Breaking: Video: McCain tells Letterman he’s in

posted at 8:02 pm on February 28, 2007 by Ian

In an interview set to air tonight at 11:35PM EST Senator John McCain told “Late Show” host David Letterman he is running for President:

The last time we were on this program, I’m sure you remember everything very clearly. But you asked me if would come back on the show if I was going to announce. I am announcing that I will be a candidate for President of the United States.

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SURPRISE!!!!

to who?

Defector01 on February 28, 2007 at 8:08 PM

Fire up the Doubletalk Express.

JammieWearingFool on February 28, 2007 at 8:08 PM

And at the end of his term he’d ony be 107 years old.

Yee-haw, I’m excited.

mattshu on February 28, 2007 at 8:17 PM

someone quick, alert the media!…zzzzzzzzzzz

I won’t be voting for him.

CP on February 28, 2007 at 8:20 PM

As every Republican knows, this is a terrific venue for a Democrat to announce his candidacy.

Stephen M on February 28, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Is this news? I thought he was already running. What next… Obama announcing he’s black?

SailorDave on February 28, 2007 at 8:25 PM

McCain would have been a great President if he got the nod in 2000…

Now? Not so much…

I’m still po’d that at such an important time in world history, that there’s such a lackluster bunch of candidates.

JetBoy on February 28, 2007 at 8:29 PM

He’s gonna run? NO FREAKIN’ WAY!!

McCain trying to out “center” Guliani, um don’t think so. Ted Kennedy’s bound to give a red faced, tirade over your latest amnesty bill, which means goodbye nomination.

How long until Guiliani wows ‘em on The Tonight Show?

Theworldisnotenough on February 28, 2007 at 8:34 PM

I can’t wait to listen to Rush tomorrow.

Bill C on February 28, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Giuliani is not lackluster he will set the GOP on fire. Face it, we won’t be able to debate abortion, healthcare, social security if we are living in Dhimmi status, or our children are forced too. Giuliani is the right man at the right time. Bush, he set the vision in motion, Giuliani has the leadership and charisma to see that vision through.

James on February 28, 2007 at 8:41 PM

He’s running!? I am shocked! Who woulda thunk it?

James on February 28, 2007 at 8:41 PM

Agreed.

amerpundit on February 28, 2007 at 8:52 PM

So does this mean no more Mormon doctrine bashing on Hot Air? I’m so depressed…

Hack Ptui on February 28, 2007 at 8:53 PM

And at the end of his term he’d ony be 107 years old.

Yee-haw, I’m excited.

mattshu on February 28, 2007 at 8:17 PM

LMAO

abinitioadinfinitum on February 28, 2007 at 8:57 PM

How is this breaking? Since 1999, He hasn’t STOPPED running for president.

Jones Zemkophill on February 28, 2007 at 8:59 PM

I can’t figure out who is the bigger RINO this guy or Giuliani.

Maxx on February 28, 2007 at 9:07 PM

He wasn’t already in?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 28, 2007 at 9:10 PM

I can’t figure out who is the bigger RINO this guy or Giuliani.

Maxx on February 28, 2007 at 9:07 PM

To be fair, I have to give the biggest RINO title to Rudy who manages to hate both babies and guns and still call himself Republican. But McCain runs a close second with his little “Gang of 14″ stunt and his generally spineless politics. I can’t wait until the real Republicans start declaring their candidacies. i.e. Brownback, Hunter, etc.

tiekitwist on February 28, 2007 at 9:19 PM

“I am announcing that I will be a candidate for President of the United States.”

That’s all he will be, a candidate.

joeswampy on February 28, 2007 at 10:19 PM

*Yawn*

Sorry John, you’re just another RINO.

infidel4life on February 28, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Bad, bad, timing. Hasn’t it already been determined that he ‘blew the shark’ or whatever it is they say?

ahem on February 28, 2007 at 10:22 PM

What a venue for an announcement. In this present day of current events to choose Letterman’s show?

It seems a lot more worthy of the office to announce you’re going to run for President at some historic location in your home state. (Hillary’s living room doesn’t count, but then I guess she’s a woman without a state!). I hate to say it but at least Obama was at the Old State Capital building in Springfield.

INC on February 28, 2007 at 10:59 PM

WHOOP-DEE-DOO…

x95b10 on February 28, 2007 at 11:11 PM

Is he running as a republican?

