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McCain Takes a Copter to Letterman

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife Cindy McCain board a helicopter in Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 2008, to travel to New York City. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

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.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 16, 2008; 3:44 PM ET
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McCain said he was in no way of being embarrassed of knowing and associating with G. Gordon Liddy.

Here's a question for people who understand history, which is worse with regards to the sanctity of our election process: ACORN or G. Gordon Liddy?

As we people with knowledge of our own history (and a memory of it) G. Gordon Liddy was the chief operative for the White House Plumbers unit that existed during several years of Richard Nixon's Presidency. Along with E. Howard Hunt, Liddy masterminded the first break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in 1972. The subsequent cover-up of the Watergate scandal led to Nixon's resignation in 1974; Liddy served four and a half years in prison for his role in the burglary.

He's the kind of guy who said that listening to Hitler on the radio, "made me feel a strength inside I had never known before. Hitler's sheer animal confidence and power of will [entranced me]. He sent an electric current through my body." Sweet stuff.

ACORN, as we all know, was legally obligated to collect and process any and all registration forms that cam across their desks. As a result, the organization put them into three piles: 1) Registrations that were legitimate and were verified by a secondary source (phone calls to the registrant), 2) Registrations that seemed legitimate but were incomplete and/or could not be verified by a secondary source, and 3) Registrations that seemed completely illegitimate...such as the ones for Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader. The media got ahold of the third stack and then held them up as evidence that ACORN was committing voter registration fraud...but what they found was that there were a few maverick registrars who were filling out fake forms to pad their paychecks. These fools, when caught, were fired.

G. Gordon Liddy v ACORN. When you know the facts, ACORN seems like child's play in comparison.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 17, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

McCain had some issues during the debate. Medical Issues? What we didnt know. Watch complete 2 min video.

Did Mike Huckabee SAY its Over for McCain?

Posted by: pastor123 | October 17, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

That was a great interview. Letterman DESTROYED John McBush!

When McCain was stuck on Ayers, knowing he'd lost the point to Letterman who pointed out how irrelevent Ayers relationship to Obama was, Letterman then brought up McCain's close relationship to domestic terrorist G Gordon Liddy, McCain immediately shifts over to ACORN....the very same ACORN whom McCain was a keynote speaker for in 2006, HAHAHA!

What a tool. McCain can't even admit that he's lying and is wrong.

Letterman's: "Yeah, Obama was 8 and Ayers was 29 and they were palling around together." response to McCain was perfect.

No one is buying the Ayers/ACORN crap. The fact that McCain brings this up over and over just proves that he's to incompetent to be president. The polls show the public doesn't give a damn about Ayers/ACORN. They give a damn about who's going to fix the economy and end the mess in Iraq.

Yet, McCain could only say, "Ayers. ACORN. Ayers. ACORN." McCain doesn't deserve to be president. He is disqualifying himself right before the eyes of America.

Also, Faux Noise Channel is busy proving that they're a joke (again) with their hilarious 24/7 Ayers "reports".

Posted by: DrainYou | October 17, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 16, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse



Joe the Plumber now has a voice, speaking for the middle and upper middle class, trying to get ahead. The REAL Rich has been represented by Penny Pritzker's Candidate. Joe said, sure today it's people making over 250K that will get killed by Obama's taxes, but soon, as Obama's agenda gets more expensive, it will be people making 150K, and so's like that old saying about not speaking out when someone comes for your neighbors....soon there will noone left to speak out when someone comes for you

Posted by: thecannula | October 16, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

What more embarrassment will the poor man suffer? I suppose Limbaugh and company will be jealous.

That a boy, Dave! You are more important that most of what John can I call him John might do now anyhow.

Maybe John will spill some of the deep dark secrets he thinks we need to know about Ayers.

Posted by: justmehla | October 16, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I have never felt this much passion in thirty years. This is such an historic time for us as a nation. I really want to be a part of this time in history. We have finally a intelligent, calm, hardworking Presidential candidate. President Palin?????? Don't we have enough fear???? Barack Obama has taken the high road no matter what lies are told.

Posted by: Diana10 | October 16, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope Letterman carves Frankencain a new one. Call out the villagers and chase him with torches and pitchforks and that other stuff that middle America uses to fight terrorists. No more inner Bush for me, buddy. I've had enough.

Posted by: KRE8TR | October 16, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

FBI lounched an investigation on the ACORN case. This unfortunately will take some time to complete. Until then my advice is get used to Obama guys.

Posted by: ArneSaknussemm | October 16, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else noticeMcCain did not have a flag pin on at the FINAL debate?

Posted by: LarryOregon | October 16, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Dems...still mad that SenatorMcCain intervened to kill that first bailout bill (with 20 billion dollars allocated for ..ACORN!!) and force the Dems to let the Republicans into the negotiations, if they wanted to use them fro cover! Only a Liberal would call Doing Your Job a "political stunt". And, Where was BO - studying and memorizing lines so that he would appear to have some knowledge of something in the debates. Did you notice that he just keeps saying the same thing, and without inflection - as though he 's reciting and Has No Clue ABout That Which He Is Speaking!!

Posted by: gaelgirl | October 16, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Now that you're in that bad a shape, you don't want to take refuge with someone who has been merciless with you. DON'T GO JOHN!

Posted by: SalemWali | October 16, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that is hilarious! You better believe that helicopter will figure into jokes for the next few weeks.

People, Letterman may have had his feelings bruised but he was never really mad at McCain, he was milking it for the exposure.

I'm an Obama supporter...with a sense of humor. Letterman may be worth a watch tonight.

Posted by: learningisjoy | October 16, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

i'm going to scream if gets on the show, and somehow weaves the P.O.W. story in. like on leno, when leno made fun of all of his houses---mccain responded with a ...."well when i was in prison, i didn't hava a house, or even a table...blah blah blah....

Posted by: earthling | October 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou, I'm not a praying man but I am sure praying right now that Letterman lets him get all the way to the building then cancels him back. Now that would be classic!

Posted by: dlanet | October 16, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: caroltevans | October 16, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Shear,

Do you read the real news?

"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."

Mr. McCain never really suspended his campaign last month. He just said he was. No missed commercials, no missed attacks from his surrogates, no missed Palin rallies, and no missed Katie Couric interviews. He just decided to call it a suspension and decided to skip out on Letterman to try and salvage things with Couric after Palin's pathetic reception from just about everyone after her first Couric interview. Again, NO REAL SUSPENSION, he needed to try and water down the bad press and be there to hold Pain's hand or cover her mouth. Are you still living in Bush-speak world? Just because someone says it does not make it true.

Posted by: patrickinIL | October 16, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Letterman is actually letting McCain come back on his show again.

McCain lied to Letterman...end of story.

Screw Him!

Posted by: DrainYou | October 16, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Cool beans!

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 16, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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