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David Bitterman? Spurned Host Rips McCain

9/25/2008 3:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Letterman absolutely tore John McCain a new one on Wednesday's show, after McCain supposedly called Dave at the last minute to cancel his appearance because he had to "race to the airport" to go watch after our crappy economy.
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But here's the kicker: Later on, Dave cut to live footage of Johnny boy getting his makeup done for an interview with Katie Couric -- only a couple blocks away from Dave's studio and far from an airport.

After Dave busted McCain with his pants down, he used the opportunity to rail his elder some more.

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61.

jesus    

letterman has become pathetic in his old age. i hate to see him so bitter and irrelevant.

2116 days ago
62.

AL GOREs VAGINA    

McCAIN AND NO-BAMA ARE SENATORS, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE PAYING THEM TO DO, THAT'S THERE JOB - THEY ARE NOT GETTING PAID TO RUN AROUND THE COUNTRY CAMPAIGNING OR DEBATING !

THE FACT THAT JOHN McCAIN IS GOING BACK TO WASHINGTON D.C., TO DO HIS JOB IS NOT ONLY RIGHT, IT IS EXPECTED ! THE FACT THAT NO-BAMA ISN'T GOING BACK IS A SIGN THAT HE IS NOT ONLY NOT DOING HIS JOB BUT WOULD RATHER CAMPAIGN THAN TAKE CARE OF US THE PEOPLE WHO ARE, LOSING THEIR JOBS, LOSING THEIR HOMES, NOW LOSING FAITH IN HIS DECISION MAKING ABILITIES !

2116 days ago
63.

julie    

totally stuck my totally important comment on a heidi spence thing.
great comment noboday gonna see it

2116 days ago
64.

Maniacal Zebra    

Why couldn't McCain have just told the truth about why he was canceling? Why did he say he had to "race to the airport" when he was actually a few blocks away? If McCain can't even tell the truth about that, what else is he lying about?

2116 days ago
65.

Dave    

Letterman is an entertainer, who gives a hoot what he thinks about McCain?
McCain probably lied , so his feelings wouldn't get hurt.
McCain has bigger fish to fry..he has a country to help run either as a Senator or President..
Letterman can go suck eggs...he's so "yesterday" anyway, nobody watches him.

2116 days ago
66.

cloe    

Dave ROCKS for calling him out on it. ;)

2116 days ago
67.

Tingly    

To all of you who say McCain has a job to do and shouldn't have been on Letterman. The point is he stated he needed to "race to the airport" to deal with the crisis. Did he even attempt to go to the airport? NO. He straight up LIED and decided to go on another show to do a different interview. Again, to all you people that said he had a job to do: Does getting makeup applied to you in front of Katie and then giving an interview to her count as "racing to the airport" and doing his job fixing the economy? No, didn't think so.

2116 days ago
68.

Tim    

all of you who think letterman is right by insulting McCain are just being unfair. First of all if he came on the show he would have been grilled by an obviously unbiased dave who has made his opinion very public in the past. Second, he had declared his decision to return to Washington to attempt to work out the economic situation like a Senator should. Third, those two shows tape at completely different times, if he could only attend one, then obviously the nightly news would get his word out there more than the lame late show...more people watch Conan, as they should because he is ten times the entertainer and interviewer Letterman ever has been. ps really clever name Mclame and all....keep using it really clever and all, watch this...Olamo, smart i know

2116 days ago
69.

viking    

I can't stand Letterman. The last time Dr Phil was on, Letterman took a shot at Sarah Palin's pregnant 17 year old daughter and harped that maybe Palin should have taken the time to talk to her about sex and birth control. Great line coming from an old geezer who got his live in knocked up when he was about 60 years old. Of course maybe Dave's mom did talk to him about birth control, but he forgot cause he's maybe got Alzheimer's!!

2116 days ago
70.

cloe    

Vote for Ron Paul. He's apparently the only one who is honest.

2116 days ago
71.

oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

I ordered panzerottis tonite for a treat. Sorry for straying!

2116 days ago
72.

frankly_disturbed    

anyone who thinks Letterman is on the money --- get real what does he care. Think he's hurting like so many people out there. If you think these celebs really give a crud about people who are hurting by the economy you really are in a dreamland. Are they pinching pennies or wondering how they will pay their next bill. How about if they can afford to take their kid to the doctor or even the dentist.

I'll stick with the one person who truly knows what it means to live in a box and go without. McCain does understand as he's been there and has the scars to prove it.

2116 days ago
73.

Rip M 2 Shreds    

David Letterman is a has been, there's a reason Jay Leno kicks his ass nightly. Hey Dave, STFU.

2116 days ago
74.

me bitchin    

This is really sad when the american's think David Letterman is more important that the economy. So Letterman didn't get to try and make a fool of McCain, boo hoo Dave .
By the way your show sucks. Seriously~retire already. I'd rather watch that pastey faced Irish guy than your crappy show.

2116 days ago
75.

AL GOREs VAGINA    

Letterman and Oberman are both stupid liberal dirtbags. Of course they are going to say crap about Mccain, they want their boy Nobama to get in, but thats why my tv's are not tuned to CBS or NBC.

2116 days ago
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