Talon on February 28, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Oh boy!

I wonder when he’ll figure out he’s not conservative enough to be elected as a Republican, and not “mainstream” enough for KP or Alan Colmes.

Maybe he’ll get a keynote at the convention and fade back into oblivion.

BacaDog on February 28, 2007 at 11:37 PM

OK…….. I’ll bite……..

“Senator McCain, since you are a canidate for the President of the United States, and as a Senator, you took an oath to protect and defend the United States, my first question is…….. why aren’t our borders secured going on six years after 9/11? And please, don’t look to Mr. Kennedy (the swimmer) for assistance to this question?”

(cricket…. cricket….. cricket)

PinkyBigglesworth on February 28, 2007 at 11:56 PM

I’m underwhelmed.

jaleach on March 1, 2007 at 12:31 AM

Watching the committe now work really hard to sell out Americans via the McKennedy Bill. These guys need to be told …they are SUPPOSED to be representing the AMERICAN people….somehow they forgot?????McCain is about to waste MILLIONS of dollars to run for an office he will never, ever hold!
Except for Jeff Sessions—what a guy-he actually has common sense!!!

Mellen on March 1, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Letterman? Come on! If you’re going to announce you are running for POTUS (as a Republican), do you do so on the most liberal talk show on television? I’ll admit I didn’t watch the clip this time but I can only imagine groans from the audience. Like when Bill O shows up only to have David stir the coffee with his nasty pencil and then fake surprise that Bill O drank from the cup. Letterman is not a show I would announce anything of intelligent, or relevant circumstance on. His audience seems to be made up of liberal, group-thinking democrats. At least from what I’ve seen for lo these many years.

thedecider on March 1, 2007 at 12:39 AM

Whatta jerk

Chuck on March 1, 2007 at 1:01 AM

Giuliani has the leadership and charisma to see that vision through.

James on February 28, 2007 at 8:41 PM

…and he can communicate what it is…

thedecider, the clip’s short – they clapped maniacally, which is a great surprise, or maybe not. Tactically, I think it’s brilliant to announce in a circle from which you can draw unexpected applause and possible new ones…

Entelechy on March 1, 2007 at 1:02 AM

I’m surprised he didn’t “come out” on The View.

NTWR on March 1, 2007 at 1:09 AM

Bad, bad, timing. Hasn’t it already been determined that he ‘blew the shark’ or whatever it is they say?

ahem on February 28, 2007 at 10:22 PM

Lmao. Someone want to photoshop this.

Bill C on March 1, 2007 at 1:38 AM

For a second I thought he was gonna propose.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 1, 2007 at 1:50 AM

Was it during the stupid human tricks?

(that would make the most sense)

lan astaslem on March 1, 2007 at 2:47 AM

Imus ain’t gonna’ like this.
Imus has been humping for this phoney for years and he expects his liberal buddies to make announcements like this on his show.
Oh well – it’ll give Imus something new to bitch about for three hours on TV this morning. Maybe this means we wont have to listen to him bitch about the shabby treatment our wounded veterans are getting.
Does this mean that McCain will be banned from the program for life? Of course “for life” to Imus means just until the banned liberal wants to be on again.

OBX Pete on March 1, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Letterman? Sheesh,just how many people did he reach with that venue? I’m surprised anyone watches that show, if he realy wanted to make a splash he shoulda done Leno, or O’brien.

wolfva on March 1, 2007 at 4:08 AM

Politico and Hugh Hewitt have a piece revealing Rudy’s past choice of judges:

A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state’s lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.

A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.”

So…for all of you who keep insisting to me that Rudy will appoint “strict constuctionists” so I need not worry on that end, all I can say is the proof is in the pudding.

Rightwingsparkle on March 1, 2007 at 8:35 AM

It’s ‘jump the shark’.

It references the Happy Days episode in which the Fonz was waterskiing (with his leather jacket on no less) and jumped shark infested waters. When television shows ‘jump the shark’, it means they’ve just gone too far and shot the show’s credibility to hell.

Though I do think McCain WOULD blow a shark if it will get him elected. He’s already gotten REAL cozy with a whale (Kennedy).

