates to go on there and have a little fun but in this election cycle I think it's clear SNL is no fan of the McCain/Palin ticket. Curious to see if they let Fey play along side Mac as his dopey sidekick..if Mac agrees to that then he in essence is agreeing with the notion that his VP pick is an imbicile.

    October 31, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Emma

    Oops! OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 31, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. jack

    Pitiful. A hail Mary.

    And regarding the underlying notion, "As polls tighten...", it's hogwash.

    The polls aren't tightening. Look at ALL the polls. Take the averages after dropping the highest and lowest in your set. You'll see that the race MAY have shifted half a point. Maybe.

    CNN, or FOX lite, NEEDS to have a tight race for ratings. The better the ratings, the more they charge for advertising. Ad dollars are the only poll that matters to broadcasters.

    October 31, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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