McCain Takes a Copter to Letterman
By Michael D. Shear
ON THE TARMAC IN PHILADELPHIA -- The outcome of the election may be uncertain, but John McCain knows one thing for sure: He's not going to stand up David Letterman again.
After an hour sitting here in his Straight Talk Air waiting to take off for Newark airport, McCain was informed that there was a two-hour air traffic delay.
Without action, he would miss his Letterman taping. And this was the mea culpa appearance, in which he was to make up for canceling an appearance on the show when he abruptly suspended his campaign last month.
You can just imagine the jokes. It wouldn't be pretty.
So the pilot turned the plane around and headed back to the Philadelphia terminal, where McCain got off to board a helicopter -- the only way to get to Letterman in time.
The plan was for the helicopter to take McCain, his wife, two Secret Service agents and two aides to the West Side Heliport near 30th Street on the Hudson River in Manhattan.
Of course, that left no room for the press. So news organizations scrambled to find New York-based replacements for the small pool that was scheduled to go with him.
The helicopter is scheduled to take off soon.
Posted at 3:44 PM ET on Oct 16, 2008
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