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. Donna

    Dorothy–you rely on the gut feeling of a 14 year old? Wow–that's what I'd call an informed voter.

    October 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. DJ

    Dorothy, if you rely on a 14 year old to make a decision like voting... good luck on your life decisions. I bet you TRUST that PALING who worship WITCH DOCTORS from Alaska after being found to ABUSE POWER.

    October 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. rossy

    Dorothy, you said "Obama is a very untruthful man, to say the least"

    Are you just ignorant or lying to yourself?

    The person will need to be afraid of is Sarah Palin, woman who abused her power.

    Sarah Palin said to acertain party, continue with the good work. Good work? What good work, a political party that is against what USA constitution.

    This woman will abuse her power as vice president or president if she is elected or finally divide this country for what the party always wanted, we are all should be afraid.

    She only joined the republican party to boost her political career.

    October 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Mark

    McCain saw the polls again that said tone it down or you will lose in a greater landslide than usual. Then he tries to tone it down by saying things about Obama that he really does not believe to please the polls. He and Palin are totally responsible for stirring up the rednecks and getting them to mouth off at the rallies..Had Palin stuck to the real issues once in a while this would not have happened. She will be impeached when she returns to Alaska.. .

    October 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Heward

    I am very concerned about the racial undertones at these McCain rallies. It is good that he is trying to keep crowds calm because I have a feeling that when Obama gets elected there will be more hate crimes on the rise.

    October 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Patricia in Las Vegas

    October 11th, 2008 11:28 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I for one am really tired of the slime coming from the McCain Palin camp…you do have to hand it to poor old Senator McCain he finally did a noble thing and corrected that kooky old lady who called Obama an Arab. Rather too little and too late though. It did illustrate just how uninformed and lacking in reality the McCain supporters are …. that they would actually make that kind of a statement and believe it!

    Missed yesterday's blogs so want to add my two cents (if CNN will allow). As a Roman Catholic with Muslim friends I really took offense to the rude persons comments who abused the expression Enshala which means "God Willing."

    I would also like to comment on the beautiful Hopi belief that was quoted. It is very fitting that Senator Obama would use a phrase from our Native Americans (who by the way love him). He has the same love and respect for our country that the original Americans have. And speaking of our Native Americans, I would like to know why absolutely nothing is said about John McCains abuse of power with regard the the Navajo and Hopi in his state of Arizona regarding the Black Mesa relocation and Peabody Coal. When is he going to stop mining at the Grand Canyon? When is he going to address the toxic waste issues that the Navajo are facing due to coal mining from the past? How is he going to take care of the American people if he cannot even take care of the Native Americans living in his own state?

    October 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Tom

    That's the right thing to say, no boos from me on that. I don't care if it's true or not, it's good to show positive reinforcement for the effort and hope for the best. McCain got booed for his compliment, and it took guts to say that in front of his increasingly scary pitchfork-wielding base. You can't help that there's ignorant people out there, but in these times it is important for both candidates to be able to keep the fight in the ring and battle on real issues.

    October 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Rj


    October 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. larry

    after all the crap that McSame and his bulldog vp....or whatever kind of dog she is....after all the crap they said hell I would boo them too. CNN you guys need to find some real news besides trying to make something out of this. No one said kill him or and crap like that so stop trying to make something out of nothing.

    October 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. brian BC/Canada

    awaiting moderation: What does this mean? The whole World is watching this election, as we all have a lot at stake. Believe it or not, Bush and McCain have done a huge disservice to the rest of the World, and everyone in the World has a story to share on this economy.

    All McCain and his camp can do now is to resort to fear tactics. He can try to play the innocent man in this campaign, but I smell something real bad.

    October 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. chris

    you have my entire family's vote Obama – we need someone forward thinking that doesn't play on character fears or smearing.

    October 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Democrat

    John McCain should be ashamed of himself for instigating all of this. He not only incited people, but he stirred up bigotry and hate when he knows deep down inside that Obama is not what he alledges. He not only mischaracterized Obama, but may have put him and his whole family in danger with all the lunes attending his ralley. He woke a sleeping giant, (hate and bigotry) and he should be ashamed of himself....

    October 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Aviate

    So is the fact that an Obama crowd booed McCain somehow supposed to balance out recent McCain crowds calling Obama a "terrorist" and a "traitor" and screaming to "kill him"? That seems to be the implication here.

    Seriously, this was in Philadelphia. They boo Santa Claus in Philadelphia.

    Thank you for the "fair and balanced" reporting.

    October 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Rick

    Very Presidential approach by Obama.

    October 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. LRB

    Aaron from Ohio –

    All white crowds at McCain/Palin ralies? I sugest you check your facts before you make comments like this. I seem to recall that it was a minority at a recent McCain/Palin rally that begged Senator McCain to "take it to Obama" during their next debate...

    October 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Sue

    Why don't we ever see the faces of the people that are making comments about Obama? Are they planted at more of McCain's rallies? We know what McCain looks like, now let's see their faces instead of the back of the people making remarks against Obama.

    October 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. petena

    John McCain's own party is disowning him for creating an environment of hate, anger and racism. If some nut does something to Obama, you, Senator McCain, will forever be remembered as the person to blame. Do the honorable thing and take thos Ayers ad out of your campain. In every race, there is a winner and a loser. But a loser can win with grace. That my friend McCain is something you can show us you have earned.

    October 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. tulsa

    Maybe you don't remember the last time McNut ran for president he ran an add that said "when all you opponent can do is use smears he has no plan".

    October 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Anna PA

    I was at the first stop today in North Philly. I got down there at 5 a.m. and the line was three blocks long and many had camp out. It was great the energy was really high!

    As usual Senator Obama was well spoken and a solid leader! It was a once in a life time experience. If you get the oppoutunity I highly suggest seeing Senator Obama in person!!

    October 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Justin Time

    He's cool. Obama I mean!

    October 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Sure They Will

    Do you people really think either on eof these guys will "save" us.....they are the same person
    This is really starting to remind me of the year Jimmy Carter was elected....we all know what a total disaster that was.
    Putin and Ahmadenijhad are licking their lips at the prospect of eithe rone of these clowns being elected. A person with a little common sense has NO one to vote for in this election.....I guess its the lesser of two evils once again

    October 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. NC Staying Red

    The typical Osama supporter: "McBush" this and "McBush" that. Most of you couldn't articulate why you support Obama if you had to.

    October 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Roger

    How is it that seemingly every out-of-touch, fruitcake, racist facist is at these McCain-Palin rallies? Obama is handling this horrid display by his opponents like a true president should, by staying on the issues and not wading into the septic tank in which McCain-Palin are swimming.


    October 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Independent for Obama

    Deanna where the hell have you been for the past 20 months? Do us all a favor and don't breed, okay?

    October 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Terrell of Escondido Ca.

    It has become my firm belief that you,Senator Barack Obama, Shall become the next president of the United States. My thoughts and my prayers go out to you Sir. For the task ahead is daunting to say the least . And regardless of Who,Why,or Whatever befell my beloved nation. I believe that the buck now stops with you. I also beleive that the Republican Party as a political entity has run it's course for the forseeable future. Which I might add makes your job easier with a Democratic majority in congress. However, it is encumbent upon you sir,to now to unify the country behind a single minded purpose. And that is for us to once again become the UNITED STATES...of AMERICA.

    October 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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