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. Eric

    Obama does not have enough experience to lead the country at this point. If you don't believe me, do some research. He's a well spoken, intelligent and educated candidate but that's all. If he's elected, then we're in no better place than we were. I'm a minority but I don't think Obama is good enough to lead based on his experience in the U.S. Senate and his prior experience in the State Government. He has only served 4 years in the U.S. Senate from 2004-2008. As much as I disagree with McCain on some key issues but he's the lesser of the two evils. He has the experience.

    I encourage everyone to do your research before making any of your decisions. Being informed is crucial. Do not base all your decision from Radio or News. They are often bias. You should get the fact.

    June 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. A.J. in Fla

    It is my hope that both Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain will be able to debate "one on one" without having to be referee but any mamber of the media, specially CNN,NBC, MSNBC and be subjected to the same stupid, moronic, imbecilic, inconsequencial, infantile, unrealistic usual questions about social issues ie: abortion, gay issues, religion, race, affirmative action, candidates and spouses personal life issues, and let both gentlemen debate best ways to improve life in America for those whop suffer disatvantages, how to maintain the best life style and economy in the universe for those who have succeded and those with the potential to suceed, how to end the war in victory, stop accusing each other, promise only what they can deliver, stop the lies about universal health insurance and the unrealistic promises of riches, specially for those that refuse to do for themselves ans spect that the goverment will provide for them.
    (that's is socialisim /communisim ), engage in actions that will help the environment and tell those radical environmentalist to take a hike.

    June 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Barb

    Hopefully some of these writers will put aside the slams on both candidates (in other words, grow up!) and listen carefully when they begin their townhall meetings. Listen carefully, try to put aside your political party bias and pay attention to what really matters. What these candidates each pledges to do to begin healing America. And, even before that, try to realize that Obama is very much a patriot, and great man, though I believe a bit inexperienced. McCain, on the other hand, is NOT "McBush"....if you listen carefully, he is proposing ANYTHING BUT

    June 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. cbk16

    Both will be civil, it seem like it is in both of their natures to be kind. It is the other groups like Moveon.org and the swiftboat orgainzations that will do the dirty work. Even if the candates are so pure they do not want negative adds, this campain will have the most negative adds in history due to third parties. The stuff that can be said about Obama with Wright and Obama's not soluting the flag, his wife not proud of her country comments will get the most negative play.

    June 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Judy - Wyoming

    After reading through all the above notes, I don't see how either candidate can move this country in a new direction. I am an independent voter who is as yet undecided but am totally turned off by the Obama supporters vitriol about McCain. Every time one of you mouths off like you have above, you look like Kool-Aid drinking fools. Let's face the facts, both candidates have problems. Neither of them are perfect and neither of them will be able to do what they want to accomplish unless they can bridge the partisan gap in the Congress. McCain has angered the GOP many times in the past by crossing party lines and Mr. Obama, in his short time in the US Senate and his times in the Illinois legislature has never crossed party lines. Time will tell but it sure would be nice if the respective supporters could act civil too.

    June 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Barb

    Hopefully some of these writers will put aside the slams on both candidates (in other words, grow up!) and listen carefully when they begin their townhall meetings. Listen carefully, try to put aside your political party bias and pay attention to what really matters. What these candidates each pledges to do to begin healing America. And, even before that, try to realize that Obama is very much a patriot, and great man, though I believe a bit inexperienced. McCain, on the other hand, is NOT "McBush"....if you listen carefully, he is proposing ANYTHING BUT four more years of Bush. Unfortunately, Obama used that strategy every time he had the chance. We need to be real careful, our country needs to do some serious healing, so let's drop the insults on both candidates and listen to what each has to say...rather than nixing either one before they have a chance.

    June 5, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Informed voter from florida

    Funny how during this entire campaign, no one has asked me who I am voting for. No pollsters have contacted me so how is Obama and mcCain neck and neck? This Clinton Voter will be voting McCain in November!

