October 29th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
5 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. Enitan

    I don't believe anything that comes out John McCain's mouth. He has lost all the respect majority have for him.

    He is now a sore looser.

    We thee people's voices will be heard loud and clear this time around.

    October 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Robert in raleigh

    with terms being used like elitist, marxist,antichrist, muslim,and socialist .it is racist to the core ,because that is CODE

    October 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. hurriCAIN PALIN

    just dont vote for the inexperienced empty suit socialist and nobama aint the qualified one, the brainwashed followers have to know this, voting for him is just showing idiocy

    October 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    McCain ... give it up. Your pick of that awful woman who is not only clueless but also divisive sealed the deal for you. You are done.

    October 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    Mccain Denies racism just like Palin is denying that she is unqualifies for the VP Position.

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Charlie Bradley

    Finally something I can agree with McBush on. Race will not determine the outcome of this election. of the ten states with the lowest African American population, Obama still leads you in 6 of them :)

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Danielle, TX

    How delusional!! Polls show that 20% of Americans admit they won't vote for Obama based on race. Let's see: 100%-20%=80%

    Not only is he not good in economics, he's not good in math either.

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Jessica

    McCain is either very naive or a liar

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    SEn McCain said "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,". I guest that same total wil vote for Sen Obama/Biden. Go Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Darryl- Montebello

    Wake up, and smell the coffee. Let's try about 30%

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. countdown

    I dont understand why the democrats are so upset with Elizabeth Doles remark. After all most democrats pride themselves on being liberal and open minded. Most of them believe in Darwinism and look down their nose at anyone who believes in God as being stupid.
    I wish you dems would stop being such hypocites. Remember if the shoe fits wear it.

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Rob indetroit

    all you have done is play the race card.

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    We need a "steady hand"!

    Obama 08!

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Texas Straight Talker

    Racism is ignited at each McCain/Palin "rally" and McCain KNOWS this! You would think McCain had more honor than this. He is running such a shameful campaign!

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Ed from California

    Oh we believe you Johnny Boy! That's why you and that idiot from Alaska have been using every race baiting tactic short of the use of the "n" word. You're betting on racism and I think you're going to lose!

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. truth hurts

    what does mccain know, he is the one that's been spreading devision across america, him and his moose hunter.

    October 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Alisa--GA

    Sen. McCain doesn't mean what he says. If that was the case, he would stop with the racial overtures that are being made. He would correct the people that are calling Sen. Obama racial slurs and condemn the potential plot that was against him. He hasn't done that.

    I don't want a president who thinks that is ok. It is awful how disrespectful they have become. I am not a fan of Gov. Palin. She is not smart enough to be president or vice president but her own party threw her to the dogs. How disrespectful can you be?

    Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Barb

    I hope someone plays back this quotation to McCain after Obama wins. He will need to be reminded that the best person won and that was what he called for

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Gina in Racine Wi

    How can you deny racism when your campaign has played the race card? Don't get it twisted....McCain is counting on racism in the General Election.....but it isn't going to happen.

    This Election is about HOPE and CHANGE.....not race.

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. mjc

    McCain's Legacy will be his part in creating a division in our Country by his divisive and dispicable smear tactics used in his campaign, and inciting racism, hatred, and bigotry which we as Americans had worked so hard to overcome all of these years.

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. paulie_nj

    Of course race will play a role but in Obama's favor, not McCain's. Just look at the percentage of blacks voting for Obama; statistically, the numbers just don't work. An overwhelming majority of blacks are voting for Obama and that's just a fact. But ask them about his policies and I'll bet a large majority have no clue about his policies.

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. ZANE

    The important thing, John, is that you tried to play the race card and it didn't work. So why have you and you sidekick, Palin, tried every other name calling card? Morons.

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    Wow for the first time during this campaign, McCain has finally admitted what many already knew......America still has pockets of Racism.

    Now that McCain has admitted this, maybe folks can get off of Murtha's remarks. I don't believe that there are so many blind folks living in this country. Blind or in denial.

    October 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Republican plan to vote for their candidate. The real question is whether or not racism within the Democrat party will have any effect on Obama's chances.

    October 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Dee, Scranton

    The Bradley Effect is in full force here in Pennsylvania . . . . Against John
    McCain! People are saying that their voting for McCain to keep up small
    town appearances, but word on the street is they are really voting for
    Barack!

    Dems unite 08.

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