In a highly unusual bid to book a guest, late night veteran David Letterman, host of CBS' "Late Show," openly expressed his dismay that GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has yet to appear on Letterman's show.
Letterman's remarks came on Friday evening, 39 days before the November 6 presidential election, and his outrage at Romney's "snub" was both unusual and palpable.
"The challenger, Mitch Romney, has not been on the show," Letterman said. "We have asked him to be on the show: any night, any time, short notice, whatever he wants. He can be on the show. He's got 39 days. Now I don't want to persuade anybody unnecessarily, but if he's not here in 39 days, don't vote for him."
According to the latest Gallup polling information
, President Obama is currently in a favorable position, with a job approval rating at the 50 percent marker. Obama's position should be a top concern for the Romney team, and more active appearances in popular media venues like "The Late Show" could potentially help the GOP candidate become better known among the American electorate.
However, it appears that Romney's strategists are banking on the first presidential debate this coming Wednesday, October 3. According to a Boston Globe report
, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has predicted that the upcoming debates will drive a turnaround for the Romney campaign.
But Romney's absence is not sitting well with Letterman.
"Listen, I'm serious about this," Letterman complained. "I know what it's like to be rebuffed, to be ignored, to be thwarted, shunted, not taken seriously. What's the word I'm looking for? To be, uh, snubbed."