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. Alex

    "You know Larry, my friend, we've tried and tried, but it doesn't seem our racist base has the numbers to swing things our way."

    October 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Hillary Supporter

    Palin carries herself and speaks in a VERY VULGAR FASHION she has a VERY ANNOYING VOICE. According to Mc Cain's Advisor , she is a WHACK JOB.

    October 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Jasmine in Germany

    99 44/100% ? Boy, is he naive.

    October 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Shelly Weisberg

    If the Republican party spent $150000 on clothes for Sarah, I think the least they can do is buy a new suit for Joe the Plummer.

    October 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Independent but Leaning

    "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!!!"

    McCain appealed to ALL Americans. How open were African-Americns to voting for him? Have you heard the Howard Stern segment where he asks African-Americans how they feel about Obama's policies–then he lists all of McCain's policies? They supported the policies across the board when they thought they were Obama's policies.

    Well over 90% od African-Americans are voting for Obama- No other segment of the population is voting is such a transparent fashion.

    October 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Small Town Librarian

    McCain's entire campaign of late has been based on racism and attempting to create fear of Obama. The old man has no integrity, and probably never did have any.

    October 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. MLH

    I hope that Senator McCain is correct, although I have been shocked and saddened not only by how virulent racism still is in this country, but by how acceptable some people still consider it to be.

    Vote early, people!

    October 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Tom, KS

    Racism is all that McCain has left to hope for. The Repugs are complete frauds!

    October 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Voter

    90% Bush
    10% Palin (I mean "Maverick")

    Not sure if it's any better the other way around...

    October 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Independent but Leaning

    McCain will be our next President. "Mark. My. Words."

    October 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Rob indetroit

    tom delay is scum plain and simple.

    October 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. OBAMA KNOWS WHERE JIMMY HOFFA IS!

    HAHAHAHA! John McCain is a joke! If race isn't going to determine this election, then please stop race baiting John. Stop having your volunteers pretend they were beat up by big black men. And stop putting a map of the Middle East behind Obama's picture in all your new ad's. Stop trying to find a darker radical professor to tie Obama to.

    October 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Michael watching from Canada

    Its all about who is best.

    80% of those of us outside the US see Obama as the best choice.

    It still continues to amaze me that many voters actually believe McCain's lies, smears and outright mischaracterization of Obama.

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when McCain's tax policies also redistribute wealth!!

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when it was Bush who spearheaded distribution of rebate cheques this past Spring?

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when it was Bush's administration who initiated the bailout of AIG, the bailout of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of other banks and the $700B bailout for Wall Street??

    And how can Palin suggest that Obama is a socialist when she taxed the oil companies and gave over $3,000 dollars to each person in Alaska?

    October 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    Although he is hoping it does

    October 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. obama central (a.k.a. sheep herding)

    Argghhh! It is so difficult to read what the obama supporters say.
    If the republicans win, they stole the election, if the democrats win, the people have taken back the government. How closed minded can you get. Oh, I forgot, you're Obama supporters. Guess that answers that question.

    October 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Rico

    Why are the Obamites so afraid of the video currently been held by the L.A. Times.
    If there is nothing to it let it be released so everyone can get on with the process of voting for POTUS.
    Uncommitted

    October 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. KG, Twin Cities

    He is right. No racism on my part. The fact that McCain is white has nothing to do with my voting Obama.

    October 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Pam

    "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's right. That's why he isn't going to win.

    October 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. WhoCares?

    If Barack was White....This thing wouldn't even be close.

    C'Mon..we all know that.

    October 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Amy

    Of course he's going to say that. Otherwise, if he wins it would make him president by default.

    October 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. thomas

    SUPPORT CORPORATISM IN AMERICA! Fight against freedom, fight against democracy, fight against humanity, McCainiacs. Fight. Fight! FIGHT!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Independent but Leaning

    McCain will be our next President. "Mark. My. Words."

    October 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Sooner Or Later

    What a bunch of sheeple! Can't wait to be told what to think and how to behave, can you? I cannot ignore the man behind the curtain of Wright.

    October 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. T. Rothchild, N.C.

    Well, since Barack is both white AND black, those too ignorant to vote for the black half, can vote for the white half.

    (See how stupid prejudice sounds?)

    Obama / Biden 08.

    October 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Debbie in Missouri

    McCain and Palin have tried at every opportunity to bring race into this election.

    "That One" was racist.
    Palling around with terriorists was racist.
    "He is not like us" was racist.
    "The Pro-American parts of the country" was racist.

    This 41 year old white woman is going to vote for the smart one.

    Obama.

    October 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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