McCain cancels on Letterman, who invites Keith Olbermann, instead

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In suspending his presidential campaign to focus on the ongoing financial crisis, Sen. John McCain is skipping an opportunity for some late-night television exposure. The Republican presidential nominee canceled his scheduled appearance tonight on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” a spokeswoman for the show confirmed. It would have been McCain’s first visit to a late-night talk show since the Republican convention.

As a substitute guest, producers tapped someone with a decidedly different political outlook: MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who frequently berates McCain’s campaign tactics on his program.

McCain has a long history with the “Late Show.” He’s appeared on the program 12 times and used one such visit in February 2007 to announce his candidacy for president.

-- Matea Gold