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8 October 2008 at 8:49:50 AM
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I don't know if McCain typically uses that line in his canned stump speeches, maybe he does, but it was sure the wrong thing to say in the setting last night.

For me, the more worrisome moment of the debate came when McCain told a young, black questioner, "You've probably never heard of Fannie Mae." We were doing play-by-play of the debate on our website and I shouted out, "Why not? Why wouldn't he have heard of Fannie Mae?"

Hub did the same thing here.

Would McCain really have said the same thing to an older, white questioner? It seems unlikely. Of course, it's nearly impossible to separate out age, race and whatever else is going through McCain's head at that moment. Can I say definitively that McCain said that because of the person's race? No, I definitely can't. But that was a moment for me that was more loaded with racial possibility than his reference to "that one."

I think McCain has to at least be savvy enough not to tell someone in the audience that they don't know elementary things that are in the news, no matter what their race is. Chalk up yet another awkward moment brought to you by Grandpa McCain.

P.S. I saw the man's response today, via Firat Read

7. How did I feel about Sen. McCain stating “You probably never heard of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac before this.”
Well Senator, I actually did. I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person. I have a bachelor degree in Political Science from Tennessee State, so I try to keep myself up to date with current affairs. I have a Master degree in Legal Studies from Southern Illinois University, a few years in law school, and I am currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration from the University of Memphis. In defense of the Senator from Arizona I would say he is an older guy, and may have made an underestimation of my age. Honest mistake. However, it could be because I am a young African-American male. Whatever the case may be it was somewhat condescending regardless of my age to make an assumption regarding whether I was knowledgeable about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


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1 - zfirpo   8 Oct 2008 @ 12:37:18 PM 

OMG. I caught that too and was taken aback by it. I thought I was the only one who noticed. As if the guy wouldn't know who these major companies were because he was black. LOL I also didn't appreciate the way he would reference Obama as "him over there". Very unprofessional. He is running against you for the presidency Mr. McCain. His name is Barack Obama, and by the way, he is winning in the polls.



2 - salon   8 Oct 2008 @ 1:01:22 PM 

With you. It's very, very unprofessional.


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