Skip to comments.McCain: Senate should apologize for slavery
Posted on 10/18/2007 9:13:32 AM PDT by freespirited
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday the Senate should apologize for slavery and segregation, calling them dark chapters in our history.
McCain said he would support a planned resolution by fellow Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who is also seeking the presidency, to apologize for racist laws, some of which ended more than a century ago.
They were federal policies, Brownback told the Boston Globe on Monday. They were wrong. The only way for us to move forward . . . is at the end of the day acknowledging those, taking ownership for it, and asking for forgiveness.
McCain agreed with Brownbacks approach.
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Spokesmen for other presidential candidates, including Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, the only top-tier black candidate, declined to comment on the planned Brownback apology. Also silent were Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson.
Nothing that various states have adopted similar resolutions, McCain emphasized that words alone cannot make amends for America's past policies of racism. He said the U.S. should continue our efforts to make sure that all Americans have equal opportunity to take part in this great, great free-enterprise system of ours.
The Arizona Republican pledged to address the issues of poverty and lack of education in parts of America, including parts of South Carolina, parts of my state, that some of our Hispanic students are not getting the same quality of education we want them to.
McCain made the remarks during a two-day swing through South Carolina, a state that effectively ended his presidential campaign in 2000 when Republicans voted instead for George W. Bush. McCain used the visit to attack Clinton for advocating taxpayer funding of a museum on the Woodstock rock concert. McCain also slammed Giuliani for fighting against the presidential line-item veto, which McCain called an essential tool for controlling federal spending.
McCain should apologize to America for pushing illegal alien amnesty.
This man is an embarrassment.
His last gasp of desperation in pandering tactics?
Well, I demand a full apology for the way that the federal government treated my German-American relatives during World World I.
Hang it up, John. You’re not getting the Democrat vote. Or the Republican vote either, for that matter.
Straight talking Mccain once again shows that he does not have the talent to run a winning campaign.
Why blame the Senate when it was in the 1787 Federal Constitution? Never forget it was the wisdom of the Founding Fathers to compromise and allow the institution of slavery to continue so they could get their independence from England. Never gloss over that.
I agree. What good will this do? Other than people asking for payment for something that happened 200 years ago. To do something like this will just open the door to more seperation. People need to get over it and go forward.
It's so important that we apologize FOR people that no longer exist, TO people that also no longer exist and to their descendants that are CLEARLY better off being here than in Africa.
I mean, why dont we enact a govt MANDATED moment of silence for the entire country in honor of these dead people. ** Triple barf **
I think we can safely move on.
I would like to apologize for the purple jeans and purple, plaid turtleneck outfit that I wore in 1973. And for that velvet bow-tie in 1975.
McCain should apologize for being stupid and bring up a silly issue at a time when there are a lot more important things to worry about.
McCain is nuts! this will open the door to reparations and all sorts of shenanigans.
No apologies! EVER!! For anything.
Damn, if this resolution doesn’t pass, this will probably mean that we won’t be able to use the airspace over harlem or South Central L.A. Look for a protest “demarche” to Congress from Jackson,...if he can spell it:
Jackson: “I’ve already done de march done in Selma, didn’t I?”
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
So that Brownback is supposedly taking his fund-raising cash and bowing out of the presidential race, is this what McCain is pandering for.... Brownback's money and support?
It looks like Brownback’s idiocy is catching. I already knew that McCain was nuts, he didn’t have to prove it again.
I’m sorry for wearing Brut cologne in the `70s.
sorry sorry sorry, sorry sorry sorry
And that is the reason you will never be president John.
You do not have any common sense. It is as if you scour the entire field searching for cow-plop to step in. Brownback is an idiot for dredging this up and you are every bit the moron for hitching your wagon to this turd of an idea.
I hope to god that when he is humiliated in the primary he gets a clue and goes home.
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