October 29th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain denies racism will determine election's outcome

Larry King interviewed John McCain Wednesday. Watch the full interview tonight, 9 p.m. ET.
Larry King interviewed John McCain Wednesday. Watch the full interview tonight, 9 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - Presidential candidate John McCain denied Wednesday that race will determine the outcome of next week's election pitting him against Barack Obama, who hopes to become the country's first black president.

"Look, there's racism in America - we all know that," the Republican hopeful told CNN's "Larry King Live" in a taped interview set to air Wednesday evening.

"But I am totally convinced that 99 and forty-four-one-hundredths percent of Americans are going to make the decision based on who is best to lead this country," he continued.

"These are the one of the most difficult times in our history... I have faith in the American people that they will make the judgment for the best of reasons."

McCain trails Obama by about 7 points in CNN's national Poll of Polls, and is also behind in a number of polls in must-win states as well.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Darn right we're voting for the most qualified one.

    That One/Biden '08

    October 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Denise Groves

    Racism will play in the fact that when Obama wins, it will be by a smaller margin than had he been white. I truly believe that.

    October 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. THIS MEANS NOTHING

    This accurately states John McCain is out of touch with american society and he made NO effort to make gains with the African American vote.

    GET OUT AN VOTE EARLY!!!>> PLEASE!!!

    October 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Spencer/VIRGINIA

    Well it will McCain and you and your running mate made it an issue.

    Poll in AZ

    Electoral Votes: 10.

    Rasmussen Reports
    Date: 10/26
    Arizona
    Added: 10/27/08

    John McCain 51%
    Barack Obama 46%

    October 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. mb

    So Papaw McCain still can't apologize to the American people for stoking the dangerous fires of racism. Sad, just sad that he is that low down.

    October 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. McCain?

    i just dont trust McCain...look how poorly his campaign has been run, how can we trust him to run our Nation?

    October 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. jm for sc

    Of course he will deny that race will play a part in this election. That is why he and Palin have been working so hard to paint Obama as different, some one who will not keep America safe. I hope the American people will see through the McCain/Palin ticket. We do not need four more years of Bush's policies.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. TJ

    Whatever...McBush hopes the bigots come out to vote for him and keeps the others from voting for Obama.

    October 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. timhowe

    So, does McCain agree with Limbaugh about the Powell endorsement, but that Powell is just part of the 0.56% who are racists?

    October 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Grumpy Gramps and the Diva are wrong for the USA

    99 and 44 one hundreths? Isn' that Ivory Soap? How Racist!

    October 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. TRISHA

    McCain denies racism but sure hopes it come into play come election day. H and Palin have played extremely filthy. I can't and won't trust john McCain again on anything.

    October 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Frank

    He had better hope for his own sake that he's wrong.

    For the sake of everyone else, I pray that he's right.

    October 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Real Story ...

    crime rate will drop tonight for about 30 minutes

    October 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Barbara

    Yes i'm voting for that One Obama Yes so get out and vote

    October 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Griff

    If 98% of the White's were voting for McCain.. The Black would Shout Racial... What is the Blog about??

    October 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Purple Alaska

    That's certainly not a logical conclusion....especially since it was he allowed race-baiting and hate-mongering at many of his rallies...

    But it won't work ~ NOT THIS TIME!

    October 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Barb

    When is Palin going to release her medical records?

    October 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Z. F. Lively

    "99 and forty-four-one-hundredths percent" – really John? In a question about Race, do you really want to invoke the "purity" percentage of "Ivory" soap?

    October 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Jill

    True. I'm voting for "THAT ONE" AND BIDEN.

    October 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. MY FRIENDS - REPUBLI-KLANS JOA$$HN McINSANE/PAIN-LIN ARE SPREADING HATE & BIGOTRY IN AMERICA

    If only 99 and forty-four-one-hundredths percent of Americans are making their decision based on who is best to lead this country at this time; BARACK OBAMA WOULD HAVE HAD THIS ELECTION WRAPPED IN THE BAG.

    VOTE EARLY – VOTE BARACK.

    October 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Georgia for Obama

    McCain/Palin are racist when they call Obama a terrorist and when they only speak to people in area that are majority white american and what about this when McCain did not support MLK birthday as a holiday he went against it and McCain state does not recognize MLK birthday as a national holiday I see the media did not confirm this to everybody in American why he do not honor MLK birthday as a holiday

    October 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. mbg

    Coming from a man that insights racism at his rallies and let his pet spew filth at hers. Sen McCain please explain the 800,000 you gave to the spokesperson of the PLO. Can we now call for Sen McCain to resign his seat in the Senate. I would love to be a fly on the wall when he goes back on the floor he will have the political pull of save the cockroaches.

    October 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    McCain will be happy and jump around for joy if he wins Arizona. The last poll put Obama within 2 to 3 points between him in his home state. I am rooting for a landslide Obama/Biden to fix the mess the repubs put us.

    Let us send a clear message to the repubs this time around.

    October 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Robert

    That's right; we're voting for a 21st century leader, not someone who wants to go back to 1950. But I will give McCain some credit here.

    October 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. George

    "Election on Racism"

    THOSE ARE OBAMA TALKING POINTS.

    October 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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