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John McCain told David Letterman that “I screwed up” by canceling a “Late Show” appearance three weeks ago, then faced a sharp round of questioning about Sarah Palin and his campaign tactics.
Not willing to risk the wrath of Letterman again, the Republican presidential candidate rented a helicopter to fly to New York after a weather delay grounded his campaign airplane in Philadelphia. He had canceled a Sept. 24 appearance during the brief suspension of his campaign because of the economic crisis, and Letterman has been hammering him ever since. The band played the Who’s “I Can’t Explain” as McCain walked onstage at the Ed Sullivan Theater. After he sat down, Letterman asked, “Can you stay?”