Senator John McCain chased after the youth vote in two cameo appearances on Saturday Night Live by joking about his age – he is 71 – and sparing viewers the sound of him crooning a medley of Barbra Streisand songs, as he did when he hosted the comedy show in 2002.
“Good evening, my fellow Americans,’’ Mr. McCain said in a political ad parody on this Saturday’s show. “I ask you: what should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly, someone who is very, very, very old.”
Mr. McCain proudly said he had sought not a single earmark for his home state of Arizona, including highways. “When I entered the Senate in 1987, Arizona had 47,000 miles of paved roadway,’’ Mr. McCain said. “Today it’s less than 900.’’
He said he had opposed federal water projects — “that’s why thanks to me, 15 per cent of Arizona citizens must get their drinking water from cactus’’ – and post offices, too.
“I’m proud of the fact that because of my work, when residents of Flagstaff want to mail a letter, or to pick up a package, they have to drive to New Mexico,’’ Mr. McCain said.
Finally, the man who will be the oldest president in history if he is elected this November concluded with an appeal for votes: “I have the courage, the wisdom, the experience and most importantly, the oldness necessary.’’
During his second cameo, on the show’s “Weekend Update’’ segment, Mr. McCain told the Democrats not to pick a presidential nominee too soon.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live in February and Senator Barack Obama was briefly on the show last November.