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
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  1. Kyle

    Kelly (who wrote a ridiculously long comment)

    You say that the media influenced the less affluent, uneducated in this race. Well, isn't this the base that votes for Sen. Clinton?

    May 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Zion

    The Hillary supporters are just as ridiculous as Clinton. If I can't win, then I will ruin the party at all costs. Republicans must be laughing at the childishness demonstrated by Clinton and her supporters because according to Rasmussen, Pew Research Center, the democrats have the voter turnout necessary to get a Democratic WhiteHouse from the head to the tail. Also, I am sick of people screaming about Florida and Michigan. It is amazing that when Clinton thought she was winning, Florida and Michigan did not matter. Now that she is behind, oh let their voices count. Stop being tools.

    May 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Rich

    '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?'

    Sure, Pete. He was empathizing with people whose jobs had moved away and were economically hard hit. He was criticizing Washington for not better addressing this problem, leading many to view promises of change with cynicism. Obama is religious, so it's hard to see how you could argue him knocking religion. Ultimately his point was that IF the economy is issue #1, there needs to be a breakthrough in making people realize they should vote for their economic interests over issue such as gun rights or anti-immigration. I agree it was poorly worded, and I believe he has mentioned that on a number of occasions. The economic interest argument is the thing he has refused to back away from, and rightly so. Cheers.

    May 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. kathy in ohio

    karen g

    I agree with you totally , the media really thinks we will rally behind obama, the dont realize how serious we are

    May 10, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. jaisn, tucson, az

    This is so sad. I understand dissapointment, but ask yourself this. Are you voting for a person or are you voting for issues? Are you a Democrat? Does anyone here believe that McCain's values are closer to that of Clinton's than Obama's are? If you do, please leave the party. We don't need you here.

    May 10, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Inevitable

    nice one "Oregon For Obama" .............. they will i hope ...

    May 10, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. The Oracle

    I notice certain people are defending HRC's recent comments about needing " hardworking, hardworking white Americans to win in Nov. ". Well let me 1st say as an African American, I do not believe them to be racist. Pero, whats good for the goose is good for the Gander. The same people defending HRC now were the same ones crying like little punks over the bitter comment. Like a famous politician once said, "Politics is a contact sport baby".

    May 10, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Tony

    Mccain will be 72 if he is elected. 72, now most every 72 year old I know or have known is not quiet as "there" as someone in their 40s, 50s, or even 60s. You lose a lot with age, so give me a reason to disprove this? Also, Mccain's temper....

    May 10, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. FactsNotOpinions

    Every time I think I may be willing to vote for Obama, I turn on cable news and am repulsed by how the anchors and pundits smear Hillary Clinton; and my resolve to support her returns. Yesterday a rumor by Bernstein was rephrased as "she's muscling her way into...". There is no need for Obama to attack Hillary Clinton when the media does it for him. The vicious self-serving shrew she is portrayed as by the media is not the woman I see the few times the media bothers to televise her. Maybe Obama doesn't want another debate because more people will see her as she actually is.

    Obama often says the American people are smarter than we give them credit for. Does he really think so when his campaign is based on allowing others to do his dirty work for him while he makes moving speeches and keeps his hands clean?

    Remeber 2004 when the media helped "swift boat" and create the flip flopping image of the Democratic candidate. Look who we ended up with as a result. Obama is not Bush, but I think he should have waited four more years instead of learning on the job the way our last president did.

