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

McCain to appear on SNL this weekend

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/31/art.mccain.snl.jpg caption="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. Bridgette-PA

    Good....now 5-10 million people can see him for the 'JOKE" he really is! Hmmmmm.....WILL "JO THE NO SHOW" POP UP TOO"?

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 31, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. JFK

    Comedy is what the McCain campaign does best!

    October 31, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |

    And him being on SNL is supposed to do WHAT?

    October 31, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Michael Shannon

    It is a mistake by SNL to even invite McCain within 10 days of the election to appear on their show. It invites the possibility of helping him appear less wooden and puppet like to the American public. At this point SNL needs to stick to its internal skits etc. and stay out of it. It is also a mistake by the CNN and the media in general to over cover McCain and his sinking ship saga day after day after day. It is tantamount to throwing a drowning shark a life preserver to build the hopes of his handlers and allow the tense ratings building saga to coax those that always love the underdog to vote for him.. He has been savaging Obama day in and day out, yet I see a preponderance of coverage given to his efforts and that of his Barracuda moose milk maid, Sarah Palin. Equal coverage guys and stop playing to the angst of American voters for ratings!

    October 31, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Susan

    Have fun!

    October 31, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Betty

    Yup, he's got his priorities straight, 3 days before the election.

    October 31, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    5 days left and McCCain has his priorities STRAIGHT!

    SNL first, then the campaign trail!


    McCain trying his best to show that he has a sense of humor and is a swell guy.--NOT!

    October 31, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Thomas

    This might be very confusing for John McCain.

    He might get the mistaken impression that we are laughing with him instead of laughing at him

    October 31, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Brian

    I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no interest in watching.

    October 31, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. TyWebb

    Just don't accuse McCain of being a celebrity...

    October 31, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Michelle, PA

    When McCain gets away from the tactics of the campaign trail, loosens up and shows us the "old" John, he's a really likeable guy. Too bad he's made horrible decisions politically and embraced both the policies and tactics of the people who smeared him so badly in 2000. He might be in a very different position in the election now if he had stayed true to what he stood for 8 years ago instead of listening to the Bush cronies and selling his integrity for votes in the right wing "base". I'll watch and likely enjoy him on SNL, but he's not getting my vote.

    October 31, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Koolaid for seniors

    I believe that would be "appearing on barely SNL" in his case, right? Fitting – the guy's campaign has been a sad joke of late.

    October 31, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. MikeNC

    What a joke – Obama does 30 minute infomercial and it is slammend by Republicans. McCain and Palin both do Satruday Night Light and it is lauded as MUST SEE TV by the same group that chides Obama.

    RIDICULOUS – I voted and proud to say I supported:

    Kay Hagan
    and Bev Perdue

    October 31, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. Is that an iceberg I see?

    The joke is on you, John.

    October 31, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Bob Indianapolis IN

    This will fit in nicely with the surrealistic turn that his campaign has taken from Sarah Palin to Joe the wannabe Plumber to Tito the Builder and the rest of the cast....

    October 31, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. andrew

    Mcsame can't joke altough he is already funny ...

    October 31, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  17. Nash

    Alas, the Last Gasp. 4 days and then good riddance to failed policies.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Is that an iceberg I see?

    THE MCCAIN SHOW – what a joker!

    October 31, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Frank G

    Gee, what excitement, now I have something to do Saturday night, not.

    October 31, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Suzan

    That is not fair...
    They should not do it this weekend...They should give a chance to Obama/ Biden this time

    October 31, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. SW,OHIO

    What a joke! He is disgusting and turns my stomach. I hope SNL asks McCain about his ties with Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi. Sweep your own door steps before you try sweeping someone elses. Check the facts! The only terrorist attack we must worry about is what the Republicans create!

    October 31, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. Goro


    Our country's in financial ruin and a COMEDY SHOW is the best idea a presidential candidate has to offer us only days before a PRESIDENTIAL election?????

    I voted for Bush twice so I pretty much blame myself for this whole mess. I know! I'll clean it up with Barack no-stain, no-nonsense, no-greasy residue, ALL-PURPOSE economic plan.

    That One n' Joe 08'

    October 31, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. Dana from NY

    I do not understand CNN... in a post last night they titled it "Buyers Remorse" stating their poll of polls shows Obama's lead shrinking to 5 points...then this morning they say their poll of polls have him holding steady @ 8 points! Why do they have to be so contradictory? Every poll shows Obama with a 6-8 point lead on average...but last night just to "create" a story they make it appear as though his lead is slipping away to do what exactly?
    I mean I think its good in a way, b/c Obama supporters should not get too comfortable and think this is in the bag in any way...EVERYONE HAS TO VOTE!! However- the way you word your headlines is rediculous... I do not have buys remorse... the only remorse I will have is if I wake up on Wednesday November 5th and McCain and Palin are going to running our country- I think I would go into depression- never mind mourning!
    My point is CNN is allll over the place- no coverage of Obama's ad, no coverage of Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday night- one of his most phenomenol speeches yet... anyone who says CNN is in the tank for Obama must not really be watching and reading lately... they contradict themselves at every turn, trying not to hurt anyones feelings- give me a break! How about you report the ACTUAL news- if it favors Obama then so be it, the truth is the truth- but to compare Obama's negative ads to McCains was where I drew the line- that was when I realized these reporters were puppets to Exxon advertising dollars and nothing more!

    October 31, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Republican Woman for Obama

    Okay that's nice....who cares? We are going to vote for someone because they appear on SNL...maybe his appearance will have the same effect that the Palin appearance had.

    October 31, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  25. Mike

    Funny that the ticket that criticized Obama for being a "celebrity" is feeling like it has to do the SNL circuit in the final days of the campaign in a desperate attempt to turn things around. First Sarah, now John. You'd think that John would have different priorities for his time in the last days before election day, but that is the campaign that he has run. Transparently desperate.

    October 31, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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