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.


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  1. dave

    McCain's dirty campaign has taken my breath away. It is truly a campaign focused on divisiveness. Sadly, I don't think it's his personal feelings. For me, that makes him more dangerous than a person who declares his campaign reflects his personal values. He and Palin leave a bad taste in my mouth and if he wins, it will be more divided America.

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. BARACKING THE VOTE IN NEW ORLEANS

    BREAKING NEWS: MCCAIN SUPPORTS OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    "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."
    -JOHN MCCAIN

    I'M GLAD TO SEE MCCAIN IS FINALLY ENDORSING BARACK OBAMA...LOL...

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Oakbrook,IL

    I cant stand palin's face or voice. She's so annoying!

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Send McNasty Back to Arizona and the Diva Back to Alaska

    McCain followed up by stating that smearing Obama as a Muslim, though, was fair game.

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

    Joe the Fake and Sarah the Flake!!

    Is this what has become of the GOP of General Eisenhower??? Ask his grand-daughter. She is openly supporting and backing Obama!!

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Lucy

    That is an interesting opinion, McCain. You are right, Americans are not stupid and could not be fooled again by the GOP. You know, after reading this, I might begin to respect you again, as much as I used to, but I am very afraid that you still have a few rabbits to pull out of a dirty GOP hat.

    October 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. GT

    Coming from the outside of your country (Canada), we have health care that the government pays for...oh sure it's not perfect but better than yours (oh wait you have none), where race and religion is not an issue...Is Canada a socialist country? We just had an election and...because we are not sure of Harper, we handed him another minority government. ENOUGH of your negative and linking "that one" to every person who does not agree with you...and attacks coming from the person who abused her power in Alaska...it's just annoying..

    October 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Kenneth

    "I admit racism exists ..." Since we ALL acknowledge that fact are we to believe that only 56 one hundredths of society is racist? Because a racist certainly would not make a decision for a leader based on the facts when one of the choices is not of his like. The only reason that the polls are so close ... as Rush Limbaugh would put it "Is because he's BLACK". Which is another sad result of the "drop of blood" theory (Anyone who has a drop of "black or African" blood is considered African American). That ideology is insulting to anyone of mixed heritage and to think that in 2008 we still "hold these truths to be self evident". Look in the mirror "white" America ... can you honestly say that your heritage is not combined with another? When was the last time you traced your heritage? You would probably be surprised at how many so-called whites are actually non-whites. "Judge lest ye be judged"

    October 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. An independent

    If they in fact vote for the right reasons, McCain loses. he better hope they don't whcih is why he has chosen PA for a game changer. It would have been most helpful to him if he only had a message and some principles.

    October 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. ONLY 6 MORE DAYS IN WHICH WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO MOOSE FLATULENCE FROM THE NEWLY CROWNED 2008 MISS MOOSE ANAL SPHINCTER!

    Now the dodderin' old fool is getting his stats from 20 year old Ivory soap commercials??

    October 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Chi4Obama

    Hey McCain,
    Shame on you for not even making an effort to garner any of the African American voter base during your campaign.
    You could have at least "tried" to pander to our voter block by campaigning in at least a couple of Afr. American cities..

    We are open-minded people, and don't all think alike...

    In fact, can you name one thing that you have ever done that has been in the interest of black voters in this country thrroughout your career?

    No wonder 90+% of African Americans are voting for Obama. Not because he is black. But more-so because he cares.

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thanks to McCain and Palin's attempt to divide Americans helped us look at the real issues, the economy. Money is green and jobs create money to pay our house mortgages, save for our childrens education, put gas in our autos, and enjoy some of the better things in life which this Republican administration has taken away. Race is not the issue, it's the economy.

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Naomi

    JOHN MCCAIN IS THE LEFT OVER PERCENTAGE THAT IS RACIST. HE IS DOING EVERYTHING WRONG TO WIN THIS CAMPAIGN. PALIN WAS A BAD CHOICE. THE BOTH OF THEM HAVE STIRRED UP RACISM, HATRED AND ANGER AMONG AMERICANS. THEY DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY OR ANY OF THE MAIN ISSUES. THEY HAVE SUNKEN TO THE LOWEST LOW. OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A.

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Meka

    John McCain denies, his family had Slaves in Mississippi. McCain's brother attends Family Reunion's (hosted by the Black side of the McCain Family in Mississippi), John McCain does not!

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Its disturbing that the far-right people commenting on these blogs continue to spew the failed, lies-hate-fear-and-division that has LOST their party this election.

    Hey, Republicans, America rejects your vile politics!

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Betty777

    It is sad to say, but Palin has contributed a lot to that particular – that is is primary so-called base. McCain has followed with silence, which means silence is acceptance.

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. S. Holt

    I agree, race will not be a major factor in this election. I believe the factor is AGE. McCain had aged 10 years in 2. Then you think Palin may be the one to answer that 3 A.M. phone call, and Wow, oh no. What would she say or do? Anything intelligent? She hasn't said or done anything on the campaign trail, except read a teleprompter very well during the convention. I have complete faith and trust in Obama/Biden 2008.

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Chi4Obama

    Hey McCain,
    Shame on you for not even making an effort to garner any of the African American voter base during your campaign.
    You could have at least "tried" to pander to our voter block by campaigning in at least a couple of Afr. American cities..

    We are open-minded people, and don't all think alike…

    In fact, can you name one thing that you have ever done that has been in the interest of black voters in this country throughout your career?

    No wonder 90+% of African Americans are voting for Obama. Not because he is black. But more-so because he cares.

    October 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    McCain will go down in history win or lose as the candidate who did nothing but RACE BAIT. You don't call someone a terrorist, ask the question "Who's the real Barack Obama", not denounce "kill-him" etc NOT be a race baiter. McCain should be ashamed of himself. The worst part......he's not.

    White Woman in NC
    Already voted for Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    This white, 64 year old republican women from Arizona is voting Obama/Biden and has been donatting to Obama for America for the past year in $10 donations when I get paid!!!
    God Bless Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Lauren independent voter California

    mccain is a race-bater, he is the only one who has racist undertones about his opponent in his campaign.

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Michael

    McCain denies that racism will play a role when he and Palin have run a subliminal racist campaign is so stupid. He has sold his soul to the devil.

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Uncle Fester

    Independent but Leaning October 29th, 2008 5:06 pm ET

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

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Ben in San Diego

    John... there's not a shred of anything I would believe coming from you anymore...

    Wolf! Wolf!! Wolf!!!

    You are destined to live a lonely, spite-filled old age...

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Disgruntled Republican for Obama

    . . .The person that screwed this country up is white and ugly like me.

    October 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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