Obama says McCain campaign is cynical, not racist

Democratic candidate Barack Obama said Saturday that Republican rival John McCain's campaign is not racist but is cynical in trying to divert voter attention from the real issues of the presidential campaign. Obama met with reporters for the first time since the McCain campaign claimed that the Illinois Democrat had "played the race card" by warning that McCain would try to scare voters about how Obama looks unlike "all those other presidents on the dollar bills" - all of whom are white men. In the ensuing debate, a McCain spokesman suggested that the Arizona Republican was being painted as a racist. That's an attempt to shift the campaign's focus, Obama argued Saturday. "In no way do I think that John McCain's campaign was being racist," Obama said. "I think they're cynical. And I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues."