Republican presidential presumptive nominee John McCain says he thinks the 2008 election will be a less than traditional one.
In a taped interview with "Fox News Sunday," McCain says he believes independent voters will play a major role in this year's election. As a result of that, McCain says he will need to energize the Republican base, and get the independent votes as well as those of the old and new "Reagan Democrats."
McCain also downplayed what he called the "old red state, blue state scenario" of the past several elections. He says he thinks most states that have previously tilted Republican or Democratic are "going to be up for grabs."
McCain was interviewed by Fox reporter Chris Wallace in the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, which on Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Junior.
McCain once again said he was wrong to have voted against the federal Martin Luther King holiday in 1983.