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
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  1. karin

    WHY WHY WHY..... is it that when white people vote for a white person it isn't racist?

    October 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. HouseDiva

    if Obama was fully white; black people would still vote for him..

    african americans voted for bill clinton didn't they???

    so all you morons in here who say that blacks only vote for obama because he's half black; need to shut up because YOU are the REAL racist, and you don't have a brain to know that the majority of blacks vote for the democratic candidate regardless of color.

    it's typical of your kind to discredit any black success.

    October 29, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. JB

    No thanks to you and your sidekick Palin – she has been stoking the fires of bigotry and hatred – Just look at videos of folks leaving palin rallies, the comments coming from their mouths are disgusting. palin is fanning those flames. Shame on both mccain and palin.

    Lets hope that nov 5 the beauty contestant will go back to alaska and stay there. good riddance.

    October 29, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Mari

    I believe race is a factor-why else would this election be so close? It is a shame, but true. It is about time that America gets over racism. Obama is the one to bring us closer together.

    Hillbilly for Obama!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. whitewomen4Obama

    McCain/Palin are both racist......end of story. Anyone voting for Mcpalin needs to check the facts. Check out what anchorage daily news had to say about their governor. Was not good for her!! Internet has a wealth of info about the women that people need to know, as the anchorage daily put so bluntly " she is only a 72 yr old heart beat away from the presidents position. Wake up people use your sources. Know the facts about the most anti American Alaskan running for VP. I watched a video of the group discussing palin as a member and her leaving for them to put the republican name on her so they could do their workings to separate Alaska from the united states. Now tell me that is a true American.............
    GET OUT AND VOTE SO WE CAN SEE SOME REAL CHANGE

    GO OBAMA

    October 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Chad Brown

    Of course racism is playing a key part in this election. I early voted and I have never seen so many African Americans at the polls much less voting early, which leads me to believe the only reason they are voting is to get an unqualified African American into the most important position in the world. Obama is not ready to be POTUS and it has nothing to do with him being black. It has all to do with his foreign policy and not being able to be commander and chief because at the end of the day the economy doesn't matter if were not protected. Be smart, McCain is not Bush, that is a dumb comparison, McCain is the man for the job because we are at war and Biden has already hinted at some impending doom. I say let's be smart, vote republican, and save ourselves from four years of misery.

    October 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Brown girl in GA

    Not so McCain, just not so, At least 1/3 of my neighborhood right here in Paulding county, GA is racist. They love that confederate flag down here more than the American flag and they don't like to be around black folks.

    October 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    I heard a frightening story on NPR about this. They were following campaign workers in Pennsylvania. If Obama loses Pennsylvania it sounds like it will be because of racism. And not just from older people, there were comments from some college students that really made my heart sink. I thought the next generation would know bettter. Scary but true, how can this still be happening in the year 2008!?

    October 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Independent voice

    .... and he is lying again!

    is racism not the sub-text of Palin's stump speech?

    It hard to deny that the selection of Palin was not based in part on race. How could McCain nominate a VP with just one interview? WF Hillary voters were the primary reason for Palin to be on the ticket.

    Unfortunately for McCain, Obama did not take his bait and has smiled out of race debate. Mr. McCain has conducted a campaign unworthy of a straight-shooting American Vet.

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Simon

    Wake up McCain. Some people will be voting against Obama because he is black. Some people will be voting for Obama because he is black. Others will vote for him just to see history made. Race Is A HUGE FACTOR.

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Knucklehead

    It's a shame what McCain has done to himself in his quest for power. If he had run a campaign like he did in 2000 he'd be in much better shape. Instead he took up Bush tactics which people are beginning to see through. We must vote for competence, not "values." When one hires an electrician, say, do you ask what his values are, or whether he KNOWS HIS JOB???

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. HouseDiva

    the worst kind of racist is one who doesn't even know that he or she racist.

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. JP

    You know at one point I used tothink John McCain was an honorable man, now it seems he believes he deserves to be president at any cost.

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. david

    How can he deny that racism will play a part in the election when his own party, and his own running mate, race bait to try and win?!?

    The Republicans are nearly all white – almost zero diversity amongst their rank and file – and he says that racism won't play a part. Of course – there's only racism if it's against whites......in ignorant fantasy land!

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. RS

    If Blacks supporting Obama is considered racist, what is it called for whites supporting McCain? Silly people, grow up!

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    McCain is BETTING on racism to get him to the Whitehouse.... but, it will NOT work..... NOT THIS TIME..... we are "smarter" this year McCain... you can't DIVIDE AND DESTROY us anymore....I have already VOTED FOR OBAMA.

    October 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Yuk

    If there is a race factor, its the African Americans that voting along race lines. Get off your high horse Obama supporters – WE ALL know that you are voting along racial lines. So stop finger pointing. Please, Oprah showed her "true colors" when she endorsed you and so did Colin Powell.

    October 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Now McCain is saying that Obama is "so far to the Left".....whatever that is supposed to mean. Hey McCainites.....RIGHT-WING refers to Conservatives, Republican, and Nationalists (sic Nazi in Germany), which means "SUPPORTING RICH, CAPTITALIST, BIG BUSINESS INTEREST AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THE POOR OR ORDINARY PEOPLE." Left-Wing refers to the liberals or Democrats, and means "INFLUENCED BY SOCIALIST IDEAS" OR "PROMOTING PUBLIC WELFARE OR THE WELL-BEING OF THE ORDINARY PEOPLE." Hence, our country already engages in the REDISTRIBUTION of wealth through the use of a proportional income tax, not to mention all the local and state taxes we pay for all the public services such as police, fire, public schools and libraries, etc.

    October 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Allan

    You're right, John Sidney III. We will elect the best candidate for the job.

    Barack Obama.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Liz F

    Obama is not black – he is BIRACIAL.
    Get the facts straight, everyone.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. WILLIE EL

    Call off the dogs John McCain the party is over.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Paul Wall

    TO: The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square:
    keep you race hate diatribe on KKK.com or wherever it's appropriate. your racism is offensive.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. mom for Obama

    99 and 44 hundredths percent? That's how "pure" Ivory soap is according to their ads. Hmmm, a "pure" white soap....interesting number to say when talking about racism. Nothing about McCain's campaign has been pure except for the accusations which are all pure hogwash and outright lies.

    39 year old white woman, mom of 2, full time job, advanced college degree...did my homework on this election and that's why my vote went to Obama.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Justin Caldwell, Houston Tx

    hey 'Independent but Leaning', in case you didn't know. african americans also voted 94% for Bill CLinton. We also voted the same way for John Kerry. last i remember, Bill and John are white. so for you to say "african americans are voting 90% for obama" only shows how quickly you are to judge. we always happen to agree with one another when it comes to selecting a world leader. we are truly sorry. 'Unity' seems to get the best of us.

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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