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Monday, August 04, 2008

Today's Good Egg: Rep Mel Martinez, R-Fla.

McCain-Backing GOP Senator: Obama Did Not Play the Race Card

Jake Tapper

"I think we should be in a post-racial environment," said Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., a supporter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., "I think Sen. [Barack] Obama has done an admirable job of that. I don't think he has race-baited. I think he has been very good about that."

Martinez made his comments to ABC News' David Puente on Thursday in an interview to run on Puente's show "Exclusiva," which covers Hispanic news from around the world and airs on the network's digital channel, ABC News Now.

This week, Obama, D-Ill., suggested that McCain and the Republicans would try to convince voters that he was too "risky," in part by pointing out that he has a funny name and doesn't look like other presidents on the dollar bills.

After those comments, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said, “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

But Martinez, born in Cuba, told Puente that he thought Davis was wrong.

"I would not agree with" Davis's statement, Martinez said.

The Martinez interview is scheduled to run on "Exclusiva" on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m.

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