By Judy Kurtz
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainNBC's Lester Holt emerges from debate bruised and partisan Pundits react: Clinton won first debate Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (R-Ariz.) says he has what it takes to replace David Letterman.
Pressed by ITK on who should replace the CBS funnyman when the “Late Show” host retires next year, the Arizona Republican said with a smile, "I’m picking John McCain as soon as I retire. I would make a great host. If anybody was ever worried about the over 60 audience, I’m their guy.”
McCain also noted that his comments would make Letterman happy, but other television talk-show hosts will now "never have me on their show."
He continued, “I have a lot of expertise, but picking talk show hosts is not one of them.”
The five-term senator has made the rounds as a frequent talk show guest, and even hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2002. But he’s never tried his hand at hosting duties for a late-night talk show.
In 2008, the then-presidential candidate made headlines when he bailed at the last-minute on a Letterman show appearance, citing the need to suspend his campaign and travel to Washington to deal with the financial crisis. McCain later conceded to Letterman, “I screwed up.”