Letterman on McCain: I Feel Cheap

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Late Show" host David Letterman kept up a verbal assault on John McCain Thursday, saying he felt like an "ugly date" because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of a scheduled appearance on his talk show.

The night before, Letterman had said McCain's decision to suspend his campaign to deal with the economic crisis "didn't smell right." Letterman substituted MSNBC's "Countdown" host - and critic of the Arizona senator - Keith Olbermann as a substitute when McCain called him to say he wouldn't appear Wednesday.

The comic was unhappy when McCain sat for an interview with Katie Couric instead of him Wednesday - and even more perturbed to learn that McCain didn't leave New York until Thursday.

He said he felt like a "patriot" to let McCain off his commitment to deal with the economy and "now I'm feeling like an ugly date."

"That's what I feel like, I feel like an ugly date," he said. "I feel used. I feel cheap. I feel sullied."

McCain spokeswoman Nicole Wallace said Thursday that the campaign "felt this wasn't a night for comedy."

"We deeply regret offending Mr. Letterman, but our candidate's priority at this moment is to focus on this crisis," Wallace said on NBC's "Today" show.

The late-night comic banged away at McCain on Thursday from the opening of his monologue.

"You're here on a good night," he told the audience. "So far none of our guests have canceled."

He talked about daredevil David Blaine's feat of hanging upside down in New York's Central Park for 60 hours.

"They just left the guy hanging there," he said. "It's the same thing McCain did to me last night."

He described socialite Paris Hilton - Thursday's guest whose celebrity was once used in a McCain campaign ad to mock Obama - as McCain's first choice for a running mate.

"Here's how it works: you don't come to see me? You don't come to see me? Well, we might not see you on Inauguration Day," Letterman said.

Noting that McCain wanted to postpone Friday's first debate with Barack Obama, Letterman said running mate Sarah Palin wanted to put off her debate with Democrat Joe Biden until after Election Day. Letterman said McCain taking Palin to meet world leaders at the United Nations was like "take-your-daughter-to-work day."

Letterman's Top 10 list was "surprising facts about Sarah Palin," read by citizens of Wasilla, Alaska, where she was once mayor.

No. 10: Palin "sometimes calls John McCain grandpa."

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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 26, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    If that gap toothed idiot can't realize that a national economic crisis is more important than coming on his show. Who cares what he says ,he needs to stop whining. I would like a president who would rather deal with national crisis than bother with such frivolity.
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Sep 26, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    Letterman was just pieved that his show got dropped. If I was McCain I don't think I would ever go to his show. who cares who he says.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 26, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    Does anybody really care what Letterman thinks about anything? If I was McCain I would have never agreed to do his show to begin with.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 26, 2008 at 03:24 AM
    Hey David, If you FEEL cheap you probably ARE cheap.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    I am so sick of celebrities and the liberal media trying to sway public opinion on this election. Vote for the most qualified candidate..note his age,race or party!
  • by Vicki Location: Beaufort NC on Sep 25, 2008 at 07:26 PM
    Feeling cheap? WA WA Get over yourself Letterman!
  • by voter Location: nc on Sep 25, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    someone actually watches that looser and his no talent sidekick schafer??
  • by JC Location: PGV on Sep 25, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    I agree with you Danny. People are entitled to their beliefs, but when so many in the media try to push their views on everyone else. I can't wait till this election is over, hopefully we will all be able to get back to some since of normalcy.
  • by Danny Location: Washington on Sep 25, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    Why wouldn't McCain back out. I would of never agreed to go on his show in the first place. Lettermen is one of the biggest liberals in the media. Any democrat that comes on his show gets treated like gold, and any republican that comes on gets attached. I do not like David Lettermen. He is very unfair, and Jay Leno is much more funny anyway.

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