May 11th, 2008
09:47 AM ET
7 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. Roger

    I think its funny that even now when Obama is supposedly the winner of the Democrat party that he is going to lose so bad in West Virginia.

    May 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Anna

    It does not matter if Clinton supporters don't contribute to the DNC.
    Obama has gained enough new support in this party to more then compensate for this.
    The DNC does not need contributors who try to muscle the superdelegates and the elected officials in the Legislature.
    In addition there are millions of activists and anti Iraq war democrats that withhold their funds from the DNC because they have candidates like Clinton that voted for the war, voted for build up to war with Iran and threatens to obliterate an entire race of people.
    They will also contribute if the DNC gets its act together and promotes anti-Iraq war candidates.

    So get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand cause the times they are a changin.

    May 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I WOULD PAY TO SEE THAT.

    ALL WARBUCKS CAN DO IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT

    IS LOSE HIS TEMPER, WHICH WOULD BE COMICAL.

    May 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Bayou Joe

    McCain needs to reject this immediately. Why drag this piece of garbage into respectability by appearing with him. No way Jose.

    This not a primary when he can appear in a lovefest with Hillary.
    This is the main event. Debates yes, joint appearances no.

    Obama is not electable. Send him back to Chicago and his Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers groupies.

    May 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Nathan

    So Obama dares debate with McCain, but not with Clinton... nice.

    I also like how the comments thus fair are not at all about the article. But I suppose fanatics can't stop from attacking Hillary every chance they get...

    May 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. bigben

    haha you serious. 21 debates and Hillary won all 21. what a joke

    May 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Dems2008

    I think this is a great idea! I just hope the audiences are also chosen fairly. And can we have some fair mediators for a chance?

    McCain's speaking style is boring and unimaginative. Should be a blowout for Obama. Obama has really gotten better at debating–thanks to Clinton.

    (See an Obama supporter can say something nice about Clinton)

    May 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Kelly said:

    "Tomorrow is mother’s day say something good about Senator Clinton."

    Okay.... humm....... Hillary that MF'er will not win the nomination!

    How's that?

    May 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Michael irl

    At last a presidential candidate(Obama)that treats his countrymen/woman with the respect and intelligence they deserve.

    May 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Norman

    I was thinking as the primary season went on that Hillary was so self-deluded that she might run as an independent if she lost the democratic nomination, and lose she did. I don't see how that would hurt Obama, however, seeing as some of Clintons fanatics say they would vote for anyone over Obama. Kim Jong Il for President over 'Nobama' or whatever lame moniker they came up with in the past 30 min.

    It doesn't matter because she is old news; this town hall style campaign is a wonderful for the American people. They get to chose their candidate based upon his words and ideals, not on mudslinging ads ir cheap pandering. I respect John McCain for suggesting this; after all, he was the victim of the same political brutality the Clintons showed Obama this year in 2000, when the Bushies engineered one of the most heinous campaigns ever. (Hillary's was just as bad. And for the record, she would get 'annihilated' in a head to head campaign with a Republican.)

    May 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Obama is scared to debate Hillary what is he talking about? Obama is coming out like the won the nomination without all the votes being counted. We'll see how quick the media will turn their back on him when he losses in West Virginia by 30 points.

    May 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Chicagoway

    People here are asking why obama does not debate hillary again. Have you been keeping up with the campaign?
    -already over 20 debates
    -they are the same candidate with respect to alot of issues
    -the race is over
    Who are you people?

    I cant wait to see obama debate mccain. Mccain will lose a ton of support after any debate that obama destroys him in(which will be every debate).

    May 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. response B /NYC

    He debated her 20+ times you moron.

    May 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    I DON'T THINK THERE IS THE SLIGHTEST CHANCE

    MCFORGOT WOULD DO THAT. IF HE DOES, IT

    WOULD BE THE INTELLECTUAL SLAUGHTER,

    OF THE CENTURY.

    May 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Vince

    Hillary who?

    May 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Harry Page

    If Dem choose Obama as the nominee, McCain will surely become the next president. Obama can't do anything good but damage the opportunity of Dem in November election. Be smart and think twice Dem.

    May 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. m

    obama hasn't wrapped up nomation yet, and i hope he doesn't. i would like to ask you why you misreported on a piece that hillary had supposed to said. she was quoting the ap press,when she was talking about the white vote, you had it right on screen, but you would not speak the truth about it. that is very bad reporting if you ask me. in other words slander.

    May 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. jj langdon

    get out get out senator clinton

    May 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Jodie a white republican woman from Idaho for Obama

    Lets debate. McCain can explain his strategy for staying in Iraq, and he can explain what he's going to do to make it more successful than Bush has.

    May 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Pete

    To Jane in CA:

    This is one Democrat who will not vote for either Obama or Clinton. They have both proven to be those "same old" politicians, despite trying to convince the public that they are not...

    May 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. democrat

    I LIKE HILLARY, I THINK SHE'S A FIGHTER, A HARD WORKER AND I THINK SHE WOULD HAVE MADE A GREAT PRESIDENT. I VOTED FOR HER...HOWEVER, SHE DID NOT WIN THE PRELIMINARIES. OBAMA WILL SOON BE THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE AND WE MUST SUPPORT HIM AND SHOW THE REPUBLICANS THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. GO DEMOCRATS!!

    May 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Dwight

    great , debates will be eye opening .experience factor will see.
    especially when we talk about economics, real decisions that impacted our lives. how we should be already on route to helping our nation from oil dependency and still no one has addressed those issues.talking about saving and loan scandals , land deal etc.
    increasing medical cost and lower wages.

    we will see who will be left standing in november

    change is inevitable.

    GO OBAMA

    May 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. McCain Democrat

    I can just hear Obama in these debates:

    What McCain said is devisive.
    What McCain said is old style politics.
    What McCain said is offensive.
    What McCain said is dissapointing.

    But it's ok to make McCain's age an issue. Just as long as you say it really suttle like "he's losing his bearings." That way you can pretend like you didn't really mean for it to be an age issue.

    May 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Media blackout Date May 15th

    For those interested in a little light reading.

    1. Danny Williams (make sure you google with bill clinton)
    2. Webster Hubbell
    3. Tony Rodham
    4. Hugh Rodham
    5. Roger Clinton

    May 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Rob-BC Canada

    It is good that Obama is keeping his distance from Clinton now.It is very obvious that it is her intent to send the Democratic party out of the convention divided.She knows that every time that has happened in the past they have struggled in the Presidential race.It is her intent to make sure that if she is the not the nominee then Obama will not win.Very sad.History will not reflect well on her I am afraid.

    May 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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