By Justin Sink
During his address, McCain said that while he recognized many in the organization would be backing then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, he hoped to find common ground on the issue of civil rights.
"I'm here today as an admirer and a fellow American, an association that means more to me than any other," McCain told the assembly. "I am a candidate for president who seeks your vote and hopes to earn it. But whether or not I win your support, I need your goodwill and counsel. And should I succeed, I'll need it all the more."