Darksean on March 1, 2007 at 8:37 AM

Wonderful! Now, which party will he represent? This guy bounces around more than a handball during an intense game. One thing is certain, he isn’t playing to the conservative base when he announces on Letterman. McCain represents nothing and everything and will again fall by the wayside.

rplat on March 1, 2007 at 8:49 AM

8 years too late buddy..

Viper1 on March 1, 2007 at 9:24 AM

McCain would have been a great President if he got the nod in 2000…

Now? Not so much…

I’m still po’d that at such an important time in world history, that there’s such a lackluster bunch of candidates.

JetBoy on February 28, 2007 at 8:29 PM

Running on campaign finance reform? No thanks. I was glad when he lost that year. I didn’t want my first vote to go for him.

Esthier on March 1, 2007 at 9:35 AM

I did not watch the video…I am not one who likes to watch snuff films, or people committing suicide.

right2bright on March 1, 2007 at 9:42 AM

Rudy and Newt, Yin and Yang. Throw in the Steele man, Condi, a few others and we have another 8 years.

right2bright on March 1, 2007 at 9:45 AM

I can’t wait until the real Republicans start declaring their candidacies. i.e. Brownback, Hunter, etc.

Except, according to RCP polls, among others, they don’t have a chance, garnering about 4% of the Republican vote.

McCain, as I’ve pointed out, continues to go left. Giuliani is willing to change, and become more Conservative. I can assure you one thing, the next Prez won’t be a strong Conservative like Brownback. The next Prez will have (Enter Candidate name Here) Democrats, much like Reagan.

I did not watch the video…I am not one who likes to watch snuff films, or people committing suicide.

LMAO!

amerpundit on March 1, 2007 at 9:48 AM

he isn’t playing to the conservative base when he announces on Letterman.

And he still isn’t, when he turns down an invite to CPAC. You’re right, who’s he playing to, by announcing his candidacy on David Letterman, which is filmed in a liberal city, watched by many liberals?

amerpundit on March 1, 2007 at 9:49 AM

My babyboy is going to win.

Ouabam on March 1, 2007 at 9:51 AM

He’ll jump. It will be Clinton/McCain on the democrat ticket.

/ducks and runs

RushBaby on March 1, 2007 at 9:56 AM

I can’t believe it, McCain has refused an invitation to speak at CPAC, he’s not only a RINO, he’s a dumb RINO.

Maxx on March 1, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Wonder why he didn’t make this announcement on the border?

Too crowded?

Or in front of the prison where the border guards were unjustly incarcerated for defending our country?

Something he should supposedly (Hanoi Hilton) have some sympathy for.

I’m for Tancredo, but I’ll vote for Guiliani if it keeps the Defeatocrats out.

McCain makes a good Tater Tot, but not a president.

profitsbeard on March 1, 2007 at 10:12 AM

I still want to see a Guiliani/Romney or Guiliani/Huckabee ticket, damnit.

JG2K6 on March 1, 2007 at 10:16 AM

I had exactly the same reaction McCain did: “How come Paul’s playing the bums-rush-off-the-stage from a vaudeville act?”

eeyore on March 1, 2007 at 11:00 AM

This is why I will NEVER vote for McCain:

http://www.localnewsleader.com/kindred/stories/index.php?action=fullnews&id=70060

He is a fake conservative and panders to the left.

msipes on March 1, 2007 at 11:41 AM

msipes,

What am I missing in that article? It has the quote from Obama, but they never quote McCain. What exactly did McCain say?

Rightwingsparkle on March 1, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Republican presidential contender John McCain (news, bio, voting record), a staunch backer of the Iraq war but critic of how President Bush has waged it, said U.S. lives had been “wasted” in the four-year-old conflict. Democrats demand the Arizona senator apologize for the comment as Sen. Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) did when the Democratic White House hopeful recently made the same observation.

“Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be,” McCain said Wednesday on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” “We’ve wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives.”

Way to go after those military moms’ votes, Johnny Mac! I’m sure your remarks that their kids are “wasting” their lives in Iraq will be as well received as Ted Kennedy at the Kopechne family reunion.

crushliberalism on March 1, 2007 at 12:32 PM

I think McCain is trying to develope an image comparable to Sen Leiberman. He is definelty turning his back on the core conservatives. I consider myself more in the middle and wasn’t going to vote for him anyway, and now that it appears that he is more closely aligned with the Ted Kennedy’s of congress I think he can just about shut down his campaign before it starts. I think right now for Republicans the best bets are either Guiliani or Gingrich. For Gingrich to be successful there must be more of the Republicans running for election in the next election cycle coming out and acting more conservative.
The tone set by those running for the House and Senate in the next election is what will determine which one of the “G’s” will win.