    June 5, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. PL

    As a republican, while I was admiring the accomplishment of both candidates, Clinton and Obama, I was troubled by the uncivil, hateful and unnecessary attacks by supporters of both camps against each other, especially from the Obama supporters. These personal attacks do no good to your candidate, nor your party, nor your country.
    I worried how this kind of attacks will escalate when the focus is not on senator Clinton anymore. Well it has begun.
    Unless your number is (or you are) insignificant as Obama supporters, how can he go forward in uniting the country as he campaigns for when you are so hateful?
    I commend his ability to have garnered the support he has so far, his ability to inspire and motivate, his ideals, even though I will not vote for him for personal principle reasons.

    June 5, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Olivia


    Who needs vetting? Say again?

    Cool it, Obama supporters. You've been rough on Hillary today

    June 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. RJ, CA

    If John McCain appears a bit “stiff” to you, rather than “bouncy” like Senator Obama, here’s why:

    • In 1967 McCain escaped from his burning jet during the USS Forrestal fire. While helping another pilot escape, exploded bomb fragments struck him in the legs and chest.
    • Later that year, his Skyhawk was shot down over Hanoi.
    • McCain fractured both arms and a leg, and then nearly drowned, when he parachuted into a lake.
    • After he regained consciousness, a crowd attacked him, crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt, and bayoneted him.
    • He was transported to Hoa Lo Prison, the "Hanoi Hilton."
    • Now having lost 50 pounds, in a chest cast, and with his hair turned white, a program of severe torture began on McCain.
    • He was subjected to 2-3 beatings per week, as well as rope bindings.
    • His injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.
    • McCain was put into solitary confinement for 2 years.
    • Altogether, John McCain was held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for 5-1/2 years.

    June 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Trannon

    I can't believe McCain is even in double digits. Look at what the Repugs have done to this country the past 8 years! And this dinosaur with a dinosaur-mentality wants to continue.

    And 45% of the American people want him? I guess the Europeans are RIGHT about a great deal of Americans ... they really ARE that stupid!

    June 5, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Marge


    The Democratic Party can't understand why they are so angry and divided. This is God's will that the Democrats fail, because no one has the right to abort a child. McCain has promised to reverse Rove vs. Wade and God will reward him with the presidency. NO WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE MURDER OF A CHILD, EVEN A CHILD THAT'S A PRODUCT OF A RAPE!! GO MCCAIN AND DO THE WILL OF GOD!!!



    June 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Setemup

    McCain is a liar, an adulterer, and an enabler (helping his wife get off the hook for falsifying PERSCRIPTION DRUGS in the name of her emplyees - yep she got of free as a bird people)


    June 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. McCain all the way.

    Hillary was forced out due to sexism, and Obama will follow suit due to racism. Don't even forget who runs this country!

    June 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Now we will see that just as Bush's claims of bipartisanship were so much baloney, Obama's claims of bring a new way of doing business in Washington willfall into that same category.

    June 5, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Jane, College Park, MD

    McCain needs Obama to get people to listen to him.

    His campaign is broke. Exactly what would happen to the U.S.A. if he ever became President.

    As far as I am concerned, I am voting for President based on how they
    have run their campaigns ( Cost effectiveness, Lobbyists, drama, etc)- PERIOD. Guess who gets my vote?

    June 5, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    What’s amazing to me is that Hillary’s disciples, are so upset with her losing that they are willing to vote for McCain. Like Obama did something illegal to win or didn’t play by the rules. Obama has done everything by the books. He followed the rules and he won fair and square. Hillary’s disciples need to think long and hard about what they are saying. Voting for McCain would be like cutting off your head to stop a headache.

    June 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Michelle

    Both candidates need to talk to the American people.

    I would like to see discussion of issues in a townhall-style meeting, as McCain suggested.

    IMO Obama wants to skate on prepared speeches and
    canned answers.

    He wants to keep real questions of American citizens at bay so that no one really gets to know the real Obama. He seems to want to stay in a protective bubble.

    Obama wants to glide on charisma. Sorry, this isn't American Idol; it is the presidency and Obama needs to offer specific plans and answers.

    June 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. CD

    Speaking numbers Obama simply cannot win. 1. 1/2 of the voters that will not for him that would have voted for Hillary are not going to vote Obama even if Hillary is on the ticket, they simply dislike Obama that much. 2)There are more older white people in this country than younger college people and older (retired, etc) are more reliable voters. 3) Even if Obama gets 100% of the black vote , which he will not, it is still not enough.

