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. Sam

    McCain's comment about Obama being a decent man in one meeting while his surrogates slam Obama'scharacter in another meeting or ad seems like a good cop bad cop routine to me. Also questioning Obama's character at this juncture (he has been campaining only for 18 months now), raises questions about McCain's own judgement – did they just wake up and smelled the coffee or are they on a witchcraft hunt?

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. chuks

    such a gentleman u are sir

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. JG

    How can you call Obama a decent person and a family man in one breath, but have your Republican puppet link him with a terrorist? Pathetic. McCain's comments flip flop to the point that it makes me dizzy! If you are going to smear, then smear. Don't wax and wane and change your tune according to the media reports, and the fact that people hate your violent, mob-like rallies. McCain is so desperate, and it shows. Game over!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Marge

    While he secretly sends his attack dogs to slam and bam his opponents. obama, two faced and a big know nothing. All HE has is the good old boy network of bloggers who type their fingers to the bone flaming and lying on his opponents. And guess what, obama is not even a citizen of this country. Well, he might be but he won't show the birth certificate to prove it, so that leaves us to wonder doesn't it. Course the MSM won't tell the country about it, they have been silent on any thing on the crookedness of obama.

    October 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. RET

    I give McCain a lot of credit. He was a part of the problem but he is also realizing that his most devote supporters are completely wrong. They can disagree with policies even judgement, but many of their concerns are based on lies spread by overzealous supporters in the campaign.

    It looks like a landslide for Obama is in the making.

    October 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. maynard hopkins wi


    October 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. thomas

    The problems facing America will only be solved by rational and unselfish thinking. It is a time to concern ourselves with the common good and forget about all of our personal biases that have nothing to do with the survival of a democratic society. All Americans have a right to freedom, security , and prosperity.

    October 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. PUMBU


    October 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Bridget

    Booing is one thing. Shouting hateful language is another. McCain's own crowd booed him. Like Ana Marie Cox said, now that McCain has angered the pitchfork wavers, who's left to support him?

    October 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. ohio

    Mccain has no idea about people!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Barbara CA

    You are right Senator Obama "Not this time!"
    Go Obama/Biden.

    One man, one vote.

    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. ohio

    Finally Mccain admits Obama is a really good person and nfamily guy. Famliy people are really carrying and i am sure he will lead this country to better position

    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Nannie Bouroughs

    Senator Oblama can barely spell: ECONOMY!

    He has no clue regarding how to fix it and he can only blame Senator McCain for the WORLD ECONOMIC MELTDOWN... I suspect he will blame Senator McCain for the HOLOCAUST next.

    Senator Oblama’s sole expertise on economic issue(s) revolves around him paying off some 27 long over due parking tickets in Illinois B/4 he announced his candidacy for presidency.

    OPS, that was POLITICAL!

    Let the RAGE against Senator Oblama RISE; he and his inane policies deserve our RAGE!

    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Hopeful

    It's sad to see McCain trying to put out the fire raging at his rallies while Palin is throwing gasoline on the fire with her terrorist comments. Their campaign will crash and burn all at their own doing...

    October 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Yet another Republican supporting Obama!

    "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time” -Maya Angelou

    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Stokie

    I congratulate John McCain for taking the higher ground. This is the first time in this campaign that I saw his leadership qualities. He did what was right rather than what was best for winning his campaign.

    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Frank in Deerfield, IL.

    When you have nothing to say you say anything. Whatever the imperfections of the Obama/Biden ticket, if America elects McCain/Palin, in a couple of years we shall all be thinking George Bush was a great President. That is if these backward looking ideologues don't all get us killed first, either financially or literally.

    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Jen

    Well said Mr Obama. You are going to be a great President!

    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. J.D.

    Your headline says Obama draws boos. Wheres the story? Misleading headline?

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Indiana Joe

    Well, McCain can't make us forget on a day, what he and Palin did ALL WEEK LONG! McCain has ran the dirtiest campaign that I can remember... He has lost my respect and has showed no honor. What a coincidence that he is lowering his tone right before the "troopergate" investigation scandal. How interesting... and convenient!

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Jakob

    Who DOESN'T get booed by a Philadelphia crowd? That may not have been the best place to put in a kind word for Sen. McCain.

    October 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Bat 242

    Over 70 yrs ago there was another man in another land who gave great speeches too and had an adoring nation behind him. I rather vote for an old boring war hero than for an Anti-American Racist.

    October 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Jr

    Obama is REAL leadership in the world, London WANT Obama to win in the white house

    That One nation 08

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Ahhhhhhhh...the McHate Double Talk/Outright Lies Express. Can you imagine McAngry running this nation the same way he has run his campaign? It boggles the mind how any one would still consider voting for this clown. As for the colorful parrot on his shoulder, she should be impeached.

    McDemented has no honor, integrity or ideas. All he can offer is anger and hate.

    McCuckoo has shown that he cannot lead this country by his actions.

    McBatty and Failin have nothing to offer America except abject failure.

    A vote for McLoony is a vote to continue America's downward spiral in the world.

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. jim

    After many years in the military i and alot of other are just like mccain all veterans.. He is nothing special when you join you take your chances ..........and the way his campain has gone he would NEVER be able to shake my hand or any of my friends....He really is the most two faced jerk that i have every met...........I'm beginning to think most of the people at his rallies are Skin heads,,and kkk.....he is really a total waste.......jj

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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