“I screwed up.” That was the reason Senator John McCain gave to David Letterman for abruptly canceling his appearance on “The Late Show” several weeks ago. The Senator’s appearance tonite on the show was his 13th. It was an attempt at making amends with Letterman after being mocked repeatedly by him for the last few weeks. You can read more about it and watch the video below.

After an apologetic Senator McCain sat down, David Letterman asked,

“Can you stay?”

“Depends on how bad it gets,” McCain answered to huge laughs from the crowd.

Letterman, still obviously miffed, got straight to the point.

“So what exactly happened?�? he asked McCain. “I got to think maybe I’m just not important enough.�?

“Can I give you an answer?�? responded the senator. “I screwed up.�?

“Well, I’m willing to put this behind us,�? Letterman said.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you very much,�? McCain said.

Although Letterman said he was “willing to put this behind us,” he came after McCain hard with questions. He asked whether Governor Sarah Palin was his first choice as vice president.

“Absolutely,” McCain answered. He said he didn’t know her well before choosing her, but that he was impressed by her reputation as a reformer.

Letterman repeatedly pressed McCain on her qualifications, asking if he was confident she could lead the country in a time of crisis. Unfortunately, his ‘Palin Derangement Syndrome” was in full gear.

“In all due respect, one of the people I admired most was an obscure governor of a southern state called Arkansas and he turned out to be a fairly successful president,” McCain said, complimenting Bill Clinton. “Ronald Reagan was a cowboy, no experience in international affairs. I think she has shown leadership.”

As Letterman pressed on, McCain asked, “Have we pretty well exhausted this?”

“No, no,” Letterman said. “I’m just getting started.”

Letterman questioned him about William Ayers and Sarah Palin’s comments about Barack Obama “palled around with terrorists.” Thankfully, Senator McCain had Sarah’s back saying Obama still needs to better explain his relationship with the former Weather Underground terrorist.

“Did you not have a relationship with Gordon Liddy?” Letterman asked about Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy.

“I know Gordon Liddy. He paid his debt, he went to prison … I’m not in any way embarrassed to know Gordon Liddy.” McCain said.

“You understand the same case could be made of your relationship with him as is being made with William Ayers?” Letterman said.

Letterman said he felt like an “ugly date” after John McCain’s earlier cancellation. Yep. That’s about right Dave.

McCain on Letterman Video

Be patient with the video. It’s garbled through the beginning commercials but the actual interview with McCain is clear.

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