    Thje Wright thing is going to haunt him and cost him the White House. And apparently there is a video tape out there with Michelle O. giving a speech a Trinity that is not complimentary. Moderates have a greater chance than liberals to win the Presidency. Obama in no way shape or from is a moderate. And for all of ou who think ANY President will be able to just pull out of Iraq, you are very naive.

    The last thing – in head to head town hall debates McCain has a great advantage. Obama speaks well with a prepared speech but other wise he stumbles. This is not to mention that according to The Wall Street Journal article which is very accurate. Obama has to raise taxes on the middle calss by about 15-20% to cover all of his social spending. This is on top of the enormous amount he will raise taxes on the upper income people.

    This is not about Obama and the color of his skin. I wish he was a moderate or slightly left, I would vote for him. But, he is extremely liberal and his ties to radical black theology are going to bury him regardless of what MSNBC says to the contrary.

    I think America is ready for a multicultural President, just not Obama.

    June 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. William Courtland

    Hey Senator's!:

    Under the Constitution: the navy is required to protect and maintain the trade of the Union while in international waters and along its own coast, as the Postal routes are also under the duristiction of the Constitution, and as a great deal of telecommunications equipment is maintained in orbit, the navy, or mashalls office must also reach orbit in a method of protection.

    A solution to this would be to maintain a fleet of mini-three man ships which can sail the ocean while nearly reaching orbit.

    In space a station is required to maintain order, while a side organization supplies that station from the moon, while other corporations operate shuttle and repair services to satellites and allowing Naval facility on the moon to operate the mini-three man ships to reach orbit with levelled operations which reach orbit and the moon.

    This allowing space a clean and free range for shipping routes, transportation, and tourism.

    June 5, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Really

    This is the best the dems have to offer. With how bad the economy is and world affairs, this should have been a slam dunk for them. The dems are out of touch. Obama wants to divide our country. Look at his writings and the people that he considers friends and mentors. If it were the reverse. Turn it around. If he were white and going to meetings that attacked blacks, the person would be run out of town. Instead it is alright for blacks to attack whites. He does not have the character or experience to run even a medium size company let alone the United States.

    June 5, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |

    The absolutely most idiotic thing I keep hearing is that Hillary supporters and people that supposedly call themselves "former democrats" are switching sides to vote for McCain in November because of the MEDIA!!!

    Are you people serious?!?!?! You aren't picking a candidate based on merits....you are picking them because you feel the media (who are protected to share whatever view they believe in under the constitution) has been unfairly bias towards Obama.

    Do you care about the future of our country? If you want to make a point that is worthy of the argument then protests the media...or turn off your TV or radio....but try staying true to your own morals, ethics, and opinions and vote based on the candidates....please...thank you....good bye!

    June 5, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. The O

    Off topic I know but what a great day no Hillary in the news what a great day...


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. al

    I think it's going to be tough arguing with McCain. It's like having a discussion or arguing with my grampa 'coz they are already set on their ways. No more changing, it's my way or the highway. I don't have to listen to you son attitude. It is frustrating for Barak but I think he is going to show his playful charm to atleast respect the old man.

    June 5, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Diver36

    At a time like this it would appear that we (the country) needs a mature , level headed, seasoned ,gutsy leader and not some liberal kid who appears to be still in college with ideals that may sound great but are un real and could mean the end of our country as we know it.
    How long has Obama been in Washington? Has he even found the mens room yet ?
    Our economy is down but not out, Some of his ideas may help some people now but what about tomorrow? The usual democrat line is like Robbin Hood , steal from the rich and give to the poor. Instead , help create and maintain an enviroment where there are jobs for all that want one . To let those who want to destroy us know that we can't be pushed around and that we will crush all that try.
    Mc Cain is the person who can and will lead us through these very difficult times and not sell us out because of liberal idealisem .
    Catrer was a liberal idealest and we had Americans held by Iran while our military couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag . Do we want this to happen again?
    In 10 years or so Obama may have enough smarts to be president but not now.

    June 5, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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