McCain: I can replace Letterman
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey 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.”


The 77-year-old senator has not yet decided on whether he will run for another term in 2016 so anything's possible, right?

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.”