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. indy dem

    McCain just wants (NEEDS) some TV time. He's got nothing and every debate with Obama will prove that devestatingly

    June 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. indy dem

    McCain just NEEDS some TV time. He's got nothing and a debate with Obama will prove it

    June 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Manny

    If this isn't about race,why did I read several articles in Philadelphia area newspapers today which totally focused on the race issue? There was even on on the SPORTS page in the Inquirer.
    In addition, all you alarmists need to know that several news sources today used the "A" word to describe Caroling Kennedy as JFK"S daughter and there was even a more blatant reference to the demise of RFK as it is the anniversary of his "A". I certainly hope no one gets any insidious ideas after reading these inflammatory stories.

    June 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Doubting Democrat

    I am a registred Democrat, and I honestly do not believe that Obama will win the election in November. After all of the debates and all of the political ads, I believe the most Americans ultimately will vote for McCain. People will call into question Obama's ability to be a commander-in-chief, they will say that he has insufficient experience, and however unfortunate, they will look at his race and ethnicity. Hey, I could be very wrong, but I see a very large McCain victory on Election Day.

    June 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Alfred Rosa

    Obama must show respect to Hillary Clinton and the 18 million, including myself, who voted for her. I am waiting as I'm sure others are to see what Senator Obama does in the following days. My decision for the November election will be determined by his actions towards Hillary Clinton.

    June 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. MD

    To Kenneth M:

    You say that Russis chose change over the old guard. They certainly did. They voted for a young, dynamic, leader.

    The got a repressive, big government wanna-be dictator.

    I'm sure they were chanting "Yes We Can" as Putin campaigned.

    June 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary Clinton has no need to hang her head or capitulate to anyone. A pathetic media fires up Obama supporters unnecessarily by their constant negative critiquing of Clinton. It's to their advantage to keep the fires of dissent burning. So many simple minded people fall for the emotional fever pitch rhetoric, they are so predictable. Again, we ask where are the educated people in the Obama camp?? My advice to Hillary Clinton would be to run as far away from the Democratic Party as possible and take her family with her. She and her family have already been hacked up and picked over by the Obama campaign, the DNC and the media vultures during this entire primary race, not to mention her supporters and campaign workers. I am praying daily that the Clinton supporters, independents and all good Republicans will see through the Obama smoke screen and get on board with the only candidate left who can lead the USA to safety, President, John McCain 2008.

    June 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    A few people in here, regardless of your poliitcal affiliations, need to fix your 'caps lock' key.

    June 5, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Mike in Calgary

    "To walk with kings and not lose the common touch."

    One of the Presidential candidates certainly embodies the grace of which Rudyard Kipling spoke.


    June 5, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Brian Knoxville, TN

    John from CA,

    Not for nothing, but sometimes reducing taxes stimulates the exchange of goods and services, all of which is taxed. In other words, sometimes reducing taxes can actually INCREASE tax revenues.

    Of course, if we could tax flowery speechs and empty rhetoric, the government would just be rakin' it in from Obama's campaign every time he speaks.

    McCain for President '08
    Vote YES to experienced and qualified leadership from a moderate Republican!

    June 5, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. becky

    Lenny you need mental health care.

    June 5, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    To John from CA. If you reduce taxes, people will spend that money on good and services. Taxes are generated from those sales.

    Better to have a good economy and good tax revenues than a crappy economy with only slightly better tax revenue.

    You will never pull out of any economic downturn by raising taxes.

    To answer your question about paying the bills...you quit wasting money with wasteful, inefficient govt spending.

    June 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. ALuCaRD

    OBAMA and McSAME on the same stage the RNC is pretty desperate these days. John Mccain cant draw a crowd, he cant raise his arms up over his head, and he cant read, His recent speech in LA was the worst speech or attempt a speech I had ever witnessed. So keep your town hall meetings and draw your 200 non- objective spectators OBAMA will keep filling arenas and stadiums and any other venue he chooses, O and who want to fly on the same plane as you MCSame you know OBAMA cant sit in the Seniors section.

