May 11th, 2008
09:47 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama open to joining McCain on trail

Sen. Barack Obama speaks to reporters in Bend, Oregon, Saturday.
Sen. Barack Obama speaks to reporters in Bend, Oregon, Saturday.

BEND, Oregon (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that if he were to become the Democratic nominee, holding joint town hall-style campaign events with Republican Sen. John McCain would be a "great idea."

"Obviously, we would have to think through the logistics on that," Obama continued. "But ... if I have the opportunity to debate substantive issues before the voters with John McCain, that's something that I am going to welcome."

Recently, advisors to the all-but-certain GOP nominee have said the Arizona senator is open to the idea, and his campaign has touted the fact that he and Democrat Bill Bradley held joint campaign events when the two ran for the presidential nomination in 1999.

“John McCain has repeatedly encouraged these types of appearances with his opponents in the past," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

"But in order to extend all due respect to Sen. Clinton, we will look forward to welcoming the arrangements when the Democrats have actually chosen their nominee," Bounds added.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. jane in CA

    'nough said. Republican for Obama.

    May 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. jane in CA

    Republicans will vote for Obama.

    May 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. texas Stephen

    I think it is funny reading these blogs and hearing Clintons people say that they will not contribute to dems that support Obama.

    May 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. John Smith

    I like those who are pushing Hillary to run as an Independent:

    If Hillary, with all the large democratic base, Clinton name etc.. cannot
    –raise enough money to run the current campaign
    –maintain the large superdelegate number that she started with
    –even win most of the "Black" votes
    –keep her campaign leaders together,
    –win over this "unknown" Obama, then let her run as an Independent.

    I wait for the Republicans to lay hands Hillary. She would need to be away from the democratic party by the time Republicans get to Hillary. Good luck Hillary, run as an Independent candidates!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Voter

    McCain won't even debate Ron Paul. He's all talk. He's needs Lieberman and Lyndsey Graham there to give him "middle of the road" answers.

    May 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Tammy

    ok we are ready for Mcbush.

    May 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Victor in NC

    This is a great Idea.. So who is this Clinton chic again.. Monica or is it Hillary.. either way, they are forgotten..

    May 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Roger May Philadelphia, Pa

    This would be a fantastic idea, but I doubt McCain's staff would really be interested in the idea, as they know that he will not look good going head to head with Obama.

    May 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. B / NYC

    Another promise that will not happen?
    Politics as usual Senator?
    Why will you not debate Senator Clinton?
    What a smooth talker you are...

    May 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Ad on superdelegate

    I'm a superduperdelagate for the undemocratic party. My vote is worth the vote of 10 superdelegates which are worth 13,000 normal votes.

    I will decide the nomination with my one powerful vote.

    That is unless a superduperNewAndImprovedSuperdelage is added on.

    May 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Clinton/McCain

    When are you going to debate Hillary again? Are you afraid? By the way, we have 50 states not 60!

    May 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. bill pike

    with what that little person did in the last clinton/obama debate, you know the employee???? i would set up for issues only and not the old political ways of ruining each other. if mcbush won't agree then let this one be about the people and not the news medium. if obama had not followen into the debates the race would have been over a long time ago.

    to to the people–who got us into this war, who ruined our economy, who would not even help the people of new orleans, it goes on and on. but i think in a debate mcbush's will lose his bearings and the engine will burn up. can you imagine defended the republican party or even to try and say you were different after you said out of your old mouth "i really don't understand economics" and the good one "we should be in iraq for 100 years".

    May 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Great move President Elect Obama. But may I suggest a food taster? I don't trust 'certain' people to be on good behavior this summer after SHE loses. She might just chimmy down a Mission Impossible gurney trying to grab your microphone.

    She got a lot of gimmicks up her short sighted sleeves.

    May 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Kelly

    The bad reporting of the media is responsible for Senator Clinton's struggles in this campaign. All the major mainstream media and cable net work are to be blamed for Senator Clinton's current ups and down. The media has promoted Senator Obama from the beginning. While senator Obama is a good speaker, there is no way that he could be a better president. The media has been a powerful influential driving force in this society and they can make the weak seem strong and they can make the strong seems week.

    The less affluent people believes everything that they see on TV. And when the media help to paint an individual in the negative or the positive light by bringing out there so call political analyses, news editors and panelist to discuss these political Candidates. You are sowing a bad seed in the heart of the American people because people are not able to make up their mind about each Candidate, but majority are influence by the media especially when the media report so many negative things about Senator Clinton.

    The recent comment that Senator Clinton made on race was taken out of context. Every time she opens her mouth to say something the media twist it around. Senator Obama made comments about Senator McCain losing his bearings. Do you know what losing your bearings mean? Exactly what Senator Obama meant, he is losing it, meaning that he is losing his mind, meaning that he is crazy, he has a mental problem. This literally what the senator meant. The media knows this but they were careful not to report this to protect Senator Obama. Instead they use Senator McCann reference on age to down play this. I think this losing your bearings statement should be discussed in the context that the Senator Obama made this comments. This is no slip of tongue. And he should be reprimanded for it. He should not get away with this statement.

    If Senator Clinton were to make these comments it would be running the airways every five minutes. This is what I am saying. What Senator Clinton said about race is a known fact and she is not implying anything about racism. It was straight forward. What Senator Obama said about Senator McCain losing his “Bearings” was not making reference to the Senator’s Age, but his mental capacity. Senator Obama should apologize to Senator McCain for making this statement.

