(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe suggested Friday that racists voting in November’s general election would probably choose John McCain regardless of who the democratic candidate is.
Asked by National Journal's Linda Douglass if race would be a problem for Obama in the general election, Plouffe responded: “We really don't think so. I mean the vast, vast majority of voters who would not vote for Barack Obama in November based on race are probably firmly in John McCain's camp already.”
Plouffe also discussed a possible divide within the Democratic Party after the nominating process ends. “The lion's share of Democrats are going to be supporting the Democratic nominee,” he said.
A crucial asset to Obama’s campaign in recent contests has been his ability to register new voters and get them to the polls. Plouffe told Douglass that if Obama is the Democratic nominee, “[The campaign’s] ability to register new voters is going to be a very important piece of the puzzle.”
Plouffe's comments come the same day the Obama campaign announced an ambitious, 50-state voter registration program designed to boost Democratic registration – already reaching record levels in many states – with an eye towards November.