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. nick

    Alittle weird coming from someone who was just in the news of having an apparent feud with McCain but it is very admirable of him to do so and i believe hillary would have done the same thing if she was in his situation. Infact when she was the lead she was looking towards what she was going to wear to the convention when she accepted her nomination but now shes just praying to see the likes of tomorow.
    GO CHANGE!!! Down with John W. McCain or George Junior

    March 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. hillary 08:

    GO HILLARYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    Y.... BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

    i can't wait to vote for her in Pennsylvania!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. changing times

    McCain will win if Dems don't unite. This is disgusting.

    If Clinton goes on Obama may have to fight back, fire with fire if he wants to stay in the race. And then I'll be disgusted and have to vote for the positive, distinguished candidate McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Bren

    Congratulations, Mr. MCain. I applaud you and I applaud Senator Obama for being the first of the Democratic contendors to extend his hand to you to offer his congratulations on the Rebublican nomination.

    You’ll still lose. But you are a worthy opponent.

    March 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. rachel

    hmm will people give hillary her due seeing how see called mccain now? I doubt it . Obama supporters need to stop beign so mean spirted because you know what if michagan and florida delegates had been counted Obama would be behind.

    March 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Liz

    Thank you CNN for the Update(clarification) to this article filed under Obama and Mccain that states Clinton also called Mccain to congratulate him.

    March 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  7. Respect

    Hillary supporters fashion themselves much after her, disrespectful and speaks before thinking.

    March 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Allen Stokes

    Senator Clinton I want to thank you for what you are doing in this race for President . I also would like to see you and Senator Obama take the two top seats in Amercia. I'm looking for you to win this election and Senator Obama as Vice President or the other way around as long as you two run the country. I believe America needs both of you to fix Bush's wrongdoings.

    March 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Lcochrane

    USA don't need a voodoo priest for president

    March 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. MN Woman

    Of course Obama had to make the "running against McCain" comment. We Hillary supporters have been trying to tell you he's a pompous hindend and blowhard for months now.

    March 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. vote democrate

    I am happy for Obama and for Clinton. All of you HILLARY LOVERS AND ALL OF YOU OBAMA LOVERS. In retro-spec if Hillary does not win you will be voting for Obama and if Obama does not win you will be voting for Hillary. So stop your hating. Both would be good in the white house.

    March 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. YaRight

    "Nonetheless, I a veteran want in the White House one who has worn Uncle Sam's uniform. This nation will be better served with John McCain as President than Barack Obama."

    Um, Bush wore a uniform....right?

    March 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Sheri, MI

    Hillary – the candidate for all of the stupid, sheep Democrats who vote based on name recognition and the accomplishments of the woman's husband. How sad. Sad that you fall for her disingenuous campaign tactics and maudlin theatrics.

    March 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. TM

    McCain for Commander-In-Chief! I still do not understand what Obama's plans will be after IRAQ worsens following troop removal. Help us to better understand....COMMUNICATE TO THE PUBLIC WHAT YOUR PLAN LOOKS LIKE? Remember this, it is action – not words. Saying "Change" does not cut it....explain the PLAN!

    March 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. YaRight

    "Nonetheless, I a veteran want in the White House one who has worn Uncle Sam's uniform. This nation will be better served with John McCain as President than Barack Obama."

    Um, didn't bush wear a uniform....?

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. xemmy

    I guess some don't get it. Most of the people who voted for Omana just don't like Clinton and I personally don't think will support her, leaving us with 1 choices: not vote for Hillary leaving the the field open for McCain

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. A Person of Interest

    Didn't OHIO vote Bush back into the White House? I said then, it's gonna be a bumpy ride and it was, and then some. Ya know, the problem w/the Clinton campaign and supporters is that they THINK that all of the RECORD turnout for the primaries is somehow attributed to them...NEWSFLASH...IT'S NOT!!! OK, let's say Clinton wins the nomination. I seriously doubt the democratic turnout will be ANYTHING near what it is now. Here's MY prediction...Blacks and the young voters will drop off, Hispanics will vote for her, but not enough of them to carry her to the White House, no matter how much they like to think their votes will determine the election. Others will vote for John McCain just out of spite for Hillary and/or Bill. Welcome to the White House, John McCain...and 4, perhaps 8, more years of Bush policies. Will OHIO even be considered a state when the republicans ram the last nail in the NAFTA coffin and nobody is living there because all the jobs will be gone???

    March 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. Richard from Detroit and Dearborn

    Hey BELLINI MUSSOLINI,I,m not from Ohio but judging by your UNAMERICAN comment and NAME ,you must not be FROM HERE, thats 1 and second,if you are, theres alot of hardworking,iron fisted native Ohioians living in EVERY STATE of the Union .You might slip up in public one day.

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. bjerryberg

    In the real world the Rezko and Ayers and other Chicago stuff makes an Obama election and inauguration an impossibility.

    So who exactly benefits from the fantasy that it is possible?

    I hear Mayor Bloomberg is still denying he'll make a run–but petitioners for him in many states are still getting paid.

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. cathy

    So let's save time and money in 12 and just have superdelegates do it

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. Josh

    CNN, if Obama is the Democratic nominee you can count my vote in your 25%! I will either be voting for McCain or not voting at all!!! Obama has little experience and at least McCain has some grasp of life's realties, being that in order to get the job, YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST SOME EXPERIENCE TO SHOW FOR!

    Hillary '08!!! We know you'll end up winning Ohio and Texas!!! Good will finally prevail over evil...BARACK OBAMA WILL LOSE MAJORLY!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. dani

    I agree with Karen and by the way, anything in the past about Hillary is old news. Actually, it was about Bill. Hillary has done a great job and she is far more informed about governmental policies than Barack. Based on the blogs, I believe it has become a nasty and racist race and the Democrats will stand to lose. Maybe Karl Rove's tactic (to divide the Dems – and to cause a wedge by blaming the Clinton camp for these so call smear tactics) has worked. As for Hillary going negative, she has, like any other candidate have the right to challenger her opponent. In fact, Barack has as you say, gone negative on both McCain and Clinton. It is only the Obama supporters that want Hillary out. As far as I can see it is pretty much 50/50 and Hillary would be foolish to drop out.

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. FraninLA

    Go Hillary!!!

    Ohio under our belt. No one has ever won the general election without winning Ohio.

    Go Hillary!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. Bob

    What gets me is hillary said at the stock yard in texas. If she is elected, and people get loans for a teacher or social service they wont have to pay tose loans back. If i was a loan compay and loaned money to a student to be a teacher. i sure would want my money back. how would she make sure i get my money back to the loans i give students. yep the tax payers...she said she will make college more affordable. how can youdo that?

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. Chrissy

    Hillary Clinton used to be a good politician. Now just just plays politics well. Sorry, but when she sold herself to the evil insurance companies who spend their time deciding which Americans can live or die; I decided to vote for someone who is not so corrupted.

    If you want to know who a candidate will work for just follow the money.

    March 4, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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