McCain to Letterman: "I screwed up"

It was major damage-control time last night on CBS as Senator John McCain made his much-anticipated return to The Late Show With David Letterman. The highly publicized feud between the former prisoner of war and take-no-prisoners talk-show host came to a conclusion last night, and if you missed it, you missed a humbled man. Luckily for those who didn't catch it live, we have video of the full interview right here!

The whole ruckus began late last month when McCain stood Letterman up like an ugly prom date. McCain was locked into a guest spot on Letterman's show for September 24, but canceled at the 11th hour, irking Letterman and leaving him hanging. Sources say that McCain's peeps told Dave's peeps that the senator had to return to Washington to help aid in rebuilding the crumbling economy, a somewhat understandable excuse...if it were true.

During an interview with fill-in guest Keith Olbermann, Letterman flipped over to a live feed of McCain prepping for an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric. "Need a ride to the airport?" joked Letterman. What happened over the course of the next few weeks can be put simply: Dave went off on McCain, and deservedly so.

McCain's appearance last night on The Late Show put an end to the feud, and the senator helped his reputation by making no excuses and telling Letterman flatly, "I screwed up." You won't see many politicians do that in your lifetime.

Letterman also used his leverage to get tough on McCain, pulling few punches and grilling the senator better than most so-called political journalists on subjects such as his running-mate Sarah Palin's questionable qualifications, his opponent Barack Obama, and the infamous no-show that occurred a few weeks earlier. McCain was continually apologetic about the incident, and even took a few shots at himself and his campaign strategy throughout the interview.

McCain also confirmed that his veep Sarah Palin will be appearing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, a week earlier than previously expected.

McCain was going to make it to The Late Show this time no matter what got in his way. After his plane was delayed for a few hours in Philadelphia, McCain chartered a private helicopter and took the bird in to New York City.

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OhiostateHack said "McCain has always been a man who can say "I screwed up" when he has. That's one of the reasons I've respected him for so long."

Does that mean he has made a lot of mistakes? Bit worrying for you guys over the pond IF he gets in ;)
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I guess you all don't get it that McCain and Palin MUST do anything they can to get their faces on the television. Obama (after lying to us all and deciding not to follow public funding for his campaign) and his cohorts are going to be blanketing ever station in every market with their socialist agenda in their shameless and unabashed attempt to buy the Presidency. Obama isn't going to bring us change, he's just going to bring us more wasteful big government spending. And he's going to smooth talk America into thinking he's doing it for "the little guy".
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I won't be voting for him, but as a man with a sense of humor, I won't completely hate it if he makes the grade
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At least the man admitted his mistake; and on national television. I think there is something to be said for that.
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McCain has always been a man who can say "I screwed up" when he has. That's one of the reasons I've respected him for so long. I think he did a great job on Letterman. Obama should have just stuck to appearances like this. Also, did anyone notice when Obama stood up SNL in the season premiere? Of course, he's renting a half hour on all the networks right before the election to air his socialist propoganda.
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Good for Senator John McCain, he remembered to made his much-anticipated return to The Late Show With David Letterman. The highly publicized mistake not to show up for Letterman made McCain look older forgetful and rude. He picked a Govener he meet 2 years ago on vacation to be his running mate. I guess he forgot that the Senate and Congress had people he could of picked as a running mate too. It must be just McCain's age catching up to him, or has all of the Senate and Congress turned him down as running mates.
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why is she coming on SNL? don't they hav an election to run? only more proof that they aren't taking this more seriously.
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WTF? Palin on t.v. and McCain b.s.-ing about who knows what on television...what do they think?! They trying to audition for a Scary Movie part or something? You're running to lead a country not television ratings...move on already!
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How utterly disturbing... It was so obvious he was trying to manipulate the viewers into thinking god knows what... If he is elected president he is not going to be able to go on a talk show and laugh and say I screwed up if he does in fact screw up it's just not going to work. If this is McCain's metality then we should not elect him president...
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I really hope McCain doesn't win the election.
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John creeped me out in that interview...
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McCain uttering the words "I screwed up," are probably going to find themselves in an Obama ad somewhere...
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when will obama be on?
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