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McCain apologizes to Jackson Browne for using really old song

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(Read caption) Senator John McCain (not pictured) apologized publicly to singer Jackson Browne today for the Ohio Republican Party's use of one of Browne's songs during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Neither side has much to brag about. Jackson Browne hasn't had a hit since the Jurassic period, and John McCain -- who would be the first to joke that he was born in the Jurassic period -- is in a party that seems to be heading toward mass extinction.

But any publicity is good publicity, and for someone who hasn't had a hit record in decades, today's announcement that Browne has settled a lawsuit with McCain might be the only chance that the singer/songwriter has at being in the news.

The singer, who now advertises that hhe plays at birthday parties and business meetings, didn't like that the Ohio Republican Party played his song "Running on Empty" last year during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Although, in retrospect, it seems like the perfect campaign song for the ill-fated McCain campaign, the use of the song was intended to mock then candidate Obama for the part of his energy plan that advised Americans to conserve gas through proper tire inflation.

So Browne did what seemingly all entertainers (except Lee Greenwood) do when a Republican plays one of their songs: sue. And although McCain and the Republican Party made many attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed, they could not. So they waved the white flag.

"We apologize that a portion of the Jackson Browne song 'Running On Empty' was used without permission," read the statement from the Ohio Republican Party, the RNC, and Senator John McCain.

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