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. Anna

    Kelly,

    Losing your bearings has always meant to me that you are straying off a path.
    Think of bearings at sea.
    In the context of the discussion Obama was referring to McCains commitment to a clean race. McCain then interjected a reference to Hamas.
    This would mean that McCain lost his bearing which was to keep him on the track of a clean campaign.

    Clinton was clearly saying that Obama cannot win the uneducated white vote when in a competition with her and that this demographic was the most important one to the democratic party.

    Clearly she was saying that white people will not vote for a black person. This is insane and clearly not the case.

    If it were true she would be winning and she is not. If it were true the latest polls showing Obama beating McCain would not be true. But they are there, the latest polls show Obama will beat McCain.

    May 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Tom Nicholas, Holland

    I think the idea of the debates between McCain and Obama would be very beneficial to all voters. A lot has been said about Obama's lack of strentgh in security issues whilst McCain is said to have a poor economic policy. We want to vote the best man for the job and our great country so lets hear them.

    May 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Laura

    to kelly, I agree with you 100%. When I read these blogs, and all these attacks on Clinton, I see how people have been sucked in by the double standards. Senator obama, while he has made some pretty good speeches, doesn't quite measure up to the experience of Clinton, or for that matter, McCain. If we are to win the White House, the media better start spinning the truth, for a change. The stronger candidate is sitting there right in front of us... It's Hillary Clinton.

    May 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Pete

    Micheal irl:

    What happened to the comments made by Obama out there in San Francisco regarding how the Pennsylvania people cling to religion, guns, and anti-immigration. How can that conceivably be "treats his countrymen/woman with the respect and intelligence they deserve?"

    Any response?

    May 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Poppi

    Good ideal...!

    It should be more respectable and of more substance than the Democratic debates Obama had with Hillary...!

    Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    I thought small states didn't matter to Clinton...Check out some of the wins Obama had over Clinton.

    If the Clinton supporters are so strongly for her, why aren't they contributing? She had a phenomonal financial advantage prior to Super Tuesday and she squandered her money and now she is crying that Obama is outspending her because he spent his money more wisely and has supporters who support him financially.

    Why in listing the supporters of Obama do people overlook the white people across dempgraphics who do support him.

    May 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    SEN.OBAMA IS NOT JOINING ANY ONE.

    THEY WOULD HAVE TO JOIN HIM, IF

    THEY WANT A DEBATE. HE HAS ALMOST 3 MILLION

    VOTES FOR HIS NOMINATION THAN WAEBUCKS.

    May 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Mohammed

    Dear Kelly:

    your kidding right. So all the stupid mistakes the clinton campaign made, like not paying attention to any state that didnt have a primary, spending all their money on Iowa thinking that if they won that state, it wouldnt matter what other state came next, spending money uselessly on food, and i can go on and on and on, was not clintons fault. For the love of god, stop blaming everything on the Media. One can go and say the only reason Obama lost Ohio, Pen. was because the media kept playing loop after loop after loop of Rev. Right. You have an entire network in fox news who devoted literlay ENTIRE SEGMENTS to REV. RIGHT and the flimsy relationship with the weather underground member. for one thing, lets give credit where credit is due, and lets not blame the media for every thing. If you are running for the highst office in the land, stop crying when you lose. Clinton keeps saying she can take a punch...REALLY?? then why complain about the media? her cry baby antics in the debate where she quoted saturday night live was funny, and sad.

    As far as the media jumping on clinton for her white america wont vote for obama, please take a step back and read the implication. She is running for the highst office in the land and held to a higher standard. it does not matter what the polls say, she should no better then to make that statement PRECISELY BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS WATCHING HER EVERY MOVE. AND, before you say the media lets obama get away with everything, lets remember the BITTER comment. IF you were to listen to the entire speech, everything was taken out of context AND THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN WAS HAPPY TO TAKE THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT. so please dont go and cry fowel about a system that has taken everything out of context from Obama and Clinton. yes you might support clinton, but for the love of god at least admit that she ran a bad campaign and has no one to blame but her self for it.

    May 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Latina4Obama

    CNN the latest count of SD is

    Obama 275
    Clinton 271

    Yes we can!!!!!
    thank you Senator Obama for waiting for her to leave..

    May 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. The Write-In Wagon is Rolling!

    Millions of us won't have Obama shoved down our throats, and we don't want McCain. It's time to jump on the wagon and write-in Hillary's name on the November ballot if she's not the nominee. Let's tell Obama and the superdelegates what we REALLY think!

    May 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Danny

    Can the MEDIA and top Democratic leader call for Obama drop out if he
    lose in WV because she already won 4 of 5 big States and 1 draw after WI? If Democratic get the nominee to Obama we going to call Hillary run
    for other party because she might run stronger than Obama and McCain in general election. Also, this time should be Hillary time and she going to have more Democrat and Republic vote for her. Hillary run until end if they don't give Floridan and Michigan for you run another party you going to win Presidency.

    May 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter for Obama

    I would love to see those two together because what can John McOLD really say but repeat the same old republican rhetoric that only ultra conservatives still wanna hear. I read darn near all these blogs and even typical republicans are sick of him and Bush. They too want a change. So bring it on McOLD>

    May 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. George

    Jane in CA:

    There is very little chance that Republicans are going to vote for Obama in large enough numbers to help him. Obama has the most liberal voting record in all of the Senate and there are very, very few Republicans who could accept any of the ideas that Obama has proposed.

