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

McCain to appear on SNL this weekend

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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. Alissa in Kansas

    Oh yeah! I'm so totally NOT watching SNL. Like I haven't already seen enough of his old wrinkled hide. =P

    October 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Stacey, AZ

    For you obama writers writing all the insults about MCCain and Palin here are some for you. Mrs. obama is to ugly to be first lady. Her mother had to tie a pork chop around her neck so the dog would play with her. If she traveled around the world she's so ugly she would scare the other leaders so bad they would run and hide. Iran would start a war with us just to get rid of her. She is just as weird as her husband.–mn voter
    Dear "mn" voter:

    The “o” in Obama should be capitalized. When you say “to ugly” remember to put an additional “o”, the word is “too”. The “mn” in Minnesota should be capitalized. I’ll tell you what’s ugly, people with poor grammar.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Michelle Obama has excellent grammar and will be a wonderful First Lady.

    October 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Tim B

    McCain was on SNL during the primary season 😛 ... I think that was 2007, not 2002 😀

    October 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Michael

    John, John, John... bit too late for comedy, don't you think? You aren't going to win the election just by being (sort of) funny.

    October 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. anne

    how could he beat his performance as a creepy husband on SNL? you tube mccain creepy husband SNL and be scared! it is halloween, after all.

    October 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Alan

    Even when you Obamamaniacs think you are winning, you are mean and nasty spirited. I am only asking that when John McCain is winner on Nov. 5th that you not riot and tear up stuff in my neighborhood, please.

    October 31, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Charles from Atlanta

    I can image they will bring Joe the Plumber in the show too. Is McCain trying to find job at SNL after the election?

    October 31, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. VOTE people

    Mn Voter, You ought to be ashamed of yourself for posting that kind of comment. it sadens me to see this filth and you regarding someone as too ugly to be first lady, and iran going to war with the united states. Being ugly in your book does not mean she is not fit to be the first lady I am going to neeed you to get yourfacts right before making such bogus remarks. Also, CNN should be ashamed for posting this remark..Jesus christ..CNN SHAMEFUL...I believe this so called moderator will not post this, but rather post the negative remarks about somone to keep people reading..

    October 31, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. ok la

    McCain can care less about Joe the Plumber, and I do think he was planted by the McCain clan.

    October 31, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Ken in Dallas

    Not that good a venue for McCain. He's relying on the stupid to vote for him, and SNL viewers aren't generally stupid enough to be impressed by him.

    October 31, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Beverly - Atlanta


    October 31, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. jaye

    A very big thank you to Mr. Sanchez (CNN) for his show Thursday!
    Bout time someone starts making the McCain campaign back up what they say (even though the guy never did respond).

    October 31, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Noah

    We know that any bit McCain is in will be better produced than that infomercial Obama starred in the other night. I purchased the Ginsu knives and the Miracle Mop at the end of his infomerical, what about you guys?

    October 31, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Obamafied Cheesehead

    For those conservatives fighting or fearing change, I’ve news for you; the GOP brand is in shreds thanks to GWB and McCain. Currently the GOP brand is as worthless as the once popular “tickle me Elmo”. Obama has already replaced the so called “Reagan Democrats” that we’ve been talking about for the last 20+ years with a new brand that we’ll all talk about for many years to come called “Obama Republicans”. Nuff Said.

    October 31, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. M.H.

    A few days before the election .... this is how McCain chooses to spend his time? What priorities, and what a joke! The ONLY thing I want to see McCain on t.v. again for is his concession speech!

    October 31, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Noah

    Criteria for being President? There is none. Obama proved that.

    October 31, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. AM in VA

    I check my 401K on Saturdays. I'll let you know how much laughing I'll do.

    The McCains can afford to lose half of their net worth and still have over 50 million dollars. McCain also had no problem using over 85 million dollars of tax payers' money to run a low-ball campaign against Barack Obama.

    Obama/Biden '08 '12

    October 31, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Proactive Voter

    Every body knows that Palin is not quaified for the job she is seeking.
    With the age of McCain he needs someone more qualified than him.
    We cannot play with the future of our children so let us vote fot the wise man

    Obama& Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. a

    snl make me laugh

    October 31, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Paul

    . . . This is a more befitting venue for McCain and Palin than the white house.

    October 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. young and informed independant

    "awwwwww come on guys, i wanna do it too!"

    October 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Vera /AB. Canada

    to mn voter , what a terrible thing to say I do not ever remember anyone going that far you should have your mouth washed out with soap shame on you

    October 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. usualone

    Where are the Republicans who are not mean and fear mongers? I know you are out there. The Democrats may say some disjointed, unpleasant things and there are one or two crazies out there who may put up effigies of Mrs. Palin, but these types pale in comparison to those who write comments in columns representing the Republican point of view. How can one have such hatred as the person who wrote about Mrs. Obama? Civility is gone. What is nice about the Democratic Party, among other things, we may agree to disagree, but we don't have such blatent hatred as demonstrated by the other side.

    October 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Darrell

    Our household has a new name for the mute button and we now call it the Palin button. I will probably have to use it when McCain is on SNl. I have never found much humor in an old washed up politician on SNL, just doesn't do much for me.He was a likeable guy but the gutter has really made everything he says and does just plain stinks.

    October 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. T. Churchill, PA

    McCain / Palin = Fascism and McCarthyism. (You are judged by the
    company you keep, spy on your neighbors , you are unAmerican if you
    don't do what we say, be afraid, be very afraid while we take you to the cleaners, etc.)

    Democrats = Freedom and individual rights and liberty.
    Free yourselves.

    Democrats 08.

    October 31, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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