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. JD

    I think Obama can really unite the country and move the country forward. His healthcare plan is really impressive.

    June 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. ron smith

    cnn is so biased for obama youd think that obama s campaign has been paying off this news organization, can someone check into this they did the same with hillary.come on cnn why dont you dig into how and why obama got the house and lot he owns,dig into that lets see if you have the nerve.and to all the ladies ,you were shunned by cnn ,nbc,all of them and most of all by obama by stealing florida and michigan, dont let them shun you again show them your power vote for mc cain and let them see that you do know whats going on in the world.

    June 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Nikki: I wonder what your idea is of an AntiChrist.

    Clinton supporters who are saying you will vote for McCain: A vote for McCain shows you do not buy into Clinton's message. It is a way to devalue her.

    June 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Mike

    To all the McSame idiots. I hope your children and grandchildren like the heat because next stop for them as per McSame is the sunny country of IRAN.

    June 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Donna

    If you vote on the issues:

    Obama has the exact same economic policy of president Carter there is virtually no differance. (do you remember 18 % morgage rates?)

    If the economy is your issue Obama is not your man , I know that only leaves McCain , but Mc cain's economic poilcies are very different from Bush's.

    Maybe come 2010 we'll be missing Hillary more than we think!

    June 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Beltway Insider

    They probably had a good laugh over the dumb chick who thought she could actually be president...good times.

    June 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. JMN

    "Both said they looked forward to a 'civil discussion.'" I really hope this is true. I honestly believe that this likelihood is what helped both McCain and Obama rise to the top–an "audacious" hope that an election could "go positive" rather than wallow in negativity. (THAT more than anything else is what "change" refers to.) And I hereby apologize to all Clinton supporters who felt "hatred and personal attacks" from Obama supporters. I hope we can cool down and realize that we are all–Obama, Clinton, McCain, and their supporters–on the same side: i.e., we love our country and want what's best for it. All this nasty blogging needs to stop; American politics is not the Jerry Springer show, and such venom is extremely unhealthy for our future as a democracy.

    June 5, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. DJ, LA, CA

    Obama – don't do anything to help McCain. He is just looking for some free air time. They will be a time and place for McCain to debate Obama and on mutual terms...not on McCain's terms.

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Phil

    Nikki : You should not be so hateful and call people names likes the Anitchrist, And I really don't think you can read anybody like a book as you say. I think you 'r just upset your canditdate didn't win, beleave me if he were the anitchrist you would not know it. So don't hate your fellow man, because we are all sinner, and when you call someone the anitchrist , you dam well better know you facts, I'll pray for and hope the antichrist don't come for you frist, scince you seem to know him so well.

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    Nikki you are delusional. Obama is not the anti-christ but a man capable of being greater than any President we have ever had.

    June 5, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. ron smith

    Isnt it funny obama got most of the young vote i wonder why could it be that all the young in this country today have a d average in school compared to the rest of the world,you could ask any of them about obama and they will know nothing they just go along with the crowd like everything else.

    June 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    Why is it all of the Hillary supporters would rather see Roe vWade end and add another war to our already overstreched economy than vote for Obama ?
    Are they ready to send their sons and daughers to Iran because the US reinstitutes the draft again ?


    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Prab

    I have a reminder to the so called Clinton supporter from Florida. By voting Republicans you are going to bring another Bush term via Mccain and in turn responsible for killing thousands of inncocent young Americans. Shake up your Brain as you may have to answer your kids and others for this foolish attitude. Also dont forget that Clinton wasall along selfish using the letter IIIII al along. Dont get fooled

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Fawell T.

    I believe the reasons Hillary had somuch vote was because Republican was crossing over to vote for her. They know McCain would be able to beat her. Anyhow, for all the people out there who are saying they are going to vote for Mccain because H. Clinton didn't get the nomination is the stupidest thing I ever heard. Those mindless people was already Republican give me a break because it will not work.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Ratgurl

    Hey John,


    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Fawell T.

    Talking about Obama does not have enough experience, I gues that is the reason our economy is so perfect now because George W. Bush had somuch experience when is was running for President.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Dave

    See where Sen McCain has said to stop calling him Bush. OK, no more McBush. How bout McWar.

    June 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. NC

    McCain need to use some of his wifes millions to support his campaign and get some fo those Clinton voters who is goung to vote for him to finance him they sure didnt do it for her,they didnt have any money so they let her get millions of dollars in the whole,please Obama dont go to those town hall meetings on his terms take him to your crowds and see what he will do you will see how he stumbles he never speaks in crowds such as yours,cant doit,lets challenge McCain

    June 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. kim portland, oregon

    i have a few little words for mccain's 20-million-dollar May: BAND-AID!!

    this is like putting a BAND-AID on the leg of a soldier whose leg was just blown off by an IED in YOUR war, mcsame!

    June 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. douadavid, PA

    Hello my fellow democrat for Hillary !
    She will officially end her qest for president on Saturday in Washington ,DC. Now , it is the time to choose the two major candidates to be our next Commander in Chief. I hope you know that John Mcain is the second best choice after Hillary. It is time for all American to pay back his family service that gave us freedom in this country. John Mcain served in Vietnam War as a fighter pilot and became a prisoner for 5 years in Hanoi Guine pig jail after his jet was shot down. He came back to us as our war hero and now is the time for us to say to him , thank you so much for our freedom and you deserve our vote. I am a new John Mcain 's democrat party. Obama deserves to be only the president of his racist church and go back to be with his crook friend in Chicago.

    June 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Rasputin

    Why doesn't one ever see Obama supporters criticize their candidate?

    June 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    Why will some democrats switch parties and vote Republican because Hillary was "Treated badly", or a victim of "Sexism".
    As if Barack had anything to do with that…

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it Bill Clinton that said "Politics is a contact sport…" And "if you can't stand the heat.." Oh, I guess that only applied to Barack.

    Please, let us put this foolishness behind us and unite as a party.

    John McShame has nothing to offer this country.

    June 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Chi4Obama

    "Booo hoooo,
    Hillary didn't win the democratic nomination like I wanted. So I'm voting for McCain"............Give me a break.

    June 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Tony C.

    If Obama talks about two issues at the same time McBush will get so confused he won't remember anything and if McBush yells loud enough Obama won't be able to continue because he'll be the guy who was given a wedgie in front of the girls!

    Too funny!

    June 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Ken

    Obama talking to McCain is like a college professor trying to talk to a grenade.

    It is QUITE simple: the [R]s have had all THREE branches of government for 6 years, and in just about every respect the country has gone into the toilet as a DIRECT result of their policies and actions.

    During that time, McCain voted with the [R]s ~90% of the time to perpetrate this experiment of taking America back to the Dark Ages. Since then, McCain has denounced or flip-flopped on the other 10% of his votes in order to bury his nose into the butts of the far right.

    Anybody who has paid attention for these last 8 years, who is not brain dead or retarded, would have to be MONUMENTALLY stupid to vote for McCain and a continuation of the [R] trainwreck.

    June 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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