March 4th, 2008
10:04 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama, Clinton call McCain to offer congratulations

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(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. Crystal from Texas

    I'm with John, Jen I think 98% of America will still sleep tight without your vote hun. Your almost as emotional as Hillary 🙁 so sad NOT!

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. kathleen

    Obama is a gentleman. Obama, Michelle and those
    two beautiful girls deserve to be in the White House.

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Nikki Wilkinson

    Hillary is surging–she's kinda like Rocky, who was on the ropes with a bloody face and hurt body but somehow summons the courage to win OHIO, RHODE ISLAND, and now is close in TEXAS. I think Obama's ties with the underworld is hurting him.

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Tony

    The truth of the matter, it that the notion that she will blow Obama out of the election, just isn't true. Sorry to hurt you Clinton fans feelings and your false utopia's on the democratic nomination, but I think we all know who the people want to run on the democratic ticket. I don't think Obama was being ignorant, he was being confident in that he will be the next president, who I will proudly vote for. So all you ungrateful Clinton fans with your false ideologies of her becoming the next president, I am so sorry to disappoint you LOL!

    OBAMA 2008

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. Shirley in California

    Obama and McCain are candidates with principles. I rather watch them compete in Presidential election.

    Hillary betrays her own party. She would rather squashes her own party opponent and promote the republican candidate!

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Darryl

    I am a OBAMA supporter and must admit that the comments from BARACK are a bit premature but they kind of remind me of when dubya made that premature statement of acceptance against Gore.
    It was accepted at that time, let's accept it this time! GO OBAMA!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Deb Rachi

    Don't count your chickens until they are hatched. Ohio is Hillary. Texas will prevail for the right candidate...Go Hillary!!

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Gil - California

    To Jen and any other "I'll vote for McCain over Obama" democrats, I guess we should just give McCain the keys to the White House now because I'll vote for McCain over any Clinton. You don't care if it takes the party down in flames and neither do I.

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Kathy

    How nice of Obama to congratulate Macain.Don't count your chickens before they hatch Obama !!!! I have faith Clinton is still in the game and my guess is she is going to be there in the fall

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. lewis


    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. SUE, Michigan

    Barack and McCain will both have us in a war in Iran before 2009 is over. Obama sounds more hawkish with each speech. Did no one listen during the debate when he said he'd bomb Pakistan and take us right back into Iraq? If he thinks this war was so wrong in his superior judgement, why isn't he talking about alternatives to combat? If Iraq was not a threat in 2003, why is he so willing to toe the Bush line and keep our servicepeople there? To compete with McCain?
    Sorry, I think Hillary is truly the only one to get us out and KEEP us out! And I am calling on her to stay in this race. People are finally starting to ask Obama some tough questions, and Mr. Smooth doesn't seem to be able to say anything other than "I agree with Hillary." You WANT that kind of leadership? No thanks.

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Sarah

    I called McCain to say Congrats Mr. President, because it does not matter which Dem gets the nomination, McCain wins.
    In our over-zealous support of our chosen candidates, both Hillary and Obama supporters have alienated the supporters of the other.
    Welcome to the Whitehouse President McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Iboman

    Please all you Obama haters grow up. Obama will do this thing

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Cynde Tagg

    Of course Obama called to congratulate McCain- he knows they will be running against each other in November and that is what collegial competitors do-Obama will be the next president-we are done with the lying/thieving Bush & Clinton regimes!! Go Obama.........

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. slax

    shut up. GO MCCAIN!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Larry San Diego/Texas

    It just goes to show what kind of leader the American public is choosing over someone much more experienced to run this race and WIN. Hillary is a great candidate and much more able to fight congress and the senate.

    That kind of attitude from Obama is just outright immature to say this early in the race. He talks of the negative ads and comments allegedly made by the Clinton campaign... but what kind of comment is this?

    Wake up Obama ! Hillary will take the White House in 2009 !!

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Louis, New Orleans, LA

    Good news for you democrats who would rather vote republican in the general elections, the trend is the other way round.
    More republicans are joining the democrats so your vote will not mean anything. Its time for the country to unite not devide. Together we stand and divided we fall. The entire country fall whether democrats or republicans. America needs to restore ints place in the world and that will not happen with this destructive political tactics. The dollars keeps depreciating everyday as compare to other world currencies. If that doesn't scare you all wait until the Euro is adopted the universal currency replacing the dollar that is when you all will realize what the republicans have destroyed in the past 8 years.

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. verdad

    Let the race begin Obama vs McCain GO OBAMA!

    March 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. R.I.

    That was one phone call that shoot McCain to his very core. Because it will be an impossible fight for him to win. But with Hillary – piece of cake.

    March 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Matt O.

    Obama will win. Period. He has a better chance of beating McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. slim

    obama first needs to thank all of the republicans who voted for him in texas.

    March 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. magicmatttt

    meanwhile Clinton will be nagging with the same old kitchen sink tactics

    March 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. BlueOkie

    Gee I'm glad he isn't arrogant...I wonder what he'd say about Hillary if she did that?

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Bubba Johnson

    Isn't it like Hillary supporters to take any chance they can to run down others? True signs of a campaign confident in their ability to win.

    Brett Favre never once had to talk about his credentials – every else did it for him.

    Too bad Hillary thinks she has to prove herself. It only shows she isn't as successful as she thinks she is.

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Sav

    Too many angry people here....just vote for a republican again, whats another 4 years of job losses, Iraq war (100 years), falling dollar, bankruptcies.....

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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