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. Margie-Military Mom in Va

    Very diplomatic of Obama to make the call, but very presumptious of Obama to say " look forward to runnning against him in the fall"

    Maybe something along the lines- looking forward to a great race between Democrats and Republicans in November.

    "Freedom isn't free"

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Barrister08

    CNN can go ahead and call Ohio for Hillary Clinton.

    Obama called the wrong Senator to congratulate...he'd better have Hillary on speed dial.

    Hillary '08

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Stan, Ohio

    I think he will have to congratulate him once again if he wins the Democratic party nominations.

    Hillary '08

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Max Neely

    That is the kind of guy Obama is, a cool civil and congratulatory type. This is the kind of guy we want making diplomatic progress for our country, not a divisive calculating rude woman.

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Joanna Ridlehuber

    Clinton is the fighter. She can go against McCain much better than Obama

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. Melanie

    Well done, Obama! I think you are way more diplomatic than Hillary.

    Obama '08

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. Independent American

    why are Hillary supporters so full of hate and negetivity?

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. ginger

    Where's Huck? Probably still hangin around!

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Nina

    I am looking forward to seeing Obama run for president. Of course McCain has more experience, he's what, 70 or so years old! lol. Come on, Do you REALLY think he's going to be around that much longer. Seriously, we need someone with some new ideas in the white house, Obama for president!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. Aaron - NWIndiana

    We need all these old people out of office. Its time for the newer generation. OBAMA all the way!

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. e

    I really don't think that there's anything wrong with Barack speaking as if he had gained the nomination already in such a public setting. Back when this race started every candidate was saying "When I am president" left and right...I think that Barack was just following the conventional expressions of confidence on top of being courteous to McCain; I certainly don't think that he believes this race is over.

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. dave

    the man is gracious to call the gop victor. give him credt for being presdential.

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Paul

    CNN and their political analyists continue to forget that Clinton
    won big in Florida and Michigan, delegates she has been
    denied, why would she consider droping out when in reality
    she probably will end up at the convention with a larger popular
    vote, you remember the will of the people....
    The Democrats let George Bush steal one election, are they
    hell bent on handing them this years election too by denying
    the rightful votes be counted again this year?

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. carol

    It was my understanding, the candidate with the most popular votes
    would be the nominee and superdelegates would vote with their constituents. Why do we have elections if the people are always

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. poobee33

    If Hillary gets superdelegates even from states largely won Obama, iI promise you that the democratic party will not take back the White House in November 2008. I will vote for Mc Cain so is many of my relatives.

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. CD

    I find it curious and confusing that Hillary Clinton and John McCain appear on your CNN political ticker band, and Barack Obama, who has won the last 12 primaries does not. I'm not putting forth any conspiracy theories (vast right-wing or otherwise) but I, and I suspect I'm not alone, would like to know the reason.

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  17. david mansour

    What gives Obama the right to tell McCain, that he looks forward to the General Election against him; what makes him think that he is the Democratic Nominee? Maybe he should wake up, since it is not over yet.

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Bill

    regardless of who youre fanatical about,,,, try counting. It really does look like Obama will run against McCain. Is this a surprise to anyone?

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Karen

    We the people can not make a true informed decision about Obama at this time. His integrity is no better than what they have ACCUSED the Clinton's of. The only difference is that Hillary has been in the public eye a lot longer than Obama has. Give Obama enough time and power, I fear, his true colors will shine. I cannot believe people think that this man's integrity is so perfect. I don't believe that all people are bad, however, given enough power and the opportunity it is only human nature to take advantage of an unlawful gain. We know what we are getting when we elect Hillary, she has a very strong positive track record. Obama on the other hand might be a sheep in wolves clothing, we don't know at this time. It scares me to death to think Obama may get elected, he could turn out like Bush or even worse? I am not willing to take that chance. My vote goes to Hillary, a proven leader, a proven responsible person, a person we can count on to make rational decisions at the most critical times and she is "what you see is what you get". No worries about another poor leader if Hillary is elected. Hillary knows what to expect and knows what to do about. Obama needs to continue with his political ambition as a Senator a few more years, and then we the people will be able to make an informed decision about him.

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Matt

    I can see SNL this week. Wolf Blitzer – "In the Ohio Primary, 90 percent Clinton 10 percent Obama....95 percent of precients reporting...still extremely competitive!"

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. KLC, Texas

    "Political positioning" means fooling voters. Shame on you, Obama!

    Tony Rezko is a big bomb for corrupted Illinois government. Sooner or later, we will know.

    Hillary 08!!

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

    More hot air coming from B.O. He is losing OHIO big time.

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Joseph

    Politics is growing negatively in America. Democrats may choose to be flip flop to give up the White House to Republicans.

    Obama is meaning every word to run McCain this Fall. Unless the Democratic party is giving up the race, then Hillary should be their candidate.

    Go Obama go!

    March 4, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. Toronto

    ow disrespectful of Obama. Ron Paul hasn't formally dropped out yet.

    March 4, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Joanna Ridlehuber

    I talked with many Texas Republicans and they were going to vote for Hillary against Obama. Good thing we only really had one Republican running!

    March 4, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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