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

Obama thanks McCain for efforts to 'tone down rhetoric'

Obama thanked McCain for his Friday comments.

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. nelda

    Obama has maintain grace and dignity throughout his campaign of 20+ months. He has shown more Christianity than any other political figure in recent years. This in itself speaks VOLUMES of Obama's character and he's going to be one of our finest and best US Presidents ever in American history.

    October 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Not This Time

    Obama maybe generous to a fault but I understand his need to stay calm and continue talking about issues that are important to voters. He is truly the bigger man when it comes to grace, Obama has endured more smear than any other candidate in history in my opinion. Being the first black candidate has alot to do with this. My fear is with all that McCain camp have done in the past week will only intensify 1 week before election. I have faith the American people will vote their interest in Nov. and reject McCain tactics. We need a thinker in the Whitehouse if we are going to see our way through this financial crisis and McCain/Palin is not the one's to do it.

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12

    October 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Nadine

    We already knew the image of John McCain; but Palin is a false prophet! She was put on the ticket to pacify the "religious folks". I say religious because Jesus warn us about those types of people. Grin in your face and smear you with their poisonous hate. This is not God's word. She and her dude husband who had no business in gov't official policies was exposed and now she's trying to lie about it. Look 10 republicans on that board (majority) ruled against her. When you play dirty, stuff happens.

    October 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Empire, CO

    dorothy, that feeling in your gut is indigestion, go take some maalox. You are a closet racist, and hide behind fear, and ignorance. You fear nothing, you are just trying to spread it. And ignorant people like you are what is holding this country back. We saw people like you at the McCain rallies this week. The democrats have this one in the bank, and we're not going to let McCain and Palin continue to bury this country in debt and war. When Obama wins the election, stocks will rise again. Don't worry hon, it's only 24 more days.

    October 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Marrissa in Burlington, NC

    THIS is the reason we need Obama as a president! never once has the obama camp or the majority of his supporters turned to the racist, misguided, false accusations that seem to come hand in hand with mccain-palin politics. it is shameful how their supporters are behaving – hollering out "kill him" at a campaign rally! even if they were speaking of Ayers, what happened to the republicans that chanted "USA" when they were emotionally charged by rhetoric??? Obama will get my vote and many of my fellow republican's votes because THAT type of behavior is NOT what MY party is all about.

    October 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Doofus Cape Coral Fl

    Dear Christina,

    RE: The mental Hospital – the sooner the better.

    October 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. James

    Dorothy. Apparently a majority of Americans are "trusting their gut." That's why Obama is leading. Most Americans can't stomach the idea of four more years of this failed Republican policy, on that really hits most Americans in the gut. Oh, and Palin's a right-wing wacko...that doesn't help the ticket's cause either.

    October 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. erika morgan

    I am heartened by the new found civility of these guys, lets hope we can all remember to debate ideas and uplift personalities. This is how I handle the sniping. What the candidate says of himself is what he wishes he was. What he derides in his opponent is what he knows he is. If third parties comment and the candidate does not immediately correct the comments they are to be taken as if they came from the candidate and to be inspected with the pre stated lens.

    I am particularly put off by the stock partisan rhetoric, he will tax you to death, he won’t protect your security, it will be a nanny state, that is socialism, markets will completely protect you, they spend and spend, misfortunes happen to those who deserve them and the like.

    If our dollars are not backed by real value how does the mere printing of more of them diluting them still further help? It seems to me this drives us further into the hole. If our problem is that too much credit has been granted on to little real value, I would think that it is time to create some more real value and stop the hemorrhage by limiting credit and demanding that the credit granted be backed by more substantial real value. This may be an endorsement of the earmark spending in the bailout bill as its best part, if the “play arrow” company keeps some jobs for the Christmas rush are not those folks creating economic engine for at least a few months.

    I am still a somewhat fence sitting voter. What will help me decide is respectful debate that outlines what the candidate thinks and why he thinks it. I will check this against what sounds reasonable to me, if I can follow the reasoning on enough issues and the reasoning is what I can agree with, then that is the candidate who I will select to represent me in this republic, because he most probably will use similar reasoning for unforeseen crossroads ahead.

    October 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Nina in Orlando

    Honorable men don't lie.

    Obama 08!

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Hey wait! Hes a nice decent family man....that nobody should be afraid of to be President!

    No wait he pals around with terrorists! No wait Who is the REAL OBAMA?, No wait he is Not an american, no wait he is a muslim!

    So tell me blowhard Republicans which is is? It cant be both....its got to be one or the other! The bottom line is that Reganomics and trickle down is not worked and will never work. Ronald Regan ran this country into the ground and it was not until Clinotn came in office that things were cleaned up! Now we will have to clean up 8 more years of your crap!

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Justin Time

    Hey Deanna, you say "socialism would weaken our economy even further". Pray tell, what do you call buying 300 billion worth of mortgages? LIke, where does that leave the guys who actually try to PAY their mortgages?
    Awaiting your deep thoughts on socialism, I remain,
    A Canadian socialist with free health care that works – and lovin' it!

