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. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Yes McCain..as long as you are alive, there is racism.

    October 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Betty, Virginia

    John... nothing you say will ring true with me after allowing your campaign call Obama a terriorist, un-american, socialist, marxist etc. all of which you KNOW is not true. But it doesn't matter, everyone sees your desperate grab for power for what it is. I can only hope that when all is said and done on November 5th you have found it all worthwhile. I for one will be happy for President Obama and sad for someone I once held in high regard, someone who sold his soul and dignity and still lost a race.

    October 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. republicans

    there is a poll out today in kentucky

    mcbush is up by 3 points!!!!!!!!

    hurry election hurry

    let get theses bimbos out of office!!!!!!!!!!!!

    obama biden 08

    October 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. mb

    So papaw mccain will not apologize to the American people for him and palin stoking racism. He is just old and live in a fantasy.

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

    Hmmm.. considering that seems to be the only kind of people he can mobilize at his rallies, as he incites racial and terrorist links in every negative attack he espouses...
    Mccain used to be a leader... not anymore.
    I do not understand why he has run his whole campaign on the defense? Why didn't he simply show everyone that he is a leader?? Maybe he is a wolf in sheep's clothing afterall.

    October 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. payback

    I'am more concerned about, the republicans stealing this election.....mccain/palin, has to pay the devil it's due.......Namely, rove, bush, and big business....The "cast of characters" will still be there....they won't clean up Washington. Because they have sold their souls..........................

    October 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE A STRAIGHT DEM TICKET!

    Finally, you tell the truth, you should know about racism, you and missy the cheerleader, have been the leader of the largest KKK rallies in modern history.

    That of course, after leading the Republican Nazi Convention.

    October 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. ch

    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.
    -----------------------------

    The proof will be if Obama receives less white votes than Gore or Kerry did in 2000/2004 in a particular state.

    Meantime, it'd be nice to do away with all the sexism that Obama supporters and the media flung at Hillary during the primaries.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. values

    Mr McDumb please go away.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. alpha_nu_916

    if sen. mccain's statement regarding race is true, i got a bridge in alaska that i want to sell him . . .

    as far as his campaign tactics, they're downright repulsive.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Vote for the white half!

    Look. If this election weren't about race, Obama would be up by 20 points. John McCain has offered not one example of how he will differ from Bush on the economy. The same economy that is in the toilet right now. And despite all this evidence that McCain is going to continue Bush's policies, some people still can't bring themselves to vote for a highly educated and qualified black man. After this is all done, and people take a look at how McCain ran his campaign, and when we see all the videos of his and Palin's rallies, and we see the ad's and fliers and pamphlets that were shown and distributed in small towns, and we go back and hear the nasty robocalls, and when we look back and remember Ashley Todd, Joe the Plumber, Sarah the gimmick, and when we look at how Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh conducted their shows during this election cycle in order to get McCain elected. (Remember Rush saying "IT'S ABOUT RACE!!!"), after we look back at all this, we will see that the McCain's campaign was run very much like campaigns were run in the deep south during the civil rights movement.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. the other jd

    um,,,Independent but Raving...
    Only.If.McCain.Steals,It

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. McCain Supporter!

    I support John McCain and will indeed vote for him; I believe Cindy will be a GREAT First Lady.

    I can't wait until Senator McCain makes it to the White House, he will be a GREAT President.

    Oh, plus then I can remove my John McCain lawn sign and replace it with my lawn jockey.

    Go McCain!!!!!

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

    He's has used what Charles Barley called "code words" all through this campaign. His physical aversion to Obama in the debates was very marked. What ,besides innuendos, slurs and defamatory suggestions has he got?Too bad he has offered no solutions for the American people who need them. He is no longer a statesman.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Ryan

    McCain is completely in denial.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Tyler

    I considered McCain until Palin came into play. Good grief, what the heck was McCain thinking? He wasn't.

    October 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Daryl in Seattle

    Uh.....let's try about 45% racist shall we?

    October 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Nancy - Iowa

    I'm sure racism will play some part, unfortunately. However, I'm more concerned about another stolen election, considering all the Repub's dirty tricks in the last two! If McCain "wins," even after all the endorsements Obama has from Republicans (and all polls indicating Obama is ahead), the voters won't stand for it this time! Our country simply cannot take four more years of Bush's policies, which is exactly what we would get with McCain/Palin. Please VOTE everyone!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Sharon, Minnesota

    McCain is right, there's not enough racists to give him Pennsylvania anymore. Not even in Western Pennsylvania. Such a shame though, there's just no other way for him to win.

    October 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. bridgette

    I never understand why people are shocked because racisism is still in this country or to find out that racisim is still in this country. Take a look at your life . Look around your neighborhood, church, job, and friends and if they all look like you it does not mean you are a racisist, but, there is a reason for that. So stop being shocked that racisim exist and just talk about it.

    October 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Oliver

    MCCain pray and hope everyday that racism puts him in the white house. Its not going to happen, no way no how no MCSAME!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Sue

    Hmmm.. considering that the only kind of people he can mobilize at his rallies are people who spout out "kill him" or "terrorist", as he incites racial and terrorist links in every negative attack he espouses…
    Mccain used to be a leader… not anymore.
    I do not understand why he has run his whole campaign on the defense? Why didn't he simply show everyone that he is a leader?? Maybe he is a sheep in wolf's clothing afterall.

    October 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Informed Voter in FL

    All the Repugs have done is play the race card

    Mac campaign is erratic as he is ... can't even hold a consistent message for a day .. everyday is something new ........

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Dawn

    Race may not come into voting,but fear...The rhetoric that they are saying, the BS they are saying... "Welcome Back Joe McCarthy." The Republicans are so full of you know what...

    Listening to people on the news and hearing how Obama is a radical, a Socialist, a Communist, a Maxist. I think that after 8 years of Bush/Chaney many Americans are a bit leary of the Government.

    Real America, Un-America I am a Pennylvanian, I don't buy into their BS, Like I said let's shake the Republican tree and see what falls out.

    Vote

    Obama/Biden08/12

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. MARY

    Yea, it may be racism but don't forget Obama is half white. He is biracial. You are actually putting down your own race if you say you won't vote for him because he is black.

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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