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.'

soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. mike

    This moderators and journalists are so loyal to Obama. It's pathetic, my comments never get posted here, but always on the ABC site. People are right, CNN never talks about McCain and acts as if he doesn't exist. What about the Rezko story?? Obama definitely had a hand in some of those dealings. I read a thesis Obama wrote in 1995. His "change" everyone is so excited about only benefits african americans. All the references of change from the thesis represent the Black Value System. So all the caucasian americans voting for him and expecting this big change, you're going to be in for a big surprise. I think people need to get the Arby's sign out of their eyes. This guys not for the change you think!

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |

    Hey NIKKI

    take one to know one.........................................

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Ed

    The Republicans run a civil campaign??

    Since when has sharks become friendly to humans as dolphins are??????????????

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. 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 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. TESAP


    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |

    Some people on here are ridiculous. Nikki says Obama is the "antichrist" and you feel sorry for the people who follow him. WOW...what have you been doing for the last 8 years. If anyone is the antichrist it is and was Bush..who placed us in a meaningless war and is the cause of thousands of people..Americans and Iraqis deaths. Obama has only spoke on unity for all Americans and to end the war. As for "Hillary was Forced Out By Sexism" your opinion is so jaded that you must not even watch what Obama says. He has been praising her for her hard work and leadership for the past month. He even attributed the entire first part of his speech to her on Tues. Don't get so caught up in the fact that she lost that you won't do what's best for the country....and what's best is NOT 4 more years of Bush!! We can't afford that!!

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. TESAP


    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. jr

    It's obvious that many of you Obama supporters were never taught the meaning of respect when you were growing up, if in fact you have grown up.

    John McCain, unlike Obama has a life long record of service and sacrifice for his country. John McCain, unlike Obama has a life long record of pushing government reform. John McCain, unlike Obama has a record of reaching across the aisle to the other party in an effort to get things done in a bipartisan way. If you don't like John McCain that's fine, then show your dislike by casting your vote for Obama in November. Stop the childish behavior and show some civility and respect during this process and in turn your candidate will receive the same.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. 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 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Dee

    I am truly sick of all those Clinton supporters who keep whinning so much. She lost. Its that simple. They underestimated the thirst and hunger for change in this country. She did not have a game plan beyond Feb 5th. Now if you want to vote for McCain, go right ahead. Afterall, you have earned that right to vote on the backs of slaves who have sacrificed to give you that right. Please let Sen. Obama alone and quit the democratic party if you must. But for crying out loud, stop your bloody whinning and grow a pair.

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Mark

    I think McCain wanted to know if he would be covered under the universal health care plan

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Steve

    Obama told McCain to "..leave my Hillary alone".
    McCain told Obama "Hillary and her 18 million voters are mine!"

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Randy - Denver

    While I suspect that both men will try to run a campaign like statesmen I do not think the parties and their supporters can do it. The RNC has shown, already, that they are willing to take things out of context and use them in their advertoisments. I expect no better from the DNC. I also have read enough of these blogs to know that the SUPPORTERS will post all kinds of crap here and on utube, start e-mails telling lies about both candidates, and buy air time to twist and distort facts (swiftboating) from both side. So while the candidates may run a statesman like campaign the rest of the country will go back to cut-throat lies and distorted facts and both candidates will take the blame for it and we will spend the next six months hearing "I do not endorse that statement" and "yeah right they have their supoporters say it then deny it all politics" Too bad these are two honest, honorable men running this time and the hatreds in this country will destroy them both so neither would be as effective a leader as they could be. Maybe we can someday learn to disagree without castigating those we disagree with but like som any other things when people cannot find a REAL reason why their point of view is more correct they attack the other and the others points.

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain just wants to talk about war, that's all he knows. Plus he's boring as all get out.

