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
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. ashamed

    Is Barack Obama ashamed of the hardworking low-income uneducated African Americans that support him? Are they racist for voting for Obama?

    Then why do the Obama supporters feel that Hillary should be ashamed of her hardworking blue collar white supporters? Why are they labeled racist?

    What is the difference? Why the double standard? And why all the hatred and namecalling insults from the Obama camp?

    May 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. The Bu

    This campaign is allowing America to show her true colors, and they are not Red, White and Blue. They are the divisions of Black and White!

    May 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Mike O


    May 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. James

    This is a great idea. I'm sick of the Obama/Clinton debates anyway. Lets move on to bigger and better things. Obama vs. McCain...lets get it on.

    May 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Tony Z-MD

    I must say many of these comments are funny. So, let me address a few.

    First, the HRC strategy was flawed. There was no plan after SuperTuesday and she has $23M saved for a Presidential race. Why? She underestimated her opponent and the American people. Think of what would have happened if she was President.

    Second, Sen. Obama is capturing the African American vote. This is the same or similiar total that has supported the Democratic party for years. This is a non-issue if Obama was White. The question is why has HRC lost the black support. SHE TOOK IT FOR GRANTED. Less than one year ago, she lead Obama by 30+ points among African Americans.

    Third, Please review the DNC strategy of 50 states. It is not big state-little state. Take a look a the swing states- this was the original SuperDelegate support for Obama. If you think some of the states like MA, NY, CA and PA are going to swing Republican than let me point out facts. CA and MA has been democrat for some time. NY- if Obama was to lose this state HRC would be in a real hot seat. If Obama was to lose PA- Rendell would be in a real hot seat.

    Fourth, MI and FL understood the rules. HRC and Obama agreed to these rules. If Sen. Clinton was winning would they count. It was not a big issue until after she started losing.

    Finally, the Clintons have had many more scandals than Obama. Lets be real. From Pres. Clinton getting a BJ in the Oval Office, the current case in CA, and the list goes on.

    So, for all the folks saying they will not back Obama. That is fine. Don't complain when things get worse.

    May 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Sure

    He has shown how weak of a debater he is without his precious script! To all the Obama supporters calling Clinton supporters 'stupid' or 'racist' I suggest you grow up because you are not doing any good for the Democratic party!!

    May 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Write in

    I do not encourage any Hillary Clinton supporter to stay home or to vote for McCain (unless you truly believe he is the best choice).

    I suggest that we all request absentee ballots and WRITE IN Hillary Clinton.

    That way we follow our conscience by voting for the best qualified to lead our great country- and do not waste our ONE vote.

    May 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. albert

    as an american i think it's a great idea to let a new change in american politcs that the first black person that has a great chance to turn around the country and put the issue of race last for the betterment of the county i think that the ill senator wil make a great president

    May 10, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. R.S.

    Obama is making plans to debate McCain before he is actually officially named a Dem. nominee. Is that a joke?
    The whole Democratic Primaries campain is a total JOKE!
    DNC should be replaced.
    This shameful experience called '2008 Democratic Primaries' will go into history books and comic books. It's a farce, not elections.
    Party bosses have decided long before Iowa caucases who they wanted to be a nominee – Obama – and they did everything to tailor schedules and negative towards Hillary press releases to help Obama.

    But Hillary is a good fighter and has good chance to still win this nomination.
    Remaining primaries' voters – Please VOTE for Hillary Clinton! The only qualified candidate!

    May 10, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. texas cattle

    Kelly, I agree with you 100%.

    The main stream media has turned me into a republican. I didn't like Fox in the past, and now it's my favorite channel and many things they say actually make a lot of sense.

    May 10, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. The Write-In Wagon just lost the second wheel !

    Oh SNAP!

    Obama takes over Super delegates lead by 3

    Can't wait to see what the Gimmick Candidate will do next, maybe levitate like David Blaine? 😮

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

    May 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Mary L.

