May 11th, 2008
09:47 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama open to joining McCain on trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. proud

    there's a difference between voting for a woman because she would make the best president and voting for a woman because "it's about time". hillary clinton is a very powerful individual, but not the best prospect for president. i believe it is unfortunate that so many people believe it should be her to be elected. my opinion is that it is merely a misconception by the people, and she is not the proper woman to be the first truly considered to be the president of the united states of america. here's to a fantastic contest in november

    May 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Gobo

    Poyoray: They are scared of Obama. They know that they do not have much chance against him in the general election.

    May 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. judyc

    To all of the Hillary supporters who say you won't vote for Obama-

    I am a staunch Obama supporter. I would be disappointed if he was not he nominee, but I would vote for Hillary rather than have McCain win in November. I personally do not want 4 more years of Bush's failed policy and I certainly want an end to the Iraq war. McCain proposes to have us occupy that country forever–and he admits to "not knowing much about economics". We are spending 3 billion dollars a week on the war–money that we could put to very good use in our own country. Not too promising.

    Please don't cut off your nose to spite your face–you will get what you deserve.

    May 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Jazzd 4 Obama


    Thanks for clearing up this misconception. It's not just small town Americans that are bitter and clinging to guns and religions.

    It's HILLARY supporters too!

    Bitter that they cannot keep the wheels on the Clinton machine rolling.

    Bitter that her close friends, insiders and supporters have stepped away from the machine because they know how ruthless, corrupt and divisive the Clintons truly are.

    Bitter because they know that Paul v. Clinton is going to BLOW-UP in November and there won't be enough pieces left for Hillary to get her OLD job back.

    Try a spoonful of sugar. I hear it helps get rid of the bitterness left behind when you finally realize that you too have been part of machine of LIES.

    May 10, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Bayou Joe

    Mimi De La Cruz. You need to have your head examined. You apparently don't know the History of your Hispanic Ancestors. 800 years of Islamic Rule. Do you want this in America too.

    May 10, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Therapy needed for Clinton supporters!

    so many posts i read suggest Hillary run as an independent. you people have got to be out of your minds. you sound like a bunch of sore sport, crying, whining babies. GET OVER IT! You don't want what is best for this country! You want what is best for your self absorbed egos. Go get a shrink for god's sake.

    May 10, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. The Truth

    Can anyone here make me a list of any Hillary comments that were actually true? It shouldn't take long. The list should be short and, due to the rarity of them, be quite memorable. Any time she states her name doesn't count.

    May 10, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Mike from WV

    Excuse me. If Hillary runs as an independent, what money is she going to run with when she can't even run a successful primary campaign with the best democratic brand in ages???

    Admit it, she FAILED. End of story. If a first term senator from obscurity can dismantle the so-called Clinton Machine in just 2 years, then he is a winner and deserves some credit whether you like him or not unless you despise reality and prefer fantasy worlds like Clinton.

    May 10, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. bruin

    Check the rules they are very clear.....If you run for the nomination in any Democratic or Republican CAN NOT run as an independant in that years presidential election. If you could do that, many would have done it already. In other words, whoever loses between Barack and Hillary will have to wait until 2012. Both candidates are excellent choices with very similar ideas and whoever gets the nomination will likely defeat McCain and do a great job as president. The supporters of the loser would be best served rallying behind the nominee instead of voting against the winner as sour grapes. Anyone who does a "revenge vote" will regret it in the future and it would be too late then. I love Hillary, but Barack is a great man and it looks like he has won this fair and square. Make sure the delegates are seated from MI and FL then rally behind the nominee which as of now should be Obama. Hillary is young and dedicated, as long as she doesn't burn any bridges by unfairly attacking Barack in the next few weeks, she will be able to run again in the future and she will win someday.

    May 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Dwight


    need to go back and learn what character is,
    if thats all you can say?
    issues baby, get to the issues any one can say dumb things.

    we will see you in november

    GO Obama

    May 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Fredric

    A post script to all those voters who if they can't have Hillary will vote McCain:

    Your childishness would be tantamount to overturning Roe v. Wade.

    Live with that if you can.

    May 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. rina

    What others are failing to realize is that this is not a racial issue and it is not pleasing at all when others are trying to manipulate it in that way. I like Hillary Clinton but I am not voting for her due to her color. The Clintons are "old new", We need something different, looking for an ultimate change - not old wounds to shaken again. I vote Obama not because of the color of his skin because it is way more than that. Obama is not out for publicity, you can tell deep within his heart that he truly cares about our country and want to see it headed in a different direction. We want to go forward, not backwards to clean up the mess that Bill Clinton left behind. We do not need this ... it is time to move on for the better.

    Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. The Bu

    I can't believe how ridiculous some of these so-called "Democrats" are. If your candidate doesn't win, you would rather vote for the Republican??? Good luck with the rising gas prices (what did McShame say he wanted to do?), home forclosures (McShame's not going to help you) and the war (Old Man wants to stay there forever). You'd rather ruin this country because you have bruised feelings over a campaign that got got ugly mostly because of the candidate YOU supported. Who cares if you vote Republican. Maybe that'll allow the young voter's voice to be heard. Sad day in America. Such a sad day!!

    (Obama OR Hillary)

    May 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Keith B

    If Hillary runs as an independent, the Democrats will lose the election. The Democratic vote will be split – with the races being as close as they have been in the last two elections, a loss of 1 percent can mean defeat.

    Please please please Hill, do not run as an independent. You will lose and destroy your parties chances at the same time.

    May 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Mike from WV

    This is for those democrats who want to switch to McCain if Hillary is not nominated.

    Go ahead, vote against your own best INTERESTS for everlasting war and the demise of the economy for a man who admitted that he doesn't know anything about the economy.
    This is not new....the republicans are VERY VERY good at getting people to vote AGAINST their own best interests by using useless issues like guns, fear, labeling everybody that doesn't agree with them as liberals and communists.

    What exactly can the republicans say after the last 7 years? ARE WE ALL FREAKING BLIND?????

    May 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Marlie:

    Obama Supporters – of which I am one – please don't gloat. Hillary always, always has something up her sleeve before a primary. Be diligent – watch for it. She's still in the race and anything can happen. BEWARE.

    May 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Mike from Westchester

    KAT: If you are right, you will sit home alone and watch Rowe v Wade go down in flames. However, you are most likey going to be wrong ... AGAIN!

    To all of you using experience as your main or only criteria, consider this:

    Our most experienced Presidents after the founding father generation were Van Buren, Tyler, Polk, Buchannan, A. Johnson, Garfield, L. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Bush 41. None make the list of top 10 Presidents based on the major polls conducted over the past 50 years, while three are in the bottom 10.

    Our least experienced Presidents were Jackson, Taylor, Lincoln, Grant, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, FD Roosevelt, and Eisenhower (not considering military experience). Six of those Presidents are on the top 10 list and two are on the bottom 10 list (2 of the 4 Generals).

    Perhaps personal leadership qualities are more important than experience. Perhaps when we don't have a good natural, charismatic, inspirational leader, we take a mediocre, but more experienced one. Fortunately, we do have an visionary, inspirational choice.

    Obama '08

    May 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. austbill

    McCain will eat Obama alive, anyone with even the lowest of IQ's knows this. Go ahead, elect Obama as the Democratic nominee and all of the world will see it before their very eyes. Even though I am a die-hard Democrat, I would support McCain as the presidential canidate over Obama.

    May 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Craig NJ

    Senator Obama will say and do anything to win presidency, but we Hillary democrats will never let him succeed. We will vote Mccain,because Senator Obama is and Kerry/Kennedy' s candidate. He doesnt represent us.

    May 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Doug, West Virginia





    OBAMA 08

    May 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Y

    Alot of Republicans are going to come over and join the party. I'm trying to picture what possible excitement there could be at a Republican Rally. I hope they don't copy Obama's slogan like Hillary did and say "Yes we will." Maybe the Republicans can say, "Yes we won't."

    Obama '08
    yes we can

    May 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Dewtrell


    You are a wise person, and THINKING person, which the polls show are in Obama's corner. Hillbots are not the most educated of the bunch – critical thinking and analyst skills taught in college are way above their comprehension skills.

    May 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. The Write-In Wagon just lost the second wheel !


    Hillary the Gimmick Candidate can sell her NY home to fund her Independent campaign. It's not like we're re-electing her in the state of NY anyway 😀

    I think we should change the rule since Hillary the Gimmick Candidate LOVE changing rules. 😀 Let her run as an Independent and all her die-hard super delegates should also switch parties and with one clean sweep this November, kick the old guards out of Washington with their do-nothing selves.

    THAT will be a CHANGE for real!

    Let's Roll !!!! 😮

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

    May 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. wygenia

    Kelly, where have you been? Over the last month actually up until 5/7/08, it was Barack who was being beat down by the media. I am sure your fingers are tired after typing that long blog which is so incorrect.

    May 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Danny

    I think Obama going to win the Stupid Democratic nominee but Hillary going to win in general election and Presidency. Do your guy know why
    Obama win Stupid Democratic nominee? because most of black people
    vote too many time and their across the State to vote again that's why.
    If Democratic never learn their going to see Republican sit in the White
    House again.

    May 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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