    Tomorrow is mother’s day say something good about Senator Clinton. If you are woman or a man that have your mother fought for you through thick and thin you will understand how millions of American feels about this Female President. Although the math’s doesn’t add up she can win. So stop saying that’s it over. It is not over until it’s over. Senator Obama should stop portraying himself as the nominee it is against rules. He is not the nominee.

    Thank You

    May 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. texas Stephen

    I think it is funny reading these blogs and hearing Clintons people say that they will not contribute to dems that support Obama.

    1) I don't believe them. They are either lieing, grandstanding or are not Democrat.

    2) 1.5million.... Over 1.5 MILLION people have donated to Obama. He has broken every record... with small contributions. I am going to go our on a limb here and say that even if they are telling the truth... we don't need their corrupt money.

    Obama will unify this country and the party. I can't wait till Hillary is on board with our future, the sooner the better. We will welcome her with open arms, and believe in reconciliation.

    Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. John Smith

    I repeat, please read-
    I like those who are pushing Hillary to run as an Independent:

    If Hillary, with all the large democratic base, Clinton name etc.. cannot
    –raise enough money to run the current campaign
    –maintain the large superdelegate number that she started with
    –even win most of the "Black" votes
    –keep her campaign leaders together,
    –win over this "unknown" junior senatro– Obama, then let her run as an Independent.

    I wait for the Republicans to lay hands on Hillary; they are quite ready for her. She would need to be away from the democratic party by the time Republicans get to Hillary. Good luck Hillary, run as an Independent candidate!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. 08ama

    This will be good until McCain realizes he is being beat on all points then see the events shut down.

    May 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. White and Old Minnesota for Barack

    Game on.
    You show him Barack.

    Obama Forever.

    May 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Kelly

    The bad reporting of the media is responsible for Senator Clinton's struggles in this campaign. All the major mainstream media and cable net work are to be blamed for Senator Clinton's current ups and down. The media has promoted Senator Obama from the beginning. While senator Obama is a good speaker, there is no way that he could be a better president.

    The media has been a powerful influential driving force in this society and they can make the weak seem strong and they can make the strong seems week. The less affluent people believes everything that they see on TV. And when the media help to paint an individual in the negative or the positive light by bringing out there so call political analyses, news editors and panelist to discuss these political Candidates. You are sowing a bad seed in the heart of the American people because people are not able to make up their mind about each Candidate, but majority are influence by the media especially when the media report so many negative things about Senator Clinton.

    The recent comment that Senator Clinton made on race was taken out of context. Every time she opens her mouth to say something the media twist it around. Senator Obama made comments about Senator McCain losing his bearings. Do you know what losing your bearings mean? Exactly what Senator Obama meant, he is losing it, meaning that he is losing his mind, meaning that he is crazy, he has a mental problem. This literally what the senator meant. The media knows this but they were careful not to report this to protect Senator Obama. Instead they use Senator McCann reference on age to down play this. I think this losing your bearings statement should be discussed in the context that the Senator Obama made this comments. This was no slip of tongue his body language and facial expression explains it all. And he should be reprimanded for this comment. He should not get away with this statement.

    If Senator Clinton were to make these comments it would be running the airways every five minutes. This is what I am saying. What Senator Clinton said about race is a known fact and she is not implying anything about racism. It was straight forward. What Senator Obama said about Senator McCain losing his “Bearings” was not making reference to the Senator’s Age, but his mental capacity. Senator Obama should apologize to Senator McCain for making this statement.

    Tomorrow is mother’s day say something good about Senator Clinton. If you are woman or a man that have your mother fought for you through thick and thin you will understand how millions of American feels about this Female President. Although the math’s doesn’t add up she can win. So stop saying that’s it over. It is not over until it’s over. Senator Obama should stop portraying himself as the nominee it is against rules. He is not the nominee.

    Thank You

    May 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. king from toronto

    The new face of politics.no one can't deny that.obama 09

    May 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. B / NYC

    Texas Stephen...

    We won't vote for him... Can you name five things that Senator Obama has done for his State or our Country?

    Two things?

    Thought so...

    May 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Arizonan for Barack!

    Bring it on McCain!

    Your advisors and supporters will continue in their quest to shield you from your "mis-speaks".

    1. The confusion between the Shias/Sheits/Sunnis;
    2. The inability to distinguish between Iran and Iraq,
    3. To help you recall whether you voted for Bush or not,
    4. The fact that you have access to your wife's millions without ever having to disclose or acknowledge how and when you use it.
    5. Your marriage to George Bush's policies on the war and the economy.
    6. Letting Joe Lieberman "check your bearings", and then tell us about it . . . (which is still disturbing to me!)

    This debate shouldn't take long at all!!

    May 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Obama 08

    McCain will not win. This country does not need another President Bush.

    Obama WILL win. In case you haven't been reading, Hillary is planning a exit stragety, she cannot win. Math is impossible for her. if you don't beleive me, go do the math your self.

    Bush, Clinton, Bush. This country isn't a Dynasty. 2 Families controlling this country for too long isn't good.

    It's time for a new face, a man with a vision.

    Obama 08'

    May 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    i think debates will be great. we can see about the experience in economics and world decisions come out .
    it will be eye opening to have them .

    then we will see who will be the leader in november

    BRING IT ON

    ONE THING FOR SURE ,CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.

    GO OBAMA

    May 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Obama's about to take McCain's candy away LOL!!!!

    McCain voters will be decreased to Rush Limbdic's & FOXNEWS supporters. What is that.... 3 voters for McCain?

    Let's Roll Mr. 3rd Term Mission Acommplished

    May 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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