March 4th, 2008
10:04 PM ET
6 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. anderson

    we love obama go go go Senator Obama go! Obama vs. McCain will be a true presidential race this time . Since he appeals to many AmericansI believe Obama has a great chance to win.

    March 4, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Frances

    Wow, it's so cute and presidential when he's all cocky and stuff...

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Aaron

    Yep SNL will love this one

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Rob

    It seems Texas going 50/50 between Hillary and Obama, which is a bad sign for Sen.Hillary.

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    McCain will stomp Hilliary in the Fall if she is the Dem. She has more luggage than Chicago Ohare or L.A.X.

    OBAMA 08

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. Aaron

    It will be so funny watching a war hero loose to a newbie senator........ yeah right. The republicans will play up his experience. Compared to Obama, I think Hillary would fair better against someone with so much experience. Even I, a good domocrate, think that experience is a better thing to have in a leader. McCain would get stuff done, I am not sure Obama can do it... Hillary V. McCain I go McCain, McCain V Obama, I go McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Sandy B.

    Thank you Hillary for going so negative! Keep slinging the rhetoric so it will be even harder for the democratic nominee to beat John McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. ROY COLLINS

    I am soo tired of your program injecting racial overtones in all of your comments.

    You never talk or mention possible White blacklash against other Whites that support any politician.

    You are always talking African Americans against Hispanics.

    March 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. CarrieW

    Arrogant! Will he tell us tomorow that he didn't say that?

    March 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Melanie

    Ever since Hillary accused the Media of siding Obama, Obama is being bashed at! It's ok... Hillary is a not a fair loser. I mean why should she be well treated if she lost 11 primaries in a row.....

    March 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Richard from Detroit and Dearborn

    Yes Paul he did sound very arrogant in saying he looks forward to running against McCain in the fall, besides , the weather gets alittle chilly and rainy in the fall.The best time would be Spring of 2009 so he should hibernate the rest of the year{ SMILE} He is behind 16% in Ohio right now and has only a 1-2% lead over Hillary in Texas.McCain wins Round 1 " DING".

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Bellini

    What a gentleman and how presidential. He wins more people over by being positive rather than trying to be cunning and slick. No one wants a dishonest person like HRC in office. And who cares about Ohio–the home of the stupid and unemployed. There's more to American than just one state. Look at the map and see how many he's won......duh! That's why he's ahead. We all love him!

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. KC Atlanta

    Hey Dave, Presidential? Talk about arrogance!!! He best get the nomination first, and he won't. The superdelegates will go "politics first, last and always". They know he can't win against McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Aaron

    At Election, Hilary+McCain = Another Republican Primary.

    March 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. garal

    Agree with you 100% Jen!
    OBAMA, sorry but don't dream with the White House yet!
    You are not ready for it.

    March 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. April

    Its not over yet.......People need to look at the 2 and see what each one of them have done for this country at this point. Color or gender is not the factor. Clinton has always fought for what she believed in. She has the attitude to help this country be back to what it was years ago. People need to think if one of these democrates are elected what changes will take place not just in the White House but with the world as we know it. This election will not just affect us but others around it.

    March 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  17. Charles K.

    Go Hillary! As a democrat I would rather stay home than support Obama. His audacity of being arrogant! He understands little except to say I agree with Sen. Clinton. If he wins it is only because a majority of black voters cast their ballot based upon his skin color. What is that called again? We already elected someone who had no experience for the job, look what got us. He has been softballed by the media and now we have to deal with his arrogance. I don't think so.

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. kathleen

    I love Obama, Michelle and those two beautiful girls and
    want them to be in our White House. All of you Hillary lovers
    Obama never want to sling the dirt on her but her record
    goes way back to a cattle investment in Arkansas that the
    Clintons scammed people on. Now, does Obama use this.
    The Republicans will and she will lose the election. The
    Reps. and Rush Limbaugh can't wait to go up against her
    and Bill's misgivings. They know them all by heart and will
    be slamming her. She has more skelatons in her closet
    than her and Bill have bones.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. ZOMG people

    Im really surprised he can make a comment like this. Pretty close in texas and he is way behind in Ohio. A little cocky, but i think good intentions in the end

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Cathy,
    "Hillary supporters–Why do you think Rush Limbaigh wanted Republicans to vote for Hillary? Because she is beatable. "

    Apparently you didn't hear the CNN statistics. 25% of Hillary voters would vote for McCain before Obama. Wake up! The democrats will lose if Obama is the democratic candidate.

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Derek

    Do you think there is a republican message board somewhere where Huckabee supporters are saying "I'd rather vote for Obama OR Clinton than John McCain!" I think not.

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. FraninLA

    Why would he make that call? He has not won yet? Wow the more I know Obama, the more he bothers me. He is still in the middle of a very competative race. He needs to be focusing on winning the nod from his own party. It ain't over yet

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. Gabby

    Clinton can not win this, by her trying to hold on now is going to rip the party apart. It is in bad shape now. Clinton be a lady with a little honour now, hold your chin up and bow out with the grace of a true contender. It is sad to watch one grasping at bits and pieces including lies, mud slinging and fear mongering. Maybe take some time and try to mend the party before it's to late. This is no time to try and feed you ego.

    Obama 08

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Steve

    Hillary...a president? Not a chance, Obama has what it takes and when he recieves the nomination that will be clear. Obama for 08!

    Oh and I guess...

    In your dreams Hillary!

    OBAMA 08!

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Adam

    Obama is so arrogant! Grow up man! You still havent WON ANYTHING!

    March 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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