    Why are Senator Obama's people hanging around the courthouse where the Rezko trial has been taking place? Is Obama worried about his very close connection and dealings with Tony Rezko? After all, $625,000 was a lot of money to spend on an empty lot next to Obama's mansion, especially when Rezko said he was flat broke and was already under investigation. Interesting situation.

    May 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. kathy in ohio

    To all of Obama's people when he looses the election in november dont blame Hillary , it will be 14 million americans, that dont agree Obama is the best choice, we all have the right to vote for who we want so it isnt Hillary that caused the problem it is Obama and the ignorant comments of his supporters that have pissed us off so bad.

    May 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Kirk

    I' Rather have 4 Years Of John McCain As President , Than 1 day Of obama !!!!!!

    Hillary , McCain 2008

    May 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Doug, WV




    OBAMA 08

    May 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. SUE, Michigan

    A debate between McCain and Obama? That should be exciting-neither one of them can talk on their feet, and McCain can't even deliver a written speech. Woe to America if these two are our choice! We need someone who is confident, knowledgeable, and willing to take on Washington! Obama has done nothing in the Senate-why would you think he can unite the houses and get anything done, not that he has ever spoken of any real plans to begin with. He has lots of cute catch-phrases...but where's the beef? Stay the course, Hillary!

    May 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. DEE

    What makes you think that Obama is the best candidate to be president. He was elected to 2 years in the Illinois senate, and recently was elected as a US Senator. 1 year in Washington, he decides that... what... being a US Senator is not good enough. He wants the top job. Please, not another president who will surround himself with knowledgeable people....that hasn't worked in the past 7 years.
    Change can be a great thing, but real change doesn't happen over night. It takes knowledge, patience and fortitude to get the right kind of changes done.

    May 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |



    May 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. The Oracle

    Heres my take on this article, a lot of people are hurt. I can understand, a lot of people are scared of what they don't know. Some are "bitter"(Lol) that Obama is going to win and they're respective candidate isn't. Well, life isn't fair. But I'd hope so many of you would show yourself to be intelligent human beings and not get in the gutter. But as I've seen, most supporters take on the mentality of those they support. As far as the ageism, those arguments make me sick, there is none. People are just trying to find little BS to make him look bad because through issues and personality they can't. As far as the HRC supporters saying they'll go to McCain, I've got 2 points. 1st, if you really would do that, then you are not supporting HRC for her policies. You're supporting her because she is a woman, or because she Billy's wife. I say this because she and Obama are 95% the same on issues. So if you will cut off your nose 2 spite your face.....So be it. It's YOUR face. If through vindictiveness you vote against your interests you will have done more to prove you are mostly "Uneducated voters" more than any pundit or candidate ever could.....

    May 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Mike from WV

    Please everybody read "bruins" post just a few above this. Good stuff.

    May 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Andre

    I thought the goal was to get a democrat in the white house?

    I see the polls that say that lots of obama followers would vote for hillary if she won... but hillary supporters wont vote for obama if he wins. That's down right ridiculous. They're basically the same person with minor policy differences. Obama can just make better speeches and get young people involved (which gets more votes). I am a Hillary supporter but since it looks like Obama will probably be the democratic nominee.. I'll unite with my party and take back the white house from the republicans. All of you other hillary supporters who want to stay home are just morons in my opinion. You're only hurting yourself.

    May 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Poppi

    Well for your information MS. JOYCE IN FLORIDA… your vote don’t count, so your opinion is mute!

    May 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |


    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. In a hearbeat

    If Hillary ran as an independent she would have my vote and 14 Million others in a heartbeat.

    Either way, I will be writing her name in.


    She is the best candidate out there to lead us through the mess we find ourselves in.

    May 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. glhf

    That'd be interesting though I see a lot of the Clinton supporters believed her slander...incredible. He's done plenty and is MORE experienced and better judgment than Hillary so...go for McCain. He isn't the maverick that he was in 2000...he's a Bush clone now with a 95% voting record that matches Bush's requests! Can you live with that?

    May 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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