Barack Obama did it, Sarah Palin did it, now it's his turn (again)

By Nina Burleigh
Updated October 31, 2008 11:30 AM
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John McCain may be locked in the fight of his political life, but he just found time to appear on Saturday Night Live.

With only three days to go until his Nov. 4 ballot box clash with Barack Obama, the GOP presidential hopeful will duck from the campaign trail to appear on NBC’s live broadcast, according to the Associated Press.

McCain last appeared on SNL in May, after he became the Republican nominee. During that appearance, the candidate, 72, joked about his age, saying: “I ask you, what should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly, someone who is very, very, very old.”

The Arizona senator also hosted the show in 2002 – and performed a medley of songs by Barbra Streisand, a well-known Democratic Party supporter. Ben Affleck, also an Obama supporter, is slated to host this week’s show. American Idol winner David Cook is the musical guest.

McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, appeared on SNL two weeks ago with her satirical doppelganger, Tina Fey. That show won SNL its highest ratings in 14 years.

Obama was on the show last season but canceled a scheduled appearance on the season opener in September, because of Hurricane Ike.