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Monday, September 08, 2008

CBS to McCain: GOP has become 'party of white people'

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SCHIEFFER: I want to ask you about the composition of the convention. There were 36 African-American delegates out of 2300-plus delegates there. How can you survive as a party if you become just the party of white people?

McCAIN: We can't. We can't. I saw that information the other day that by, I've forgotten, don't hold me to it, 2042 or something like that, white americans will be a minority in the population of this country. We can't. We've got to reach out. We've got to do a better job. We have to have the Hispanic as well as African-American voters. I've traveled all over this country. I've been to places where there are literally no Republican votes. I have to convince them that I'll be the president of everybody and a Republican party has a job to do. Frankly, it's a job that also spills over into other areas. You've seen the generic ballot.

SCHIEFFER: Were you kind of surprised at all that.


SCHIEFFER: To see that statistic come up?

McCAIN: No. I was obviously disappointed but we need to prove to Americans that this is the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. We're the party of Abraham Lincoln.

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