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YourBlackWorld: Al Sharpton Slams McCain on Affirmative Action

John McCain endorsed a proposal to scrap affirmative action in his home state of Arizona, sparking a strong rebuke from presidential rival Barack Obama and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

When asked yesterday in an interview that aired on ABC’s “This Week” whether he supports a ballot referendum that would eliminate affirmative action, McCain replied, “Yes, I do.”

“I do not believe in quotas,” McCain said. “I have not seen the details of some of these proposals. But I’ve always opposed quotas.”

When pressed as to whether he specifically supports the Arizona initiative, McCain reiterated, “I support it, yes.”

The proposal in Arizona involves a constitutional amendment that would prohibit preferential treatment by public officials on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.

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