    June 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. JJ

    In Texas,If Republicans make up 9 percent of the Democratic electorate, the average suggested among major polls this week, Obama's advantage of 2-to-1 to 3-to-1 could translate into a 3½- to 5½-point pad ..

    Texas Republicans had a unique opportunity on March 4 to help deliver the final death blow to the Clinton campaign. Given the animosity that many Republicans have for Hillary it's no surprise that many of them cross party lines and vote for Obama. But Sen Clinton still give obama a sound whipping. obama will loose big in Nov.

    June 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Barack the Vote in RI

    Now that Hillary, her husband and his embarrasing antics are out of the way.....we can finally get down to business.

    June 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    John 100years McCain is joined at the hip with Bush, and he is also the 3rd coming of the Bush administration. Obama will make his case to the people and I suspect given that Bush's approval ratings are the worst in the history of America, it wont be to hard to connect the dots.

    Obama 08- Bring the troops home America

    June 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. canadian

    This is so strange to watch...I have been following these elections closely. Both candidates are equally qualified and did a great job in their campaigns..Obama got more delegates and those are the rules.
    Its incredible that American Democrats will threaten to vote for Republican if they do not get hillary on the ticket. I guess the country is in such great shape that it might as well be forfeited to McCain. This is really "baby" season...why don't people look at what the party stands for. Hillary will be ok..will America???

    June 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    People need to realise that just because a candidate votes against a bill doesn't mean that he is agains the concept. Chances are, the bill was crap and would not accomplish it's goal (like most).

    Perfect example is the GI bill that McCain disagreed with. It would provide extra schooling money tall ALL GI's, regardless of time served. This would lessen essnetive to become noncommissioned officers.
    Since McCain wasn't against the concept, he proposed his own version that gave more schooling money to those that had longer service. You won't hear this from barack and the dems who want to falsely paint him as being non supportive of veterans.

    More work = more reward. I know a lot of libs don't agree with that, but it's sound policy.

    June 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Peter E

    It is amusing that Obama supporters still spend so much of their energy spouting negative, personal attacks against Hillary, even on a topic like this. Give it a rest already! Alienating Hillary and her supporters isn't going to gain Obama any more votes! And like it or not, they are democrats too! But then again, even if your cat coughed up a hairball you'd blame it somehow on Hillary. Oh well, I don't mind really, if you want to make it so easy for McCain to take the presidency. I thought it would be more interesting of a race than that. But if the democrats want to destroy their own party...

    June 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    I agree with those concerned with the candidates' health during the upcoming debates. Sen. Obama could crack under the pressure.

    June 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Tony

    I got into a fistfight with a black man once. It was like punching a rubber tree. That guy was a hard one to knock down. The more I punched him the more he kept coming back. Because of this McCain doesn’t stand a chance. Obama is going to beat the snot out of him. I got into a fight with an old guy once too. I farted and he fell over. This represents how easy the fight will be for Obama. McCain is done!! Stick a fork in him.

    June 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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    June 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Julie

    Go McCain – here's a Hillary voter for you.

    June 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Sharon Minnesota

    Their civility won't last long. The Obama Network (CNN) will see to that.

    If you think the Democratic party was split between two candidates, be prepared for our country splitting and fracturing between several factions in the coming months. It's going to get real ugly very soon.

    My hope is that everyone gets all their venom out and over with by January of next year when President John McCain takes over the white house so we can be united Americans once more. Obama people, your time is coming to step back and watch someone else celebrate.

    June 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Peter E

    After all the hatred and personal attacks Obama supporters spouted against Hillary, alienating her supporters, I strongly doubt he'd have any chance of regaining several of the key states. With all the insults hurled against Florida from Obama supporters it is certain McCain will take that state. The same goes for Ohio. Perhaps even Michigan and Pennsylvania too. Obama will start with a huge deficit, thanks to his hate-mongering supporters, that he'll be hardpressed to make up for. And don't even hope for gaining any of the past red states. Obama is known to be the most liberal senator. Remember what that label did to Kerry and Edwards in 2004?

    June 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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