July 31st, 2008
04:19 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain says 'race card' charges are fair

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/31/art.mccainint.cnn.jpg caption="McCain talked with CNN's John King Thursday."](CNN) - John McCain told CNN Thursday it is fair for his campaign manager to claim Barack Obama is playing 'the race card.'

Watch McCain: Obama's playing the race card

"I'm sorry to say that it is. It's legitimate," McCain told CNN's John King. "And there's no place in this campaign for that. There's no place for it and we shouldn't be doing it."

Earlier Thursday, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis lashed out at the Democratic presidential candidate over his comments that Republicans are making an issue of his race.

"Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong," Davis said in a statement sent to reporters.

An Obama spokesman immediately denied the assertion, but noted that the presumptive Democratic nominee believes that the McCain campaign was “using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues.”

At three stops in the battleground state of Missouri, Obama told audiences that his opponent is trying to make voters “scared” of him because he doesn’t look like past presidents – an apparent reference to being black — and has a “funny name.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (526 Responses)
  1. sylvia

    Obama is pathetic

    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Linda S

    Sen McCain was right to address the issue up front instead of letting it smolder under the surface. It may well have been that Sen Obama did not realize how insulting Sen McCain would find having comments about his (Sen Obama) appearance connected to Sen McCains rather tastless ad. These things have to be addressed!!!

    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Ratgurl

    McCain is a poor, poor, desperate old man. Retirement will do him well.

    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |

    What has OPBAMA GOT TO OFFER ?

    From The Very Beginning of becoming a Senator , he found a sneekie way , so he could run unapposed.

    Then when he worked the with the groupe of Attorney's. NOT ONE TIME did he ever face a Judge on his own merrits.

    And the List goes on , an on.

    I say go ahead an vote him in , an you can kiss this Country good bye. An go back to the Horse an Buggie, For if he lets Iran , continue as is. An they sneak an EMP attack on America. None of the your toys,,will work, for no electric, so now your cars will not run. Your water supply is gone.No cold beer, An more . An you still want to put this Muslim in the white House. How Blind are , so many. So go Kiss his Upper Lip ,

    So he can say, no missile defense system, again, again.

    Now where is the race Card . OBAMA Nothing But a Big Joker, an most toss that Card away. Just as we must do with out him.

    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. AB

    When is Darth Sidious-McCain going to talk about the issues? How to fix them? Proposals? Moving forward?

    Does McCain think he's beyond speaking about the real problems this country is facing? Does he think that it's 'obvious'?


    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Cathy Agu

    tHE audaciousness of the madman McCain

    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. RC

    WOW ! Hw is spinning everything Obama says. Cheap shot John and henchmen. You all are a laughing stock and you dont know it.

    July 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Henry n New York

    McCain offers no new ideas; no new way of campaigning; no sense of honesty; a lack of integrity and all to win an election. No, he won't loose a war to win an election but he will lie, cheat, steal, deceive, misrepresent and condone bigotry.

    He has made statements one day and said he never said them the next only to change his words once seeing the video tape. He has said Obama is responsible for the high price of oil as if he were already president; he was against off shore drilling but now that he thinks the idea could win him votes he's for it and, its Obama's fault for the high price of oil. If Obama has this much clout and he isn't president please put him in office so he can change all things with his presents.

    McCain now says Obama is using the race card. But, McCain in subtle ways has suggested that Mr. and Mrs. Obama are black militants and has his followers trying to instill fear of the Obamas' in any person that will listen to his baseless statements. This is what he offers us as Presidential character?

    July 31, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Sten, CA

    why can't Obama bring up the fact that McCain dumped his previous wife for Cindy after he realized she wouldn't walk again after an accident. I think that would be fair too.

    July 31, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. banderson

    Well, let the silly season begin.

    July 31, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Marty

    Obama did play the race card, he played it against Hillaryy too. Does he even remember that he is half white? He was raised by the white half not the black half so I'd say that makes him more white. Get over yourself Obama.

