March 4th, 2008
10:04 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama, Clinton call McCain to offer congratulations

(CNN) - Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama called Republican John McCain at 8:30 CST from his hotel in San Antonio, Texas. He congratulated the Arizona senator on his apparent victory in the GOP contest, and told him he looks forward to running against him in the fall.

–CNN's Candy Crowley and Jessica Yellin

UPDATE: CNN's Candy Crowley and Dana Bash report that Hillary Clinton also called John McCain Tuesday night to offer congratulations on his win.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Jenny

    It is over for OBAMA and his supporters!!!!11

    Haha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary or McCain will expose your dirty tricks more and more in the future!

    Wake up--

    Anyone but OBAMA can be president!

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. R.S.

    that is a bit premature Mr Obama.
    Hillary '08 !!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Rachel

    He is so arrogant.

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. exasperasted with politicians

    josh, i think you seem to forget the fact that hillary is scrambling for victories now because she thought she was the guaranteed nominee before the race even began. yet, the hypocrisy fits a clinton supporter.

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Chris Austin Texas

    Val, it's funny that you say that Hillary supporters scream with caps, when so far in this post, only 1 Obama supporter has screamed with caps. Hillary supporters are too busy watching the pro Hillary trend happening with the Texas primaries. 40 minutes ago Obama was ahead 80k votes. now he's barely holding onto 29k. If this trend continues, Hillary will win Texas.

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. thresa

    thats right screen it\

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. changing times

    John McCain is going to pick this party apart.

    Did you watch all his digs about a divided democratic party, disrespecting each other and running a negative campaign?

    That didn't happen until Hillary saw se wasn't winning by being a decent opponent. She just had to go negative against her own party member, forcing Obama to defend himself.

    Thank God he didn't in turn pull out all her scandals and sordid mess. If he loses at least he can hold his head up. But...he won't lose because he still will have the most delegates!

    March 4, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. John

    So... Sinoe Man... Do you have a clue who McCain is & what he supports? Uh... don't be an ostrich. Pull your head out of the sand. Just because he served in the military & was a POW, doesn't mean he has the countrys best interest in mind. Use your head.

    March 4, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Marion

    I do not understand why Hillary should give in when Obama hasn't won the delegates he needs yet. It is a close and very interesting race and I think they should go to the wire and not have the pundits tell Hillary to give up. After all, this is "suppose" to be a democracy.

    March 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Irishspacemonk

    oh and I guess I should reference the story. Nice way to congratulate McCain. He deserves ... being that it was such a hard fought race.

    March 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Scott SD, CA

    The only way Hill wins now is if she goes negative negative NEAGATIVE against Obama and hope he cracks. It will potentially put McCain in the White House. She will not have a lead in pledged delegates when it is over. The math is easy. Hillary will take the party down if she continues much past March.

    March 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. tammi

    One word for Obama: GRACIOUS

    It doesn't cost a thing to be civil to your opponents/enemies or whatever. That's the kind of diplomacy we need with foreign policy.

    March 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Luke

    Jen I am with you.
    Hillary or nothing

    March 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    I can't wait until all the dirt on the Clinton's start coming out. It's gonna be a looooonnngggg spring. Jack Cafferty hit on just a tid bit of the Clinton scandals. Brace yourselves, you Hillary supports, it's gonna get ugly and crying and/or going on SNL, will not help.

    March 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Jose Card - Independent

    I hope Hillary will call McCain tonight to congratulate him, too.
    She will need a special cabinet member to remind her of congratulating other people all the time.

    March 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. barb

    It was good of Obama to call McCain to congratulate him. Gee I wonder of Hillary called.

    She has worked so hard to destroy Obama, I don't think she took time to be gracious. I was so sorry to see that the way she wins is to be so mean.

    March 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. Matt

    Someone tell me how CNN can claim that Ohio is still "competitive"? They are making it too easy for Saturday Night Live this week.

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. Patty

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. JustSayNo

    Claiming victory before the votes are counted. Now that is the ultiimate arrogance. Neither Clinton nor Obama will have enough votes to win. The convention will decide the candidate and reasonable people (party faithful) will decide for Hillary because she stands a better chance to beat McCain. America wins either way because Hillary and McCain are doers not talkers.

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Sturdy

    Obama has shown what he can do. Under estimating him has failed.

    I wish him the best in the general election.

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    I think we really need to understand that if Hillary has to mudsling to win against someone in her own party, how could we expect her to win the Presidential Election. We need to understand that the PEOPLE favor Obama tremendously and we need someone who WILL win against John McCain!

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. young

    Obama's day is over in this race, period. A few days of negativity from Clinton almost destroied him. Does anyone believe that he is ready for Carl Dove's type of attack or Democrates can win in general election with him as our choice? Wake up and do the real thinking, "educated people"!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. spirit of america

    What arrogance! Read Luke 1, Obama. It says that the arrogant are scattered in their thoughts. Get ready to be scattered.

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. Proud American

    Obama lives by what he says. Unlike some other candidates. Obama you are a true gentleman. Keep up the good fight cause hope shall prevail.

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. jackson smith ny ny

    Barack,

    Don't count your chickens before they're hatched!

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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