LakeRuins on March 1, 2007 at 1:11 PM

Thanks crushliberalism on that quote. That is what I was going for Rightwingsparkle. McCain basically called Iraq a waste and everything these troops fight for a “waste”. He will never get the Republican nomination.

But LakeRuins is right. Gingrich and Guiliani is pretty much all we have.

msipes on March 1, 2007 at 1:48 PM

My babyboy is going to win.

Ouabam on March 1, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Only if “the country wants therapy” – N. Gingrich

Entelechy on March 1, 2007 at 2:15 PM

msipes,

No, he certainly does not think Iraq is a waste. No one has supported this war more and no one has supported the troops more. If we had fought the war the way McCain wanted to with a troop surge long ago, then hundreds or thousands of live would have been saved. That’s what he meant. Good grief.

If so many conservative blogs want to be the McCain hating blogs and do a hit piece on him every chance they get, then fine. But we will only be shooting ourselves in the foot.

When all is said and done and McCain gets the nomination, the rightwing blogs will have enough ammo on him that the leftwing blogs want even have to work at it. They will just have to copy and paste.

Rightwingsparkle on March 1, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Just what we need, more RINOs.

opusrex on March 1, 2007 at 10:17 PM

I vote for John McCain is just like voting for Ted Kennedy.

I will vote for a real conservative like Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter. I am sick and tired of being told to vote for left winged liberals that call themselves Republicans.

Guilliani is not a conservative, he is a RHINO. Romney is a RHINO. Both are members of the CFR and are one world Government backers.

The RNC has sold out us out yet again by pushing liberal candidates.

ScottyDog on March 2, 2007 at 9:46 AM

If so many conservative blogs want to be the McCain hating blogs and do a hit piece on him every chance they get, then fine. But we will only be shooting ourselves in the foot.

The only thing McCain has been conservative on is the war. He has urinated on the conservative base every chance he’s had with his civil rights for terrorists bill, the gang of 14, Minutemen supporters are nativists, ect. It’s not just that he doesn’t he agree with any of our positions, he’s insulted us as well. Apparently, there’s something wrong with us if we’re against amnesty, ect. Now this a**clown wants to say he’s the most conservative? Bullcrap. He has almost as much contempt for us as Hillary; at least she doesn’t pretend to be one of us. I’m not going to support McCain and baby step around his suck-a** record just because he has an ‘R’ next to his name. Loyalty to party before principle is a Democrat trait. John McCain winning is not a conservative victory. Look how GWB has turned on the conservative movement; and he’s not nearly as insulting to conservatives as McCain. No, McCain should not be coddled. I think he should be hounded right the hell out of the party. Let him be the second pro-war democrat with Lieberman.

austinnelly on March 2, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Hooo Hummm…..He was boring in the last Presidential Election and he is still boring.

oldelpasoan on March 2, 2007 at 9:56 AM

ScottyDog on March 2, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Don’t leave out Newt.

right2bright on March 2, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Prediction: McCain is going to run as an independent. (Someone asked why he’s snub CPAC?) He’ll attempt to be another Perot but this time with more success. The overly vocal left wingnuts will make the dem frontrunners increasingly pander. The moderate dems will feel alienated. McCain will seek them a/w/a socially liberal republicans. He views the current Republicans as too average to excite turnout. He’s thinking he’ll sweep the middle and win. We’ll see.

warriorlawyer on March 2, 2007 at 11:04 AM

McCain does not have a chance. I don’t think he could beat Hillary let alone get enough Republicans to vote for him in the primary.If he does go independent. I think it would benefit the RNC

He popularity comes from the MSM and they will not be behind him once Obama or Hillary is running.

ScottyDog on March 2, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Don’t leave out Newt.

right2bright on March 2, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Newt is a member of the CFR too. Lately he sounds like a conservative but I am not buying it. The DNC will demonize him right out of the race.

I am going to vote for Tancredo or Hunter or Both which would be a fantastic team.

ScottyDog on March 4, 2007 at 11:39 AM