    July 31, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Martha

    The sad fact is that McCain is grasping for straws. What does he mean when he says Obama is playing the race card? He means, I don't know what else to say. Or, I don't know how to express my policies so that the voters will want to vote for me so I just keep attacking, attacking in any way I can think of.

    This is a candidate for the highest office in the United States of America. My beloved country. I don't care if political campaigns have always done things like attacking the other candidate.

    Enough! The United States of America is in a sorry state. Please, both candidates, tell me how you are going to save my beloved country. What do you propose as solutions?

    July 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Gordon, Houston, TX

    I sure wish I could get a comment out of moderation before comments close on a CNN article. Watch. This one, with absolutely no information will be the only comment they'll release.

    Just in case it is, I just briefly say, "John McCain, grow the hell up!"

    July 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. People make no sense

    Republicans are great at being divisive. Their plan is too turn everything onto Obama and then hit him with the kitchen sink once everyone is immune to their racist messages. How many times have they said something and then turned it on Obama? It is such ashame that the 42% of Americans are too stupid to understand the real issues and lies being told. What do you expect from the country that elected George Bush twice?

    July 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Nikole

    I have seen a disturbing comment posted several times on internet blogs and it should be addressed now.


    Just because he doesn't want to travel the country with McCain does not mean that they won't debate. There is plenty of time for that and after 20 primary debates, he deserves to do the next when he wants and where he wants.

    July 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. elaine, atlanta

    Oh please give us a break .this is so like the Mccain to throw rocks and hide their hand. The RNC injected race into this from day one,And John Mccain just sits back with a sly smile on his face. The Mccain camp neeeds to clean their on house first.

    July 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Who Speaks For MCain?

    LOL, McCain's spokeperson said that McCain doesn't speak for the McCain campaign (re: when McCain talked about raising taxes was still on the table). So if Mccain can't speak for the McCain campaign, who can?

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    now mr mccain,, you talk about bein dirty,, well take a good look in a mirror and ask yourself" have i told any lies durin this campaign?? have i stretched adnthing durin this campaign,,, am I playin fair?,,, answer to all of these is,, nope not one bit mccain, your are one of the dirtiest players around and we all know who taught you,, and shortly neither of you will be in the president position,,, more and more americans are seeing right through mccain and his dirty anticts,,, he even laughs on how and what hes doin,,,, this is called alzhiemers mccain,, your much too old to remember and why too old to becaom president,,, soo, mccain,, take mine and many others advice,,, if you have failed twice at something, dont een try again because you already look bad,, hang it up buddy,, obama has it tied up 08!!!!!!!!!!and beyond

    July 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Tom in CA

    ...angry Old Man shouts at clouds....

    ...others say that his Tau proteins are all tangled up....

    July 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. nitro

    It is what it is , a campaign about race. A black man which some white people will never vote for and a white man which some black people will never vote for. Never the less stop making an issue out of nothing. Its not shameful it is what it is.

    July 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Tennessee

    No matter how B Spears or P Hilton is, I really think McCain owe then a sorry. Jesse say Obama is talking down to Blacks??? Look at this. They have nothing to do with the election at all, so why bring their lives into it.

    July 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Joan, Ontario

    Maybe the words didn't come right out of McCain's mouth, but the things that many of his supporters have said in newspapers (remember the "Baby Mama" headline), on radio shows, in campaigns in the states and on the blogs have been absolutely dreadful. Read the blogs sometime. One good thing that has come out of this is that it shows that Obama is not going to sit back and let the Republicans run their usual attack campaign. He's meeting them head on. Good for him.

    July 31, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Nathan, IA

    Insulting that McCain thinks Obama dropped the race card. I hate this man more every day. He's made my voting choice go from 50/50 to Obama all the way. Sad for you McCain.

    July 31, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Jo in NYC

    When the debates come I will have my popcorn ready to watch Mc Elmer Fudd versus Bugs Bunny!
    It won't be pretty!

    Obama in 08!

    July 31, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Xango

    McBush, is he so hungry for attention the old man will say anything..

    it does not matter who CNN and Fox spinn this, he is TOO old, he has dementia and we need a leader not a whiner..

    with all due respect..

    July 31, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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