David Letterman takes on John McCain

After getting snubbed once and making a mockery of Sen. John McCain for it, David Letterman wasn’t going to back down last night in the slightest when the Republican presidential nominee showed up to try to make amends on The Late Show with David Letterman. No, no. Instead, Letterman came out swinging right from the first monologue joke, implying that all of the audience members in the balcony were Alaska state troopers fired by Gov. Sarah Palin. Letterman displayed a map to show how many times McCain’s "Straight Talk Express" passed by the studio in the day after claiming he couldn’t make it to the show. And when McCain did emerge 22 minutes into the program, Letterman had plenty of tough, serious questions for him. McCain tried to joke his way through much of it, initially bracing himself for Letterman, rolling his eyes, mugging for the camera. McCain apologized by saying, "I screwed up," but joked about not having this much fun since he was a Vietnam War POW, and said the only person who should pay higher taxes was Letterman. In all, McCain appeared for three segments over 26 minutes. CBS has put together a highlight reel of 4:42 of the conversation. Letterman tried to steer clear of jokes in asking about getting Osama bin Laden, negative campaign tactics, and spent several minutes questioning the vice presidential selection...

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