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. KC Atlanta

    Hey Rob, wait till the at least half the vote is counted before calling it for Obama!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. LMR

    Sinoe Man, I appreciate and respect your comments. While I am an Obama supporter, I would also like to recognize Sen. McCain for his honorable service to our country. I have immense respect for him and what he's endured in our name, but do feel very strongly that Obama's proven track record in working with members of both parties are what this country needs to start coming back together. You need look no further than this blog to see how deeply divided we still remain... and a house divided against itself cannot stand. I feel Obama offers us the best chance of beginning to bridge those divisions. Will it be easy? Of course not, but he alone is willing to make that effort.

    March 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Roxy

    Oh yeah, let's all continue to waste our vote on Obama. We must have not had enough of Bush's arrogance. Let's just hurry up and pick a successor!

    March 4, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Joanna Ridlehuber

    He didn't get my vote and am I glad! His call to McCain could have been too soon!

    March 4, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. simple thought ?

    will tomorrow still come ?

    wisdom comes with age.

    children of this nation follow your grandparents.

    they have always steered you right.

    March 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. thomas

    As a Democrat, if Clinton wins the Democratic primary, I will vote for McCain if Obama doesn’t run as an Independent

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. CJ

    seriously? reading most of the comments on here, I would think I am on a 4th grade playground.

    kudos to all of you on both sides who are keeping he commentary constructive.

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. KW

    It is right down stupid to expect that Super Delegates should vote based on what others have voted. That boils down to SUPER DELEGATES NOT HAVING A VOTE......and if that is the case....why even have Super Delegate votes if they are just going to copy the majority vote??

    To tell anyone that they have to vote based on what the majority have voted is not only UNFAIR BUT RIDICULOUS!

    It is the same as telling a Juror that it does not mater what he thinks, he must go along with what the rest of the Jury believes.



    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Yasmin

    Obama supporters see the move as gracious, charismatic, optimisitc and slightly tongue-in-cheek.

    Obama detractors/Hillary supporters see it as arrogant, presumptuous, and out-of-line.

    It's all about perspective.

    On another note, the trend I seem to be seeing is that Republicans are extremely unlikely to vote for Hillary, ever. But I know of several Republicans that would vote Obama if it came down to Obama/McCain. Anyone else notice something similar, at least among Republicans? Obviously, my polls are a little skewed, haha, but I thought it was interesting regardless.

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. LMR

    Lisa: "Apparently you didn't hear the CNN statistics. 25% of Hillary voters would vote for McCain before Obama. Wake up! The democrats will lose if Obama is the democratic candidate."

    I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. My wife will never vote for Hillary Clinton. And the rest of my family will never vote for Hillary Clinton. I promise you, if Hillary attempts to steal this nomination, as it is virtually impossible for her to gain it otherwise, Hillary will not just lose, but suffer an overwhelming defeat at the hands of those very voters she disenfranchises... voters like myself and my family, who support Obama. And every single Republican in the United States has been waiting for YEARS to cast a vote against that woman. To suggest that she is electable in a general election simply defies all logic.

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. PW

    Did someone allude to Hillary not being a gentleman?

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. HKnight

    I guess Hillary's scorched earth strategy will keep this primary election going on till we get to Denver. But can anyone tell me how she can realistically win the nomination, if as the pundits have stated, there are not enough elected delegates remaining for her to even catch up with Obama. Will she somehow go so negative on Obama and then try to convince superdelegates that he is unelectable this fall? This will rip the democratic party into. What disaffected Obama supporter and what Republican will vote for Hillary Clinton against a moderate John McCain? I would have never guessed that the Democrats would lose again after 8 years of George Bush. I am a six-digit income professional and have been a democrat all my adult life, but maybe its time to vote my financial status and not my heart. God knows poor white people and women are not ready for real change in this country.

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Senator Obama hasn't won the nomination yet. His call and that comment–looking forward to running against McCain in the fall–just considerably lowered my respect for him. Senator Clinton can still win!

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. ABDI

    I am Obama supporter and I think he is great guy who can deal with other countrys.Obama hope ends when u stop dreaming so dream big and hopefully u will be the next American leader and great hero.

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Sarah


    Not to point out the obvious, but the Republicans have used everything there is to use against the Clintons (Hillary and Bill). All of the Clinton skeletons are out.
    Also, hardcore Republican Ann Coutler is seriously behind Hillary, stating that she is the more conservative of the 3. What does that tell you about which dem can cross party lines?

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. Made in America!!!

    Just get down to it.. PLEASE!!! hard work and years of experience mEANS sooooooo much MORE!!!! GO HILLARY!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Noans

    Chris Matthews is right. This is all about Hillary and Bill Clinton's ambitions instead of the voters "spoken" (votes) intentions. The voters continue to speak loud and clear by voting for Obama and now Hillary is filing a lawsuit in Texas claiming Obama "stole " the election from her in that state. Gee, she's doing what Bush did to Gore in Florida, folks.!! Talk about divide and conquer and being a sore loser. Hillary obviously learned to become just like the right wing neocons she whines unfairly attacked her. This is exactly why voters want change and clearly Hillary is all about Hillary and business as usual, not change. Hillary is dividing the party and trying to scare voters into electing her. Shame on you Hillary. No change, just more of her obsession with becoming president and Bill, co-president. If they
    ( Hillary and Bill) cared about the voters and uniting the Democratic Party, Hillary would not be siding with McCain tonight by saying she and McCain are the only ones with enough experience and qualifications to be President. Thanks Hillary. The Republican Party doesn't have to do their dirty work against Obama because Hillary Clinton is now doing it for them with her ads, comments. and innuendos. Hey, Hillary, why not just run on the ticket with McCain?

    If Hillary wants a fight, Obama supporters will give her one!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. Eyes open

    People WAKE UP! Do you think the very countries we are having trouble with will respect the US if it is ran by a woman? NO!!! They don't even respect their own women. There will be a lot more war if she gets into the Whitehouse, not because she wants to but because they are going to look at the US as being WEAK and they will start this mess up all over again.

    She spends much of her time trying to undermind Obama and he in turn responds to her slander and keep on track with business.

    Thanks Obama for being the adult here! When he was in Austin he even asked his supporters to pray for the police that was killed on her rally in Dallas which she was 2 hours late for and everyone left. Is that who ya want? A procrastinator?

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. surrounded by idiots

    wow. I just love reading these ignorant statements about Obama being a gentleman. Like all politicians, Obama has skeletons in his closet too. Obama wants change? If Obama wins, all we'll have left in our pockets is change. If 8 years of an inexperienced president wasn't enough for you Obama supporters, then go ahead and vote for him, cause this country will just keep continuing in it's downward spiral with oSama as president!

    March 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Toronto

    what's wrong wtih Superdelegates voting for who they think best represents their democratic party. Oh yeah because Superdelegates are not Republicans or Independent voters.

    March 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. KC

    I hate when pple get all cocky just makes me want Hillary to win even more.

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. bo

    if superdelegates are to vote for who won the primary vote, then what's the point in even having super delegates?

    the whole purpose of superdelegates is to make up for people's stupidity. and so now ted kennedy and john kerry should support clinton because she won their states?

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. Melanie

    Thomas, I agree with you. If Hillary is the nominee, I'm afraid I will vote McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Connie

    It was very cultured and diplomatic of him to do that.

    Go Obama!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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