June 5th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama, McCain talk

(CNN) - One night after Barack Obama officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, the Illinois senator had a short conversation with his rival for the presidency, John McCain.

According to Obama Senior Adviser Linda Douglass, the conversation was cordial, and both said they looked forward to a 'civil discussion.'

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  1. Ironman

    I dont believe HRC can undo what she did, It might be too late. Hopefully the history books will be kind to her and not call her the Great Devider of 2008. What do you call it when Democrats that support Hillery become bitter and want to just prove a point?

    What do you think the History books will say about HRC?

    June 5, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. kelly

    First, to everyone who will not vote for various reasons, what do you think will happen if you don't. You will still be unhappy no matter the outcome. everyone needs to remember at one time in this country, there were some among us who weren't allowed that right, you need to do it
    just for the simple fact you can. I have spoken with many people who have parents who migrated here and cannot vote but they made sure their children did and feel it is so important and cannot figure out why people with a natural born right are so apathetic about voting.

    Second, we are in trouble. Have been for a loooong time. No I don't think Obama is the second coming, but he does represent change. In more ways than one. Give the guy a chance, look at what he has done so far come out of nowhere to be the star of the show. I hate to say it , but he is our best option. America was loved around the world at one time, worshipped even, not so much now. We have had 7.5 yrs of a total image obliteration. I am almost ashamed of where I'm from. We used to be the greatest country on earth, but our citizens have been raped and pillaged by corporations and those in power til we are almost defenseless. Take back your voice and vote, for anyone just do it!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. adam

    I never thought that I will support McCain, but here I am thanks to mean Obama supporters! Go McCain! I will work hard with people around me to do the same!

    McCain 2008!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Dana

    McSame has too much to answer too. He comes off as an old man who don't know which way to go. Obama can help point him in the right direction.

    Obama 08

    June 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. A CANUCK

    I can hardly wait for the debates to begin....they will be awesome in so many ways. Go Obama2008

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. carl

    dccret...i agree with you....
    obama is the man for ALL the country..and especially us working stiffs...
    Too long have we been held prisoner by the wealthy and big business. Without us where would they be? it's time they be reminded of that. What ever happened to government by the people and for the people??? Seems like that is no longer a welcome statement in America. Perhaps Obama will revive it..

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. sharon everett

    i know all of you Hillary supporters who are disappointed that she didn't get the nomination you would vote for McCain but before you cast your vote think about that mom son or daughter who join the army so that they could get a college education and ended in a Busch war and lost a leg or life think about that when you vote for John McCain

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Valerie

    I would love to see the day comes when all citizens of the US can unite as one. I am proud of the accomplishments that have been made in terms of race relations. Those folks who will not vote for Senator Obama because he is black, just don't know how uneducated, and foolish they sound to the world. As an immigrant, I am proud, and I can only hope and pray that this great country will fulfill its greatness, and show the world how civilized we have become.

    I pray that those people who exhibit racist sentiments will take a deep breath, and understand how dangerous racism is, and how destructive it is for our children and grand children. Senator Obama will be for everyone, so those who feel threatened, need not be. Afterall, Senator Obama is from a multi-cultural background, so how could he be against anyone because of their race, culture, and ethnicity? Racisim is poisonous, destructive, and unnecessary.

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Kenny in little ol SC

    I think that if they are going to have a "civil discussion", it should involve just a few simple questions:

    1) When are we getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan?

    2) What are you going to do about crude oil and energy problems?

    3) Social Security/Healthcare? Your thoughts....

    4) Education?

    I think that if they give a straight answer to these questions, then I would take that over a civilized discussion anyday. By the way, I do feel that McCain is a little outdated to how things are going in the country as a whole, and you can't blame him because his age is the culprit.

    And for the record, I agree, THIS IS NOT A GAME. This is probably the most important election in history right now, up there with Bush II/Gore and Bush I/Clinton. What happens in November will probably effect is for 8-10 years, whover the president is and whatever term they serve.

    I do believe that McCain is not the guy for the job, and believe that a better VP pick for Obama would be Edwards, someone I like and is from my home state.

    By the way, who the heck is McCain's running mate? Have we heard anything else about that???

    June 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "HILLARY WAS FORCED OUT BY SEXISM!!! June 5th, 2008 10:42 am ET
    JOHN McCAIN HAD KIND WORDS FOR HILLARY.
    I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME.
    OBAMA NEVER HAS HAD ANYTHING NICE TO SAY ABOUT HILLARY,
    ONLY TO LAUGH AT HER AND MAKE FUN.
    HE IS AN EVIL MAN WITH LITTLE CHARACTER.
    HILLARY WILL ALWAYS HAVE MY SUPPORT!!!!"
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    Not true. Throughout the entire campaign, Obama has ALWAYS said that there were few differences between him and Hillary. That's the first thing you hear. He never got personal. He NEVER brought up personal problems like impeachment, travel-gate, whitewater, NOTHING.

    Hillary was the one that got personal, getting her supporters to send false emails about him being a muslim, ad nauseum.

