October 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama thanks McCain for efforts to 'tone down rhetoric'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/11/art.obamaphi.gi.jpg caption="Obama thanked McCain for his Friday comments."]PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - During his four-stop swing around the city of Philadelphia Saturday morning, Barack Obama acknowledged John McCain's efforts to "tone down the rhetoric" on the campaign trail.

"I appreciated his reminder that we can disagree while still being respectful of each other. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Senator McCain has served this country with honor, and he deserves our thanks for that," Obama told a north Philadelphia crowd, to a mix of heavy boos and cheers.

Earlier: 'Don't be scared' of Obama presidency, McCain tells supporters

At an event Friday in Minnesota McCain referred to Obama as a "decent person," and praised him as a "family man" after two voters expressed fear over Obama being elected.

Obama, however, quickly dispensed with polite talk Saturday, and pivoted to his main campaign trail argument: that McCain is out of touch on the economy.

"Senator McCain's campaign manager actually said that Senator McCain wasn't talking about the market because there's just not much a candidate for President can say - and they aren't sure what he'd say each day even if he did talk about it," Obama said.

"But here's the thing Philadelphia. They can run misleading ads, and pursue the politics of anything goes, they can try to change the subject. They can do that what they want to do because the American people understand what's going on - but it's not going to work. Not this time."

soundoff (704 Responses)
  1. bakersfield

    i know cnn won't let this thru
    why do we have a financial crisis?
    you can say greed but greed didn't cause it
    social engineering caused it
    forcing banks and motgage co. to sale to unquilified people
    the dems pushed for this
    with a dem controled house , congress and if obama wins
    not fear mongering but watch watch what kind of financial problem we will have in say 10 years.

    October 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Al P.

    McCain and Palin have been leading virtual brownshirt rallies. They have made baseless accusations, shouting them out until people in their "base" start to threaten violence. And only then do they try to back down, to explain that isn't what they want. (And Cindy McCain has the gall to claim that the Obama campaign is playing dirty? Remind me again when the Obama campaign tried to do something as ridiculous as accuse the other presidential candidate of "palling around with terrorists"?)

    Is this what four years under McCain-Palin would look like? Is this the sort of pair we would want to be in the White House?

    October 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. TK, Dallas, TX

    mccains denial of the accusations his supporters are making against Obama are not forceful enough they are tepid responses at best mccain/palin if they are going to refute the inuendos against Obama should do so together with more force and vigor but that is not going to happen because mccain wants to win the presidency and he has shown that he is willing to do anything to win. we are seeing the real mccain not the false image he has culitvated over the years with the help of mainstream media. we are seeing the selfish implusive erratic entitled spoiled brat that is the real mccain

    October 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. haiticuba

    mccain only calm them race hating rep's, after gov palin got it going

    October 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. AZVoter

    I think it's too late for McCain to stop the hate that he and Palin have incited and enflamed.

    They have sown the wind; we shall all reap the whirlwind.

    October 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Barbara

    I'll praise McCain when he shows a pattern of stopping these vicious attacks, including his own ads and his pitbull.

    I'm not one to thank the guy who helped me put out a fire when he was the one who started it.

    October 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Candy Wilson

    Now that is the way a nominee should act.. That is what will gain him respect and possibly votes.. But is too little too late?

    October 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. carolflowery

    off course, the liar speaketh, and this slaves listeneth

    October 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. John

    Oh please, Mr. Obama, oh great hopey one.

    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    EXCELLENT! Bear the torch of truth and love!

    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. jason, tx

    Now if we can get the Repugs. to stop being violent and spreading hate, we might get somewhere.

    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. linda n carolina

    Too late McCain and Palin...you stirred the pot and riled up the ignorant and now you want to tone them done. Bets are they won't let you and they will turn on you now! You reap was you sow!

    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. gobama!!!

    go obama!!! Where does that lady come off saying obama is an Arab... He is not!! He is not a Muslim either and he is a Christian!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Franky

    You know, I'm gonna be honest with you. I know the REAL Senator McCain, I know how he is!! As a matter of fact, I just don't like him BUT even I know what kind of person he is...

    But you gotta admit, he's never made the champaionship before. Sometimes when your in the champaionship, you just might a little too anxious of what you say or do. Especially if its their first time...

    October 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |

    u have my vote obama

    October 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Walter, Long Beach

    He would deserve praise if he hadn't been the one to gin up the hatred in the first place.

    McCain '08 is a new McCain. The old McCain would never had made baseless accusations about his opponent.

    The old McCain would never have hidden behind the skirts of his wife, running mate, and chief spokeswoman.

    If the old McCain had a problem with you, he would have told you to your face.

    The new McCain is a liar and a coward.

    October 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. CWW, Arizona

    Barack is better than me. If it took 3 or 4 days for an opponent, that is supposed to be honorable, to tell his supporters to stop yelling that I was a terrorist, a traitor or that they wanted me killed I would have something very different to say about him.

    October 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Bob

    This election is over and the zealot GOP'ers are furious because there is nothing they can do about it.

    October 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Listen to the truth!

    The TRUTH! Obama is lying to you the people. Please open your eyes and your minds and THINK! ADD it up! Obama will bring destruction and open the doors wide open to every radical group in the country and some from other countries. William ayers, Louis Farrakan, Rev Wright...GOD D@MN America! Is this really what you want?

    October 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. republicans hate america

    McCain gets the support he deserves an angry pinch fork mob.

    October 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. francis

    Now that is what i call A VERY PRESIDENTIAL demeanor from THAT ONE!


    October 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Dave

    That's the attitude of a President. Obama '08!

    October 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Irene

    Senator McCain needs to TELL Sarah Palin to STOP THE SMEARS, too! He has been leaving his "dirty work" to her.

    The kind of "smears" Palin was insinuating incite hatred....as evidenced at the rallies. Political campaigning is one thing, but the McCain campaign rhetoric of late has been downright dangerous.

    McCain should know better.........and Palin should, too!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    October 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. JC

    Statesmanship always trumps hysteria.

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Brenda R. Harris

    If McCain and his VP choice had not started this type of campaign it would have not started this form of mob attitude. Palin starts and finish with this tyoe and so does McCain,so you get what you got and they wil start a war right here in America. I pray that it does not start.

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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