    May 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. edex, W. VIRGINIA

    FOR ALL YOU BLOGGERS WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF " LOSING HIS BEARINGS" AND MISINTERPRETING IT AS IF OBAMA WAS REFERING TO "MCBUSH'S" AGE SHOULD CONSIDER GOING BACK TO SCHOOL TO OBTAIN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL G.E.D. IT IS VERY SAD TO SEE SOME OF US (WHITES) ARE IGNORING THE FACT THAT THIS YOUNG BLACK MAN WOULD BE A VERY GOOD PRESIDENT FOR THE U.S.A INSTEAD OF TRYING TO VOTE FOR HIM FOR A NEW BEGINNING FOR AMERICA, SOME PEOPLE ARE VOTING AGAINST HIM BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. THOUSAND OF OUR KIDS ARE BEEN KILLED IN IRAQ BECAUSE BUSH, McCAIN AND HILLARY LIED TO THE COUNTRY AND THAT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU POEPLE TO KICK THEM OUT OF WASHINGTON? POEPLE WAKE UP. VOTING FOR BUSH THE FIRST TIME WAS A MISTAKE, THE SECOND TIME WAS DUMB, THE THIRD FOR MCBUSH WILL BE STUPIDITY.

    May 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Megan

    Wow. Did Bayou Joe just make a referrence to us being under islamic rule if Clinton is not elected? You have got to be kidding me. Why is it so many ignorant Americans are convinced that Barack Obama is from the nation of Islam? The man is an American through and through. If you are all true patriots and truly Democratic or Republican, you will vote for whoever the nominee of your PARTY is. Don't be a sad susie and vote against your best interests because you want some silly vengeance. You are the same people who voted for Bush two terms and now consider him one of the worst presidents in history. Grow up!

    May 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Rich

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

    2 answers:

    1. He appears to sometimes THINK about answering the actual question rather than throw out a canned response that doesn't really address the question.

    2. He's been raked over the coals before for making statements that are true but worded awkwardly. Hillary's equivalent is "you know," but I think most politicians have to choose their words carefully as they are held to very high standards on every word that comes out of their mouths.

    May 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Zion

    Karen G, correction, remember according to the polls, the Obama supporters are the educated group. Think before you speak, or maybe you're dodging sniper fire like Hillary.

    May 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. gammaraygus

    i have it high comedy when folks on this blog talk about clinton's "solutions". you do know that obama and hillary pretty much share the exact same solutions right? the difference between them is style and perspective. thats pretty much it. if you want to talk substantive, hillary had a chance to show her grasp of a very vital substantive issue with the gas tax holiday and she failed miserably. again her style was to pander to those misinformed folks who don't know simple economics. obama's perspective was one of experience of watching that idea fail miserably in his own state when he voted for it. he used his experience to make the better judgment and call the gas tax holiday idea the boondoggle shell game it is. so hillary with all her "experience" decided to pander to folks and obama with all of his supposed lack of experience decided to use better judgment and tell the truth. hillary was trying to score political points and obama was trying to be truthful. whom do you want for president again? peace be unto you!

    May 10, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Inevitable

    Hilary & many of her supporters IMHO are looking out for they own self .. they don't really care what's best for the democratic party ...........

    If you are a true democrat, you will back the democratic nominee no matter who they are ....

    May 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Peter in Canada

    It amazes me that 3-5% of a population (in this case Hillary supporters) talk like they represent 20-50%. If Hillary ran as an independent her total capture wouldn't be more than 12%. Yep that would work!
    Check the "Head to Head " polls for president, she pols at 3-5% above him period, that's all!
    If pollsters asked "If the nomination is stolen by one or the other candidaite in the primary who will you vote for?". If they did, right now Hillary would lose to Obama in the same polls by 25%, plain and simple!

    May 10, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Cami

    Karen G. wrote: "We just don't like the guy or the things he stands for, has nothing to do with race altough a lot of you would like to believe that it is."
    ---------------
    That's funny, since Obama and Clinton both stand for the same things, policy-wise. There is very little difference between the two of them.

    May 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Courtney F.

    Great idea!!

    May 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. jaisn, tucson, az

    I hope that ardent supporters of Hillary will follow her lead. If you note, that there has been little Obama bashing over the past few days. The Clintons are smart, and know what they are doing. It is more important that a Democrat wins this year than it is for Hillary to win in 2012. Don't do this yet again.

    May 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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