Candidates Talk Leadership, Race, on 60 Minutes

Mac goes bipartisan, Obama talks leadership, plays down race
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2008 2:20 AM CDT
John McCain and Barack Obama greet on Capitol Hill last year. The two presidential candidates appeared on "60 Minutes" last night.   (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
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(Newser) – John McCain tried to strike a bipartisan tone during his 60 Minutes interview last night, and Barack Obama played down the race issue while highlighting his leadership experience. Both presidential candidates sat for prime-time interviews on the show, during which McCain floated the name of prominent Democrat Andrew Cuomo to take over the Securities and Exchange Commission.

McCain said Cuomo would "restore some credibility and lend some bipartisanship to this effort," and conceded that “the Bush administration has failed.” He also vowed to move the controversial office of political affairs out of the White House and into Republican Party control. Obama said he would lose some votes in November and gain others strictly because he is black, making the race issue “a wash.”