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. SS

    McCain Palin crowds don't care about the economy because they don't have a reason to worry about their large investments. I bet these people will not say a peep when Obama cuts their taxes...

    October 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Cyrus

    Every time Sarah Palin talks, an angel dies!

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

    He everyone! Please excuse the fact that I'm posting three times but I want to clear up this booing business.

    The booing at the rallie this morning I think lasted 4 SECONDS. No one there was booing Obama. We booed McCain's behavior over the past few days. Personally I think for they way they have gotten crowds so angry they deserve a 4 second boo. There was not one person at that rallie who yelled out one ugly thing about how McCain and Palin are running this campaign that only seems to happen at the repugs camp!

    October 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Saba

    Who is Palin?
    The first time that I saw her, I just did not like her boy languages and

    October 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. kim in GA

    Amen! Will nov 5th get here already, so mccain can try to regain an ounce of dignity.

    October 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Ron L

    I am glad that Senator McCain Has tried to turn it down a little BUT.. Governor Palin is the big promotor of this trash talk...

    The BIG problem with Governor Palin is ..she's just not that smart. No, offense it's just the truth. That is the reason the McCain campaign will not ALLOW her to do ANY more interviews without Senator McCain at her side?? Because she is not qualified and you can REALLY tell it when you ask her questions that require answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party..Do you REALLY want this type of person in the White House!! The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was….
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!

    October 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Lisa

    If you have supported McCain for the last few months, how can you be proud of his behavior in this last week. This man is acting strange. He and Palin are making these crowds go crazy by feeding them little signals about this dangerous man Obama. Next thing you know he is saying he is a good man. We Know Obama is a good man John McCain, you are the one with the poor behavior and the one trying to incite violence and hate at your rallies. Lets hope this path you have chosen does not bring harm to anyone, it would be on you!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Former PUMA

    Does anyone really believe McCain when he promises to balance the budget by the end of his first term? I can't wait till this campaign season is OVER!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Sharon Walker

    Dear Friends:
    How come MSN and all other analysts and the public have forgotten that Obama changed his stance so much since the primaries with Hillary Clinton?
    Can you count the ways?
    Dear Friends:
    I like Senator McCain, but this two faced SOB of Palin who said she supported abortion is the most wicked nanotech person on alive. Twisted like a coyote with rabies!

    Obama cannot know the suffering of a Veteran who has lost an arm, leg or legs, or eyes or part of or all of his brain and their families, or like Senator McCain. Nor can he understand the hate of veterans by a few enough like the Latino who saw the setting on fire of a Veteran, a man, a human, who felt every second of that raging fire of his flesh! This little teen that the witness is harboring is evil like Satan like hitler, like the men that torchured John McCain and other Viet Nam Veterans, like the terrorists that strung up our men in Iraq and tied them to electrical poles and turned on the power, like those that have been blown up! You are guilty and out their is the rage that gives American citizens many veterans, their families no home and takes their jobs.
    Drugs! Insane! You better be the evil one who set afire this Los Angeles man and committed murder.

    John McCain knows the fear of his men, his self, his military in action and so be under his command to being torchured. Torched for you and me as this citizen was and others may be. Veterans support your fellow man who knows what being in the line of fire is and all those who fought in the private military! All citizens who understand that other nations are not alone in the need to have a military to protect our borders. Latino we will not protect you and in your sleep and wake we want you hunted down for you are the likes that are here illegally taking our jobs, our homes and our peace.

    Tell the nations that have drugs and bring them here the war on drugs has not ended, The the ban on drugs for it destroys minds, bodies, brings disease, prostitution, evil acts, murder, rape, abuse beyond all imaginable and the cost rises as in the society of Afganastan. The world for the sake of all religions and peace of mind take out the mind control the popping of drugs and the brain, A BAN ON DRUGS AND POPPIES AND ALL TYPES EVERY WHERE. YOU ARE IMPOWERED TO BRING BACK THE LIFE, THE FOOD, THE SHEEP FOR CLOTHS, THE FIELDS OF VEGETABLES AND MORE. YOU ARE IMPOWERED TO SAY NO! JUST SAY NO!


    October 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. KBC

    It's about time. Senator McCain has sunk to such lows he's hardly recognizable anymore. I give him credit for telling the audiences that Senator Obama is a good family man, and that our country need not be afraid of him as President. Unfortunately, his campaign has been so ugly, and it will take much more effort on his part to redeem himself. I'm truly shocked at McCain's behavior over the last few weeks, especially since he knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of a smear campaign. Senator Obama will win this race because of his decency, demeanor, intellect, wit, and steady hand.

    October 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Wathcful Enthusiast........

    This Dorothy, where did you come from? It is because of people like you that America is in this situation........ Please think!!

    October 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. julius

    i just don't understand Palin?

    October 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. La Donna

    The Senator McCain that we saw on Friday is the McCain that I had grown to honor and respect. He stood up to his own supporters and absolutely denounced the bigoted statements from a couple of the audience members. He knows that those "fears" are not because Obama is unknown, new, or inexperienced, but because he is a Black man whose name is Barack Obama. The woman who stood up and called Barack an Arab is not alone and I am so glad she publicly stood and showed how much misinformation is out there. I am trying not to use the word ignorance in an attempt not to disrespect her but that is actually what it is. It is ignorance driven by racial prejudice, intolerance, and a mentality that has been ingrained in this society since the first boat arrived.

