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John McCain Keeps it Real with Essence

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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WHISTLIN' DIXIE McCain (Photo: Getty Images) Geriatric kook John McCain recently sat down with Essence for what the mag says is McCain's first interview with an African-American publication. Not surprisingly, it took the man who famously voted against establishing a holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., just four questions to wax poetic about how much he loves black people: "I went to Selma and stood at the Edmund Pettus Bridge and talked about the need to include 'forgotten Americans.' I will never as long as I live forget the beautiful women of Gees Bend, Alabama, with the quilts. They were singing spirituals. On the first occasion I could find in the White House I would have them sing again," he said.

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Of course, it would be difficult for even McCain to forget the quilts: he dropped a ridiculous $7,500 on three of them during his April trip to Alabama.

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