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. Bill Roy

    Ah well, another good show gone to waste for another week!

    Perhaps he is hoping to prove he can work on TV in the hope of becomming a presenter, I hear good money can be earned by failed Republican Presidential candidates having their own show!

    October 31, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. SPQR

    I think I remembered an emergency root canal I'm scheduled to have on Saturday night...

    October 31, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Adrienne

    And McCain turns more and more into a joke. The SNL skit did not help palin because she is too light weight.. it just made her lighter. And Mccain oddly has now become a shell of his former self. He talks about nothing that would make my life better. He just talks like Hannity. Only about 30% of the people like Hananity. The rest think he is over the top or flat out nuts. McCain is now with the far right ranters. That turns him into a joke.

    October 31, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Chris from Baltimore

    Is THIS the big GAME CHANGER that Republicans have been hoping for?

    Will he sing again?

    Break dance?

    Do the Macarana, to prove he's "current?"

    Yeah, that'll change everything...

    October 31, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Former Repub

    Last hurrah?

    Obama 08

    October 31, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Joe the mechanic

    Too late. Everybody under the age of Forty will vote Obama.

    October 31, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Black Republican of New York for Obama-Biden

    Is Papa John going on SNL and show up Sarah Palin? Or is he going to show viewers that he has comedy material in him?

    Look, as a serious Papa John supporter all along, I found out he had comedy material in him after he picked Sarah Palin!

    Go ahead, Papa John! Have the last laugh! I hope the joke 's not on you this time around!

    October 31, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. FL voter

    Desperate times call for desperate acts. However, you will only fool yourself John. Half of your party, and even your home state, is turning against you.

    The clock ticks...soon you'll be joining "Big Dubya" Bush in his ranch, Palin will go back to "drill baby drill" in Alaska, and the country will forget about the two most ridiculous, hypocritical candidates it has ever seen.

    October 31, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. JIM...TX

    Any chance he's funnier than Palin....NOT:)

    October 31, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Becky

    McCain should do a skit where he is Darth Vader, because he has gone to the dark side. Not sure who could play Yoda.

    October 31, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. Greg Rodgers

    Senator McCain...as funny as your whole campaign has been, you should audition for a permanent roll on this show.

    You have been hilarious for the past 6 months, so why not get paid for it.

    At least when people laugh at you for being such a big fool and a dunderhead it will be less painful.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  12. jm for sc

    He should apply for a job and remain on SNL on a weekly basis. In view of the lies he has been spreading, a laugh is all he is good for after he has decided to lower himself to the rock bottom of the gutter in order to become president.

    October 31, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Joe Green

    Too bad that old McCain can't come back and sing us some more Streisand. I liked thet guy.

    But that would be considered "not Presidential" nowadays I guess. Have to be all serious and angry, with that rictus smile.

    October 31, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  14. Bulldog

    McCain is extremely desperate right now and doesn't know what to do. His running mate Palin is backstabbing him behind the scenes and he is snubbing her on the bus rides. Can you imagine these two in the White House together? They can't even get along for a few months let alone 4 years? The would be an internal war in the White House let alone all the other disasters happening around the world.

    October 31, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  15. MD

    You gotta wonder exactly what office is McCain running for. Looks like Buffoon in Chief to me...

    October 31, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. Tim

    Joe the Plumber. Let's give it up for Joe. Eh, Eh, Eh!!!! Joe? Is Joe here today? (McCain to himself…Oh crap, he was supposed to be here!!!! Grumble, grumble, grumble!!!) Well you are all Joe the Plumbers!!! I’ve got to give him credit for his comeback, but LOL, that was the funniest thing I've seen in a while!!!! It is so ironic that the McCain campaign is taking on water and the Plumber stood him up!!! I'm on the floor!!!!

    October 31, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Brian NYC

    Wow he has nothing else better to do. I hope they rip Palin again while he's there. I really dont care anyway. It will be his last performance anywhere after Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. New Mexico voter

    But ..... who cares, at this point?

    October 31, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. FrankD

    Do you know the words to "Sayonara", John?

    October 31, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. NoBarry

    Yeah, we can laugh all the way to the polls but FINALLY, within the last couple of weeks before election day, we are finding out what Obama is all about, and when the facts are presented the Republican campaign is accused of fearmongering. The truth is, an Obama presidency IS something to fear. The man will bring this country into further despair as he injects his socialist/marxist ideology into our Republic and destroys this nation. If you want to call this fearmongering go ahead and choose your mode of denial, but when you have to face the reality of this please don't try to again blame the republicans for the disaster he and his cronies subject us to. Not only will Obama's agenda bring us down further but as Biden said (NOT the Republican campaign) an Obama presidency will invite an attack on this nation; don't be surprised just keep on supporting him, that way we can all come together again as we are totally destroyed.

    October 31, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Ryan Abshagen

    With an election 4 days away, John McSame chooses to go on SNL, when there are real issues at hand?? What a LOSER!

    OBAMA '08!

    October 31, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Noah

    McCain has a great sense of humor and, unlike Obama, he can poke fun at himself. He will be great on SNL. It is unfortunate that the Liberals have decided to make this election largely about race and, as a result, we are not allowed to poke fun at Obama or even criticize the man for fear of being called a racist. It is disgusting. I thought Obama was the candidate that was above race? I thought he promised not to use race in the election? He went back on that promise as well. If Barack Obama were a white man named Bobby O'bannion, who had served only 2 years in the Senate and had an undistinguished record and little experience I would still not vote for him. So do not make me feel like I am being racist because I choose not to vote for a man whose entire politics I disagree with. if Obama loses it will be because the majority of Americans have rejected his radical left views, not because he is black.

    October 31, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. Dave

    Saturday Night Live has long been a place for jokes... so that's a good place for the current incarnation of McCain. Hey, better there than the White House.

    October 31, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. inat2

    McCain is real. Palin is real.

    obama or biden appearing on SNL would ruin their facade.

    October 31, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  25. Thebe

    The horror. The horror.

    October 31, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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