    Although, I strongly disagree with your politics, I thank you Sen. McCain for standing up for what is right and true at that town hall meeting Friday.

    October 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Cindy New Castle, IN

    My mom has the same gut feeling. She's not psychic either. It's fear of change. We're already down a very scary path.
    Get over it.

    October 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. arlene, CA

    McCain did speak up at his rally, but he should have done more of it long time ago. McCain has nothing left to do but attack, attack, attack. The fbi is looking in to the hate campaigning of McCain & Palin.That sheriff, wearing his uniform on Palin's stump, that definitely shows bullying, strong arm tactics. I don't think this type of campaigning will work, there is just no place for it in the 21st century. We have moved forward away from hate tactics. Not this time McCain. No McCain, No Palin, No Way, No How.

    October 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Obama presidency == American triumph

    Thank you, Obama, for campaigning in a positive, constructive manner, and for showing respect for your fellow Americans and for the people of the world. I think it is now clear that your attitude and your policy ideas are what the majority of Americans want and need.

    Please vote, everyone! Remember 2000 and 2004. Although Obama has a comfortable lead today, there is no doubt that every vote will be crucial on election day. With Republicans conducting voter purges, and with defective voting machines, and with dirty tactics like recorded phone messages to misinform voters or scare them away from the polls, etc, I fear that the election might be much closer than anyone seems to imagine at this point.

    An Obama-Biden team in the White House would be glorious. I think we might be looking at the Bill Clinton years of our time, but without the distraction of sexual indiscretions. I look forward to a turn-around of the economy, and better relations with the entire world, and a model of leadership that will inspire new people to consider roles in government. Let's have a government that we can be proud of, and which truly represents the interests and well-being of the people. Our country has had some great presidents in its history, and I am hopeful that Obama can be yet another great leader and another inspiration to all.

    October 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Papasan in Arizona

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns are the Right Wing Looneys! Republicans are mad, they are waking up from a long and peaceful Bush slumber, to find two morons [McCain/Palin], disturbing megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with the any of America's true issues, and running the worst Smear and Fear campaign to date! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    McCain's answer is a Slang Talking Junk Yard Dog [Palin] running around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry! This country faces the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, that McCain's DEREGULATION Laws created! John McCain has no idea what Americans trying to survive face day to day...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace!

    October 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    Dorthy. you need to get help for your mental problem.

    October 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    McCain/Palin need to get off their negative campaigning, especially this close to the election. Little over 3 weeks to go...though the hole they've dug for themselves is likely too big to get out of at this point, they can at least go out with some honor. At least we'd like to think so. Obama is a powerful speaker and leader that genuinely cares about the country and not just winning his campaign. So tired of McCain's smear ads. Tell America how you're going to FIX something!

    October 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Simmy

    Dear God,
    Please keep Sen Obama, Sen Biden and their families safe. Let them continue to take the high road and stay focused. Then God, please open the eyes of those who are being deceived, misled, and consumed by racism, and let them see that we are all created in your image, and have the same color of blood. None of us are islands. We need each other. Thank you.

    October 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Mark Louisiana

    Response to Lance who wrote (...Obama. What he is doing is providing the frame work for our country to put down our petty differences and come together to resolve our problems...)

    Lance, I've heard that if Obama loses that there will be riots in the streets...doesn't sound like your team is really that interested in "putting down petty differences"...SOUNDS MORE LIKE IF YOU GET THE POWER, YOUR TEAM WILL BE HAPPY...otherwise, YOU"LL RIOT...give me a break...you LIBERALS are so hypocritical!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Kate Fergus

    You can see the difference in character between Obama and McCain. Unfortunately, McCain realized too late that his and especially the rhetoric of his running mate are appealing to the most dangerous and ignorant segment of the population.

    Palin is shameless in her endless pursuit of the Ayres connection – one which has been examined and dissected over and over again during the last 20 months. Obama is an open book.

    McCain is so ashamed of what has happened to his campaign that he can't even look Obama in they eye or shake his hand.

    The only presidential candidate running is Obama.

    October 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. ohio voter

    Sanator put his self in that position where he had to defend his comments he mande in the last week

    Now 2 Questions to his supporters

    1. Are you proud that these people are yelling " kill him !"

    2. Isn't this the person who continuously claims that he can reach across the aisle and unite the party and the country ?

    October 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. bridgette

    Isn't the so call base of the right wing suppose to be the most Christian of Christian so how could the base condoned such behavior. You will be judged on judgement day for sitting in that audience and allowing those people to be have like that.

    October 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. ak

    both parties have their "fans"..
    which ones are saying kill him..talk about bombing..terrorist..spewing hate..etc
    are you proud of your party?
    ..what we have seen in the past week is that these supporters of McCain/Palin exhibit terrorist tendencies.. ie terrorists and hate mongers support the McCain/Palin campaign..

    October 11, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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