    Besides, in the three years that Obama has been a Senator, he hasn't united both parties, Democrats or Republicans, to any of the issues that he supports. How could anyone possibly think that he would be able to do that once he was the President?

    May 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Obama will NOT be president!

    Millions of us won't have Obama shoved down our throats, and we don't want McCain. It's time to jump on the wagon and write-in Hillary's name on the November ballot if she's not the nominee. Let's tell Obama and the superdelegates what we REALLY think!

    May 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Mohammed

    Dear Kelly:

    your kidding right. So all the stupid mistakes the clinton campaign made, like not paying attention to any state that didnt have a primary, spending all their money on Iowa thinking that if they won that state, it wouldnt matter what other state came next, spending money uselessly on food, and i can go on and on and on, was not clintons fault. For the love of god, stop blaming everything on the Media. One can go and say the only reason Obama lost Ohio, Pen. was because the media kept playing loop after loop after loop of Rev. Right. You have an entire network in fox news who devoted literlay ENTIRE SEGMENTS to REV. RIGHT and the flimsy relationship with the weather underground member. for one thing, lets give credit where credit is due, and lets not blame the media for every thing. If you are running for the highst office in the land, stop crying when you lose. Clinton keeps saying she can take a punch…REALLY?? then why complain about the media? her cry baby antics in the debate where she quoted saturday night live was funny, and sad.

    As far as the media jumping on clinton for her white america wont vote for obama, please take a step back and read the implication. She is running for the highst office in the land and held to a higher standard. it does not matter what the polls say, she should no better then to make that statement PRECISELY BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS WATCHING HER EVERY MOVE. AND, before you say the media lets obama get away with everything, lets remember the BITTER comment. IF you were to listen to the entire speech, everything was taken out of context AND THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN WAS HAPPY TO TAKE THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT. so please dont go and cry fowel about a system that has taken everything out of context from Obama and Clinton. yes you might support clinton, but for the love of god at least admit that she ran a bad campaign and has no one to blame but her self for it.

    May 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Roger

    Hillary will win if she goes Independant. Hillary did go through a slump during the campaign. But it was just because Obama's campaign played the race card on Bill Clinton and Ferrero. But after Jerimiah Wright came out, it's been looking good for Hillary and McCain.

    I just know some Obama supporters going to try to throw some kind of smear at this talking about Hillary's negatives. But, it dosn't compare to Obama's negatives.

    May 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Someone please tell Hillary the Gimmick Candidate the GOP called and left a message:

    They first wanted to thank her for her hard work in implementing the Karl Rove playbook in excellent fashion however they turned down her GOP Membership application. They said they cannot have a JUDAS in their party but again, thanked her for doing their dirty bidding.

    Hillary Clinton, the Gimmick Candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything '08 !

    May 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Substantive issues???

    When has Obama ever discussed "substantive" issues? That's really funny.

    May 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. KAT

    To all you Obama supporters who do not believe us when we say, we will not vote for Obama-you are so very wrong-if he is the nominee
    you folks just wait and see, most of us will exercise our right to not vote and we will stay at home and watch the Dems lose yet ANOTHER election. Obama is not deserving of the nomination. 176 days in the Senate, questionable relationships, no economical or internationa; experience-what a joke. He best hope that his supporters somehow figure out a way to vote twice-he is going to need the help. History shows that 85-90 of registered republicans turn out to vote-every election.-evenif they have to hold thier noses-they vote. The dems are lucky to get 65-70% turnout. So even if all you "newly registered" Obama supporters how up-you will increase the % to around 75-80%, and without the support of Clinton supporters-you lose. The DNC is shameful to think they can present such an inexperience candiate come Nov. I am not looking forward to 4 more years of Bush–as Obama and his supporters chant all the time-however McCain is not Bush. He is a reasonable man who may have some very good suggestions and ideas to help this country move forward. If not, I will sit at home-and watch the electorial map turn red. Yeah, there will some blue states-but not enough. Too bad the DNC refuses to see this, but then again, they have had blinders onthis entire primary season.

    May 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. poyoray

    Wow, the republicans give more respect to Hillary than Obama. Why would anyone think Obama is unifying?

    May 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Joseph

    All the people that continue to tell Hillary to get out upset people like myself who voted for her and want our vote to count. You continue to upset a very solid democratic base and are causing your candidate great harm. Florida and Michigan have not been resolved. The people in these states deserve to have a say in who will become the next nominee. This is not some stupid football game. Both parties agreed not to campaign or participate in these states. However neither candidate shold be saying that the votes of the people in these states should not count when the superdelegate make their decision. Every superdelegate that continues to switch sides also upsets a very loyal base and we will all vote republicans rather than see a bunch of weasels and wimps get the white house.

    May 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Poppi

    Breaking News Folks...

    Obama 275 SuperD's...
    Clinton 271.5 SuperD's!
    There's no stopping this Man!

    Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. ChrisNY

    I can't believe Obama is going to show his face in West Virginia after the comments his supporters left on an article concerning Sen. Clintons lead there just yesterday. So much for uniting America. Hillary Rocks!

    May 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. bigben

    the debate in Philly was awesome. boy was Obama weak.
    Btw why does he say uh so much?

    May 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Tom

    Obama – you yourself said Mr. Wright was a real issue in this election....................and there is so much more interested observers in the audience could ask you. We already know where you stand on the issues – "present" as opposed to yay or nay.

    May 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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