Leno's McCain Jokes Hit Homes

McCain's quips aimed at diffusing age, wealth concerns
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 2:51 AM CDT
John McCain appears on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" joking about his age and his wife's wealth.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – John McCain yesterday made what has become a mandatory stop on the campaign trail: The Tonight Show. He used the appearance to defuse jokes about his age in advance of his 72d birthday this week and attempt to do some damage control over his recent confusion about how many homes he owns. Leno quipped in his monologue that "thousands" of homes—"most of them belonging to John McCain"—were ruined by tropical storm Fay, reports Politico.

McCain squirmed at the point of Leno's house jokes, then pulled out his history as a POW, stressing he lived for over five years "without a house, table, chair." McCain joked about his age, saying he's so old that “my Social Security number is 8"—and that the fire marshal is concerned about the number of candles on his birthday cake.