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    Everything else is goping down for McCain, the bismal poll # and the failed policies he espouses, the lost of jobs and the economic downturn are a reminder that we can not efford another republican administration. Not after the last 8 years. No more repubs this year.

    Obama/Biden will fix the counstry create jobs and bring prosperity back again the ordinary Americans.

    The good days of the 90's will be here again.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. BES in Wilmington, NC

    Looking forward to McCain's town hall meeting tomorrow! I just hope I get the opportunity to convince him to start nailing Obama on his BS economic proposals, such as tax reductions for 95% (by the way, roughly 40% pay no income tax) and his health insurance for everyone. Ask Barry how he'll pay for that one and he'll just talk and talk and talk and convince his ignorant supporters that he actually knows what he's talking about.

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Bill, BN

    Republicans should stop trying to tie Senator Obama to an ACORN
    "scandal".

    The Democrats will not need to commit voter fraud this year.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08.

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Obama 2008

    To "dorothy"... You, my friend, don't have the love of God in you to make such comments. Did you and your daughter know that fear is from satan not God. God doesn't give us a spirit of fear. He gives us the spirit of Peace and Joy.

    And, let me say one more thing. If Rev. Wright was so wrong in saying what he said, then why are there still people saying they won't vote for Obama just because he is BLACK!!! "Why isn't everyone living in peace and harmony with each other?? Why are you and your daughter afraid of Obama and not afraid of those people in the McCain's rallies? Think about it...please!!!!

    You are not a racist just because you recognized racism and voice it. And, that's all Rev. Wright was doing. Please don't be so narrow minded. People like you love to put blinders on people and pretend everything is okay when it's not.

    October 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. xargaw

    "Aaron from Ohio" is right on the mark. McCain/Palin are drawing the racist, ignorant and angry undereducated that have been nurtured by Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage and other media morons over the years. This is the hate crowd, pure and simple. Fundamentalist zealots, white supremacy, and the haters are filling their rallies. They have fed this mentality with vile lies and smears and they are reaping what they have sewn. McCain was desparate and unwitting and I think he is surprised that all this has turned on him because he has no idea what he is doing. Palin knows exactly what she is doing. She has a pattern of this behavior. It is her method. In the end, both are reprehensible. Both have allowed ambition to overtake decency.

    October 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Dave

    Barack Obama is showing real leadership.

    October 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Commonwealth

    Dorothy, hey..wanna talk about 'angry racism'? What about people shouting such things as 'kill him' at a Palin rally?

    Oh wait, I guess THAT'S OK, right?

    October 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. deb

    Dorothy....Oh pleaseeeeeee! You make no sense.

    Yea sure, I'm going to let my 14 year old niece / relative influence my tax paying, family supporting mind, according to her "gut" instinct!

    How much homework as she done or you for that matter, on the candidates to create a "gut" feeling to know who is who and what they stand for?

    How has she contributed to the S.S. tax paying society?

    Does she have a job? Support a family? Pay bills?

    Her educated opinion was acquired how? To enable her as a correct justifiable opinion on your behalf to vote...accordingly?

    If YOU do NOT know how our government works according to country and State, you should not be voting!

    You would be doing this country and yourself an injustice by voting according to anyone's "gut" instinct.

    Get the facts! Know them! Then connect the facts to the brain!

    Gut instincts have nothing to do with it!

    McCain is full of hate at the moment, desperate for the sake of "winning" and his better judgment and pathways to running this country which will accommodate my best interests for my family are confused to say the least!

    Palin is down right unqualified, you betcha!

    OBAMA all the way, this time......

    October 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. me in md

    Since comments are closed on the Palin abortion article, I will try to post my response here.

    Palin said, during the VP debate, that her children attend the public school system in Alaska. If so, why are they not in school? School is in session in Alaska, is it not? Why are they traveling the country with her? Missing so many days a year will cause you to repeat your grade. Is that what she wants. At least the Obamas, specifically MIchelle, made sure their children are in school and not on the campaign trail.

    I agree with mojo – how can you be pro-life but agree with war, the death penalty, etc...? And once the unwanted children are here, pro-lifers are against any effort to protect and feed them.

    October 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Anna PA

    Hey ,Mark from Louisiana, I honestly can't believe there is a republican supporter left in your state. I guess your house and family didn't sink in Katrina and Bush's complete mistreatment of your state!

    Why worry about the others who did lose everything, it's not you right!

    October 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Janet, Arizona

    CNN, why do you have this story listed on your front web page as:

    Ticker: Obama's McCain comments draw boos

    Why are you also trying to stoke the fires of rage?
    Why are you feeding into the anger at the McCain/Palin rallies?
    CNN, you also need to tone down the rhetoric.

    October 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Docb

    McShames weak attempt to diffuse the blowback was stupid but Obama' is good at recognizing an opportunity to stick it to him and sound gracious...McShame can not deny it now... and it makes Obama look good and him look foolish..

    He did not even address the ARAB comment...We have many good American Arabs...they must be outraged..

    Article on Kos says Palin was paid by Alaska to attend church!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Gabe Louisiana

    Mr. Obama keep fighting sir, and louisiana will follow

    October 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. gEnie

    Obama/Biden, are the hope for the better future for every human being live in America and the rest of the world.

    October 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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