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. Rodger

    Obama is a gentleman, McCain and Palin needed to speak up sooner...they are whipping their crowds into hate. Let's see if Palin can take his lead. People want to have the issues discussed, not lies and smears. McCain's campaign of Rove tactics wont work this year. Either discuss what you will do that is different or shut up!

    October 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Fred

    Godspeed President Obama.

    October 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. CindyN--PA

    Don't thank him for something he should have been doing all the while.
    McCain and Palin know what they are doing, and even Palin admits they are trying to make uninformed voters connect the dots they are painting.
    I just dont want Senator Obama to be a victim of some terrible act, by someone who was listening to Palin and McCains rhetoric and lies about Senator Obama.

    We just want you to remain safe Senator Obama.

    October 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Now that's what I call reaching across the isle. Good for you, Senator Obama.

    October 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Michael B

    So McCain did the right thing, Obama acknowledged that (right before going back-handed), and he gets booed? What's wrong with America?

    October 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    Thank you CNN, for showing the rest of America that John McSane's rallies are full of hate. Palin seems to be the new head of the Klan. She is truly a hater. They need to read our constitution, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..."

    Yes, Palin our founding fathers got it right. We are all created equal and we're endowed by our Creator. So stop being a hater and don't forget that Senator Obama is equal under the eyes of our Creator and everyone else (brown, white, black). Our Creator is colorblind.

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. mlantigua

    I must say that when I saw those videos and those citizens telling such statements about obama i realized, they are being fed by fox news. its sad how ignorant they are. How they think we will become socialist, how they think obama is a muslim and an arab. Thanks fox news, you are responsible for the misconception.

    by the way, i just found out the origin of the word maveric.

    In Texas, where, about 1840, one samuel maverick began raising cattle. Maverick failed to brand any of his calves- which led to wholesale rustling of maverick stock. From this, any unbranded animal came to be called "Maverick"

    Exactly what mccain and palin are unbranded cattle, to me. A repetition of bush and same heartless cheney with a skirt.

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Cecelia

    No weapons formed against Barack shall proper!!!

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. No Obama

    If Obama wins, this Country is Screwed!

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. sick n tired

    Yea thanks McCain but i dont think your babbling idiot running mate got the memo.

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    Don't defend him Obama, especially not the way they have trashed you. And they found palin guilty, what a surprise. Reformer my axx. Hope she serves time, she deserves it for the lies she's told against Obama.

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. fonzi, a true independent.

    Sen. Obama you have been very Presidential and I urge you to continue to be so. If care is not taken by McCain , he will soon learn that the line between a political rally and a mob protest is a very thing one indeed.

    October 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Mark Louisiana

    Dear Oboma's:

    "Whaa, whaa, whaa."

    You are both elitists.

    October 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Jessica

    John McCain is a man of honor and has respect for what is right! McCain's actions in correcting his own supporters at the rally is very characteristic for a man that is willing to take on anyone, including his own party and supporters when they act in a way that is inconsistent with what is right for America. That people in these comments suggest that McCain is being a snake or acting out of self-interest is clearly as nuts as those suggesting Obama is "scary" We should be able to disagree and debate policy differences and truthfulness without resorting to personal insults or outrageous attacks! It may be too late for McCain to win this election, but I am glad that people are getting a chance to see what type of man he is! It is a shame that this great man probably will not have a chance to be president!

    October 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Allen

    No I do not think McBush deserves a thank you. We now know that the black man at the McBush speech who screamed about Rev.Wright, was a plant by the McBush team. The black guy is a conservative talk radio personality used by McBush to bring up Rev. Wright because McBush had previously said that he would not stoop low to bring him up. So McBush used this surrogate to do his dirty work again.

    October 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. PDX Gal

    The only people that still seem to be rooting for McCain are the ones that appear to be grossly misinformed with no clue about the National Chamber of Commerce and it's grip on the Republican Party.

    I'm glad to see that folks are starting to get it. Maybe it took everybody losing their 401K's, but FINALLY it happened, and people seem to be more focused on the real issues.

    Where the heck were all of you 4 years ago? The only election reactions from the public that were on the news back then were a bunch homophobes that wanted a really dumb constitutional ammendment.

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Candy West Virginia

    dorothy – so all those parishioners that listened to their pedophile priests are guilty too by your logic.

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Why is it that everyone against Obama is accused of being a racist. What about all the blacks, including Rep. conservatives blacks who say they are voting for Obama because he's black? The only race card being played is by the Obama campaign and his supporters. If you want to know what Obama thinks, go to U-tube and reply one of Rev. Wright's sermons.

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Barack needs to shutdown the Daily Kos, MoveOn.org, and the Huffuington Post which have Obama supporters that make anyone at the McCain/Palin rallys look like peacful protesters in their commentary!

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Belle

    I still, as a Democrat, want to know why Obama just did not Produce the Oath of Allegiance in the Berg v Obama lawsuit. Why did his attorneys file a motion to Suppress Discovery?

    Is Barack Obama a naturalized citizen of the United States? Why did the DNC also file a motion to Suppress Discovery?

    Is this yet another attempt to hide facts from us? Why did Obama lie about his relationship with Ayers, and Rezko? Don't we as Americans, deserve answers? I am sick of the Obama channel...I want a little truth from the man who would be President.

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. cecil

    thug Palin

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Deanna

    Oh , please Obama , enough of all the rhetoric.
    What specifics have you actually told the American people about anything.
    Obama has the gift of the gab , lots of talk and promising a christmas wish list that makes you dizzy with delight.
    Time to wake up from the Obama coma , our country is in trouble and it is a frightful thought , to think that the likes of Pelosi , Reid and a weak man such as Obama would lead our country.
    Socialism would weaken our economy even further , America would turn into a welfare state.

    October 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Emeka Ogbolu, London UK

    Senator Obama,

    You have shown courage under the GOP fire with great concern for the American economic issue. Even though, they (GOP) are not willing to let go of their rhetorics, never let them pull you into their dirty tactics.

    USA needs a candidate with a sense of direction and an implementable plan of action from day one.

    You have got it, and during your next debate sell the plans well to the nation and let history be the judge of America's great democracy.

    October 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. cecil

    Mobster Palin And The Paliin "AIP" Pals

    October 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Ms Bell

    Let's all face it, Obama will be the next President of the US!! He was destined to reign!! Obama is intelligent, cofident, and knows what he's doing. This was prophesied byDr Martin Luther King years ago that we will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character, this is Obama, this man has character and integrity. This is what we need in the White House! McCain is negative and has a problem with his ego, he doesn't want this black man to beat him in this race. Too late McCain this race is over!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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