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Ed

    A civil discussion? Just wait until the swift boaters start running those Rev. Wright reruns. I will betcha that they will even come up with a member of the congregation who will say Obama was hooting and hollering and high fiving just like the rest of them.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Jacklyn, NC

    It is nice to hear that McCain and Obama can talk with one another, but Obama is his own man and he should not listen to the Republican rhetoric of John McCain. It is only G.W. Bush talking just as he did in the 2000 and 2004 election to get people to buy into his foolishness to get the upper hand of his opponent. Obama, you are a very smart man so do not be pulled into this game with these thugs and if they want to say that you are being partisan, let them speak it loudly. These are tactics to use against you during their campaigning but hang strong to your word and do not be a softie and dive into their politics.

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |

    An email this a.m. from Hillary states she will be supporting obama. Sorry Hillary, but I WILL NOT. Just because you lost doesn't mean I suddenly think he's the man for the job.He is unfit as ever.

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. John in Ohio

    Anybody else amused that the McCain campaign commercials make him sound like he's running as a Democrat?
    Green Power promises? Check.
    Corporate Accountability promises? Check.
    Affordable Healthcare promises? Check.

    But these are all empty promises, and nobody will be fooled. If it comes down to voting for a Democrat, and a Republican who has to run as a Democrat-sounding Republican, the Democrat will win.

    Obama O8

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    This is going to sound really petty but ... putting aside the content of what they may be saying ... just listen to the tone and tenor of each of their voices. McCain sounds tired, old and a wimp ... Obama's voice is clear, strong and energetic. Why would you want to vote for someone who sounds like a feather could knock him over?

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!

    Dave........I heard that Obama said to him..I'm gonna whip that axx old man…CNN please look into this.cause that's a mean thing to say......
    PLEASE :FYI: if so it would be the top of (BREAKING NEWS)

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. DMS-AKA

    ok "Hillary was forced out by Sexism"

    Are you Serious...

    Obama continues to praise Hillary sooooooooo much he's making me sick........but thats the type of gentlemen he is...I guess no wouldn't notice a real gentlemen when you see one.

    Remember the Clinton slogan regarding politics.........

    "If you can't stand the heat get off of the kitchen .....its politics baby girl ....if you can't stomp with the big Dogs don't make up excuses.....

    Hillary ran a great race and yes, as women we are very proud of her accomplishments ..........but its over

    OBAMA 08

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. jaomi brasher

    Is this CNN or FOX? Take the worst picture you can find of Obama and the best of McwalkingCain and Obama still looks like our next President.

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. skylark

    Let us not forget that many voters only get their information from Headlines, email rumors and these posts.
    Everything ugly we say (myself included) is translated by them as something Mr. Obama said. They have not listened to what is really said by him and have not read about issues or ideas.
    As far as McCain, he should have been the target from the beginning.
    Because of Hillarys negative campaigning, the things she said about Mr. Obama are being used by the Repugs against him. Her own words on film. If Hillary had spent the last 16 mos.attacking McCain, instead of Mr Obama, I would have respected her. He was civil and respectful of her throughout even if we posters have not been.
    United we stand, divided we fall Dems. As for trying to threaten and intimidate I hope Mr.Obama will not succumb. Stand fast Mr. Obama and choose a VP who suits you
    Fire it up! Lets go!
    Obama '08.

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Michael

    The Anti-Christ, you have got be joking, come on folks there are to many very important issues facing this country to be coming up with mess like that. Is it possible to get serious about this campaign, is it possible to stop the mess about the primaries and start focusing on the issues that affect this country? Which is more important to you, your hurt feelings or the serious issues that affect this country? Calling Obama by another name or saying his is the Anti-Christ or a Muslim or the various things I have seen is ridiculous and does nothing but prove some people’s motivations and ignorance. Get mad at me if you wish but the truth hurts, this name calling is childish and stupid, people are not taking the issues seriously and people wonder why nothing ever changes.

    June 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. The Rev. Graham Matthews

    McCain is too old. The guy was in elementary school during WW II and actually remembers his father telling him that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941.

    Do we really need need a grumpy old guy who is past retirement age to be our next President?

    June 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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