May 20th, 2008
10:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain to address NAACP convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain will make an appearance at the NAACP convention this summer."] (CNN) - Last year, Rep. Tom Tancredo was the only Republican presidential contender to accept an invitation from the NAACP to appear at its convention. This summer, the party’s presumptive nominee, John McCain, will address members of the civil rights group at its annual meeting.

In an interview with Essence magazine released Tuesday, the Arizona senator said he would "go to places and venues that would allow me to continue a dialogue with the African-American community. I will go to the NAACP convention."

Last month, McCain spent a week touring the country in an effort to reach out to voters who have not traditionally backed the GOP in large numbers, including a stop in Selma, Alabama – a pivotal location in the civil rights movement.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. God Bless America

    Good, this way the people of the NAACP will have even more reasons NOT to vote for you!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  2. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    John –

    This is a good move on your part. Just make sure you stay with it.

    Bush has been ducking this crowd for awhile noe.

    May 21, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. Fabrizio

    The things you will do when you are running for president!!!
    Here's a guy who voted against Martin Luther King holiday during Bush I's term... and what does he do when running for president??? Speak to the NAACP....

    Obama 2008

    May 21, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  4. Proud American

    This should be good. He'll have an opportunity to explain why he didnt want to acknowledge Martin Luther Kings birthday as an official holiday in the state of Arizona.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  5. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Good for him (and the Reps).
    And even the NAACP.

    May 21, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  6. Smart Thinker

    This ought to be good. He is going to play the ol' – "I made a mistake for not voting for a MLK day" routine. But I hear you now. McCain would of called MLK an appeaser and a cut and run person if he were alive today. I wouldn't believe him.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  7. Tracey

    The same man who voted against the MLK holiday?

    May 21, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  8. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA


    May 21, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  9. goawaymongers

    Now THAT outta be good!
    His vow to fight a respectful and positive ampaign was died and buried before the conventions!
    He is no match for the good people of the NAACP!

    May 21, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. Nia

    This should be intresting

    May 21, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  11. Rave

    Go ahead and tell them that you are supporting Barack Obama.
    Obama / Al Gore 2008

    May 21, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  12. Venus

    No blacks should vote for Mc Cain!!!

    Go Obama!

    May 21, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  13. Keta

    I thinks there's enough Caucasians that he needs to address. Will McCain be seeking the African Americans to support him if Obama was fully Caucasian? This is the same thing that Hillary does.

    May 21, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  14. Eric in MN

    And what exactly does McCain have to offer to black voters? A summer gas tax holiday?

    May 21, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  15. LLC

    Good for you. This is a free Country and anyone says otherwise must be an Obama suppoter.

    May 21, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  16. Von Bismark VIENNA

    THIS GUY IS SO DARING. LET HIM GO . The ghost of Martin Luther King jr is waiting for him.

    May 21, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  17. Jose

    Obama-Webb, please vote. Beyond imposters. Drop the negativity, squash and smash that, no matter the color of the face.

    May 21, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  18. NoHillaryOnVpTicket

    WOW..... Your really great.... going to the NAACP and all! We show is Happy? Get with it man....Black folks have been voting for Whites for as long as we have been ALLOWED to. It is really an insult and shows a desperate attempt to get some votes from the ones who have been overlooked for soooooooooooooooooooooooooo long. Be sincere... are you? Well you actually could be. And afterall, if Hillary steals the election, folks at the NAACP will probably be voting for please do go and tell your message.

    May 21, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  19. Don

    Wow ! ! ! Talk about reverse discrimination with some of these comments.

    Nothing like sticking to the issues . . . the economy (and how that affects the races), foreign policy (and how that affects the races), health care (and how that affects the races), the global war on terrorism (and how that affects the races), global warming (and how that affects the races) . . . Sorry Rodney - apparently we all can't just get along.

    May 21, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
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