Today during a moment of “straight talk,” Senator John McCain promised to “whip” Senator Barack Obama’s “you know what” at the upcoming debate. While that sounds like a great idea to me, others felt his comment had racial undertones that could be used against the candidate. Read more about it and watch a fun motivational debate video below.

Yes he actually said that. Senator McCain referred to Senator Obama’s backside as his “you know what.” But beside the strangeness of that, the controversy seems to be around the sensitivity of the use of the word “whip” in light of charges of racial grievances of late.

Just last week, Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) likened the politics of John McCain and Sarah Palin to segregationist former Alabama Governor George Wallace!

Thankfully, McCain shot that down. Even though McCain has publically noted his admiration for civil rights pioneer Lewis, it is simply ridiculous to equate legitimate criticism of Barack Obama and his policies with Wallace. McCain responded calling Lewis’s ridiculous rant “a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events.” Amen.

McCain called on Obama to repudiate the attack, which the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign didn’t really do until later in the day — after any damage was already done of course.

Today’s comments were made to campaign workers at his Virginia campaign headquarters in the hopes of energizing them for a tough battle ahead.

“We’re a couple points down, OK, nationally, but we’re right in this game,” McCain said to cheers. “The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two, but in the last few days we’ve seen it come back up because they want experience, they want knowledge and they want vision. We’ll give that to America.”

“We’re going to spend a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we’re going to be going out 24/7.”

“I respect Senator Obama, we will conduct a respectful race and be sure everyone else does too. But there are stark difference between us,” McCain said.

National and many battleground state polls have shown McCain trailing Obama amid the deepening market crisis.

The next and final debate, in which we will watch John McCain whip Barack Obama’s “you know what,” will be this Wednesday at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y. CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer will moderate the 90-minute forum so it should be a good one.

And as always, we here at Right Pundits will be covering all the details!

McCain to Whip Obama Video
“Devo – Whip It!”