    She was the one with the Kitchen Sink strategy, and he still rose above it.

    If you really want to support Hillary, then try to convince HER to be a bit nicer to her fellow Democrats. Save the nastiness for John McCain. He deserves it!

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Is Anybody Listening?

    NOW Obama proposes a” Lincoln/Douglas” debate to counter McCain’s initial proposal for a debate (such a debate is PRECISELY what Hillary proposed but Obama declined). NOW that he has his own thing in the bag (with the money of lobbyists), Obama wants to keep lobbyists out of the DNC - except that he will plant ANOTHER one of his operatives in the DNC - just like before. NOW that he has his own thing in the bag, he talks "tough" about terrorists - just like always. It makes me furious how Obama continues to steal other people’s ideas (even “Audacity of Hope” – Jeremiah Wright’s sermon) - and make them his own. IS ANYBODY LISTENING? What a fake and opportunist! I don’t applaud or support people like that! I prefer ORIGINAL thinkers.

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Julie

    Let's see how long McCrazy holds to his statement about keeping it at a "civil discussion". Last time he made a similar statement he starting with juvenile slams on Obama just hours later. It seems McCain has a problem with sticking to his word. Not only on this issue, but abortion, tax cuts, etc. He's flipped more times than Romney – or – maybe he just can't remember what the "mavericks" true convictions are.

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. MD

    John McCane is nothing more than a tramp who uses Bush to collect $35 million, only to break ranks with him a week later for political expediency.

    His speech on Tuesay was lame, childish, repetitious, weak, irrelevant, and dishonest.

    Obviously he needs new speech writers. Also, stealing Obama's message of change shows there is nothing original about McCane.

    One more thing: McCane should spend some of his wife's money to fix his teeth, if he going to continue to force his stupid on the American people.

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Jerry/ Chattanooga TN

    NIKKI,

    It is you and people like you that are living proof that Myopia is the disease that could be the downfall of this GREAT nation.

    IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE, OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE. This country cannot survive 4 more years of the same failed policies

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. MD

    John McCane is nothing more than a tramp who uses Bush to collect $35 million, only to break ranks with him a week later for political expediency.

    His speech on Tuesay was lame, childish, repetitious, weak, irrelevant, and dishonest.

    Obviously he needs new speech writers. Also, stealing Obama's message of change shows there is nothing original about McCane.

    One more thing: McCane should spend some of his wife's money to fix his teeth, if he is going to continue to force his stupid grin on the American people.

    June 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. peakarach,des moines

    I think 18 million of us strong must unite and join McCain campaign to defeat Hussein Obama in the fall,so we can teach them a lesson not to mess with Hillary and her supporter ever again.

    Go team Hillary!

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Fay- Tx

    Connie Sturgeon..........I think this would be all right if Barack does not let McBush dictate to him when, where and how the meetings are held

    You are SOOOOOO Right!!!!!! I was thinking the Same....HAVE A GOOD DAY!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Shane

    Are most people that short sighted? We will be paying an average of $2000 – $3000 more per family in taxes next year. We will have more social welfare programs with a government that is not able to keep them in check. Instead of paying for the medical expences of those who can't afford healthcare – our gov't will be adding the insurance middleman who will take their cut as well. Pork barrel spending will continue.
    I am an independant – but a Democtarically controlled house – sennate and pres will be just as bad as having them all controlled by the Republicans.

    Checks and ballances.

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. ledel1

    Hey Andy J,NY. So you are moving to Montana because Obama is a "socialist"? Good,got news for you,Montana voted overwhelmingly for Obama! Maybe they'll educate you.

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Elly

    I beg to differ @*hillary was forced out*

    Not *once* did senator Obama ever bring up any Clinton baggage
    but you can bet a truckload of it will come up from MCbush and the republicans if she is on the ticket!!!!

    senator Obama did argue on the issues and that is allowed!!

    americans are tired of carl rovian tactics!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Phil From VA

    Awww, here comes the sexism card again. 50 states voted and he won. get over it.

    June 5, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Will

    Obama supporters spout so much hate and negativity. For supporters of a man who you say will bring change and usher in a new era why do so many of you act like such spoiled bratty little kids? I mean we already have plenty of spoied bratty people now no change there :/

    June 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. FL for Obama

    Come November Florida will send McInsane a very loud and clear message... "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN"!

    June 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Party Crasher

    I see the republicans are up to their old tricks, trying to pose as Clinton supporters and alleging sexism and wrong doings from the Obama camp.

    Its not going to work Repubs. We are on to your tricks. The Democratic Party stands United.

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. james - Hillary supporter

    Simple, vote Obama! I respect McCain, but he will choose a running mate who will appeal to his base and will have a very real chance of being the next president (how old is McCain now?). I don't believe McCain means a lot of his positions, seeing as he changed them only when he was getting through the Republican primaries, but the dude is one scare away from a place at Arlington cemetary. And the reason he changed his positions (he can't really go for it next time, he's too old) is the very reason we can't vote for him.

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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