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. Torey - 18 year old college student

    Ha, inexperienced.

    October 29, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    We needed 8 points in the polls to be safe and now we have them. Momentum will take us to a landslide. I have never seen this level of enthusiasm for a presidential candidate in my lifetime and I am 57. On Tuesday night we will start talking about returning the United States to a place of honor in the world and bringing tolerance, justice and prosperity to our great country. If Obama is a great a leader as I think he is, we will be talking about changing the term limit laws in 6 years...

    October 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. A Woman In California For Obama

    He knows better than anyone race exists and he is counting on that factor to win. However, there are many intelligent people in the US and they won't fall into the "ignorant" category this time. There are also many who are NOT basing their vote on Obama's color and they should not. McCain is NOT able to understand or comprehend the fact he is too old, not smart enough and has a problem relating to ALL races and people in general. As a matter of fact-he doesn't work well with anyone. This morning he was blasting Castro-stirring up more anomisity. America is sick of this and he doesn't get it. Not to mention Palin is not VP material. Did anyone hear McCain this morning when he said "I am going to place the government on a budget-just like YOU are on a budget? He failed to mention himself because of course-he doesn't know what a budget is living with his rich wife. Yes McCain we are on a budget and we are sick of it! We are sacrificing just so you can help kill innocent people with your surge. Please vote for Obama. The best choice for right now.

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

    I hope the American people use their best judgement and give this grumpy old man his due...a nice retirement!!

    October 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Looking Out For #1

    To all the African Americans who believe that Obama will look out for their best interests , you are sadly mistaken.

    Oh, and to the Latino voter, you will simply be placed on the back burner to simmer, while Obama caters to his own "Unknown Agenda."

    Obama is simply an "Uncle Tom" who uses the Clintons and any other white established individuals to get him elected.

    (Let's see if this gets posted, not if moderated by an Obama supporter)

    October 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Wait a minute. What about "That One" and "Joe (yo) Mama comments.

    McCain has run a very racist campaign. From the looks of those rallies, I don't see any people of other nationalities attending.

    October 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Ca. Hillary delegate

    I was a Huge hillary supporter and delegate. I worked on her campaign for almost a year. when I hear other Hillary supporters who say they will support Mccain(not many of them) I have to think , they sure didnt listen to her, or have the same beliefs,values. As no one who listened to her would ever support Mccain and really would NOT support PALIN. Those who do , are the ones who are the racists. I dont think there are many of them though . Make sure you support and go out and vote for OBAMA. I a strong HILLARY supporter will VOTE for OBAMA with PRIDE

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

    The only reason Obama hasn't been running away with this election, is because he's black.

    Obama has had to be 10x's better, smarter, savvier, to be ahead in the polls. Even now, his supporters are just not sure... because of something called a Bradley factor. That factor is supposedly... 6%.

    October 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. redhead from toronto

    To Independant but Leaning – Someone needs to tell you, I think you're leaning alright, but leaning BACKWARDS. How much do they pay you?

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Swiftboat my a$$

    Well, finally some straight talk from McFailing. Nice to see all his honor has not vanished.
    But still... No Way , No How, No McCain.

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Obama is smart

    What color is Obama? I thought his mother was white?

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Sammy

    McCain might be right. But there is active hatred and there is prejudice. Both are bad but not the same thing. That said, the effect of both depends on where these people are and many there are in a particular population center. In one state it might be .025 percent of the population. But in another maybe its 2%. That 2% is more than enough to alter a close election.

    One example between the two: a racist would proudly bring a monkey doll with Obama on its forehead to a rally and the other would not.

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Bob, Minneapolis

    Look, the only two things that Americans have to remember when they
    step behind the curtain are:

    1) The republicans and Bush , McCain messed this country up without caring what color I was or what I looked like. Incompetence knows no
    color.

    2) The qualifications for Vice President are the same as the qualifications for President. Sarah Palin is not qualified for either
    Position.

    This white Republican will be voting for "that one", whos name just
    happens to be Barack Hussein Obama.

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Knucklehead

    If the Republicans decide Palin is the new face of the Republican party, they will go the way of the Whigs. She is a beauty-queen Bush: dense, superficially Christian, stubborn not steadfast, and can't pronounce "nuclear." The American people have seen through this farce.....I hope.

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. nelson

    Mccains says that he has the scars to prove he's been tested,,hmm lets see, on board the USS Forrestal on a routine training maneuver
    johnny "wet start" does his thing.. wet started his plane(wet start=
    flooding engine with fuel.. then ignition+ shoot long flame behind
    scaring pilot in plane behind) it shot a flame ..igniting a zumi rocket
    in plane behind..zumi hits mc cain's plane , ruptures fuel tanks..mc cain panics, drops bombs on deck, gets out runs like hell for cover,
    bombs explode after fire get to them, 133 brave souls lose their lives
    trying to extinguish fire(s)..mc cain gets immediate transfer from harms way..Daddy, an Admiral gets into act and does "damage control" for johnny..lots of ex shipmates in Carolina's would love to.....

    October 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Niky

    Obama is bi-racial... why see him as an African American when he is as much white as he is black?!

    First bi-racial president of America – Barack Obama!

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. kendall

    Like a typical Politician he LIES, He really hopes racism will determine this election

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. ML

    If he doesn't believe it will be a factor, then why does he keep stirring it up? He just hopes it will work to his advantage. It won't.

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Bill,ca

    Montana, Norht Dakota, Indiana, Georgia and Arizona will be leaning blue shortly – keep it up MCCain with your negative attacks.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. WILLIE EL

    CALL OFF THE DOGS JOHN MCCAIN, THE PARTY IS OVER!

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Jim L.

    I choose to watch the Cartoon Network tonight instead of McLiar. Maybe I'll switch back and forth between the toons and Larry (Softball Questions) King, since I won't be able to tell the difference anyway. Six more days until That One wraps it up!

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Kim

    So why are he and Palin working so hard to create doubt, divisiveness, and to scare people? Because it's easier than saying "look, you should be afraid of him because of his race". They–and Liddy Dole, talk about an unconsionable ad!!– were taught at the feet of Karl Rove and the swiftboaters. And let's not forget that so many idiots still believe the emails about Obama being Muslim despite all the factual information to the contrary. And look at McCain's newest ad-that's not even Obama's face and I can't believe the Obama campaign isn't demanding it be retracted. Americans, hopefully, will not be swayed by the politics of fear!! This proud Army mom is proudly voting for Obama and Biden next week. GO O, AND JOE!!

    October 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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    October 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Jeanine G

    McCain is being disingenuous by claiming racism won't be playing apart in how many voters will vote for him.

    When chief arguments that have been played upon by the GOP include one GOP politician's view that Obama is "uppity", or by framing ads that heighten the "anti-christ" email smear, and fake food stamps featuring watermelon & fried chicken while the Republican woman who made the item in question swears she didn't know those items carry racial stereotypes. Please McCain...if you get more votes then expected, don't fool yourself....a great many of them will be because of racism and not because you are a great leader.

    October 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Paul Wall

    I wish Senator McCain were correct that over 99% will be voting on issues, not race. I think many people will not vote for Barack simply because of his race. But those people would not vote for him anyway since they are most likely Republicans. Nevertheless this makes Senator Obama's potential achivement all the more amazing. Please do not take this election or your vote for granted. Obama can win but we all need to vote! Be part of history and make your vote historic!!
    Peace.
    Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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