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. John, OBAMA 08/12

    How can McCain/Palin stirring up hate, racial tension, fear, division and rage be considered putting "country first" when it tears this wonderful nation apart? It is a complete paradox in my opinion. We need unity at a time like this, and OBAMA is the man that has the vision for it.

    October 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. mitch

    mark louisiana. they might be riots if repubs steal another election. liberals haven't been threatening john mccain. your party has shown more propensity towards violence than any i have seen since the 60s. ur pathetic.

    October 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    McCain is the only candidate that has actually said he will do something that saves money. HE SAID HE WILL CUT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. Now i know that pisses off Liberals but if you freeze spending and cut programs you will save money. You don't always have to tax your way out of problems. Think in the small term in your family when you want something and you can't get credit you save and you scrimp and you cut back.

    if this spoiled country doesn't cut back soon it will destroy itself.

    October 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Loosing it

    Riots if McCain wins? I think its the other way around. Did dyou read the state security service comment on the Republican party rallies? Obama has never called for riot nor called for people to hate McCain, he has always point out the difference between the two policies not the persons.

    October 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Cherie

    I truly do not understand why so many people are crazy about Obama!
    He is a junior Senator of Illinois, not even serving 4 years yet, Where and how did he get from that to be a Presidential Candidate? His background has many flaws and he has no record that even shows he is capable of running anything, especially our wonderful, free country as we know it. If you want someone who has an ability to charm and talk, then he is your man. If you want someone who has dedicated his life, literally, to this country we call America, then choose the man who has the background to lead us forward. McCain has the experience and qualifications to do that. THINK AMERICANS!!

    October 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. RepublicanGirl

    Don't believe all you read or hear on the news. Study the facts on what both parties stand for. What they will do for our country. Yeah there were some who were for Clinton but did not agree with his afair he had on his wife all his lies then. Obama is not perfect either. Forget about the gossip stick with what each party is going to do for our country! No one is perfect! Remember what our fourfathers founded this country on. America votes (not the media) remember that! Bring back the Red, White and the TRUE Blue!
    McCain / Palin you have my vote!

    October 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Too little too late, John Bush McCain and Sarah Cheney Palin.

    You can't put Pandora back in her box. The damage is done!

    Vote Obama/Palin for change!

    October 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Tom

    . I put up with anger and tremendous disappointment for 8 years of Bush/Cheney regime. I don't feel one bit sorry for those disgruntled hard core right wing maniacs screaming and yelling about how "mad" they are.


    October 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. joebloe

    I too, commend McCain for trying to reign in the hate & lies coming out at his campaign rallies. But from the ads he is still running, it doesn't look like he has abandoned the line of attack that prompted this hate.

    Remember everyone, Obama's poll numbers are good,
    !!!!!!!!!!GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Kate Fergus

    I am worried that Obama may not be safe from the radical right who continue to think he is a terrorist – something fueled by the shameful rhetoric of Palin. Other leaders who were victims of radicals – Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy. Kennedy's brother Robert (also a visionary like his brother) met the same fate.

    I hope that Obama and his family will remain safe and that the secret service holds anyone inciting the terrorist, muslim, "kill him", "bomb him", slurs. They must be arrested and investigated. Palin should be charged with inciting people to harm Obama.

    October 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Cyrus

    To Mark Louisiana:

    You sound like a reasonable man. But what you just said is just simply unfounded, Sir. The dimwits at Fox News and Rush Limbaugh have been spewing this rubbish that there will be riots if Obama doesn't win.

    This is a country of law, Mark. We are not in the 60s that there will be race riots. So, next time someone tells you something like this, use the best gift god has given you, your brain and ability to reason.

    October 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Tony

    Sarah abused her power as Governor wait till she gets to VP.
    Sarah supports party that opposes US constitution.
    Sarah cheated on her husband
    Sarah kills animals, why is Michael Vick in jail.

    Mccain fine man but poor judgement.
    Mccain appointed Palin, that is enuff.

    Obama and Biden for the future

    October 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. imani Gridiron

    In a news clip covering a McCain meeting where he is asked if Obama is an Arab...the media is praising him for defending Obamba, but in his response, it is as if he is implying somehow being of Arabic descent makes him not trustworthy or not decent. Is that how the majority of Americans see Arabs?...is that how Senator McCain sees Arabs?

    October 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. carol

    I wonder if John mcCain wants a position in Sen Obama's cabinet seeing as he has now suddenly got "respect for him"!!!!!!!
    I'm glad McCain has got on top of this nonsense.....very dangerous behaviour from those vicious crowds.....it would have been nice if McCain had not let it happen in the first place!!!!!
    This campaign after all is about the state of this country and who is best served to command the role of President......from what I have seen so far it is very obvious that Sen Obama is that man.
    He has been so gracious after all those vile, evil attacks against him and has not once has he run John McCain down on " over the line" remarks....it's all been about John McCain's policies!!!
    This is the mark of not only a gracious man also a highly intelligent man with very high principles and that is the sort of leader we need.


    October 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Clint

    Character attacks have come from both camps, so don't be so quick to get all huffy for Obama or McCain. In this election, as in many others, character of the candidate is a valid concern. This election is running tight , so all the fringe people that say that Obama is an islamic terrorist or that McCain is the same as Bush are going to come out. Both claims aren't true but people will try to convince you with fear that they are. So everyone, when you hear something that has to do with character of a candidate, give it some thought as to what is being said and who is saying it.

    Oh, for those of you that say "McBush" and such, nobody is that inept or mediorce as Bush and that is what I really think. Bush is not a bad president, he is a mediocre one in EXTRAordinary times. He goes through all the 'correct' motions for his party and beliefs. At the end of the day though he implements his plan poorly or picks a person to run it, that doesn't know what they are doing and that reflects on him.

    October 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. BigotsOnParade

    Just so I'm clear, McCain's defense of Obama was essentially "He's not an Arab. No, ma'am, he's a 'decent' family man."

    Well, I have to say as someone who is a taxpayer, a voter, the child of a 40 year long marriage (with ten years in my own right) and an American of Arab descent, it makes me feel so much better to hear an old adulterer redefine what it is to be a "decent family man." It's also nice to know that the media essentially accepts that John McCain "gone and 'done' a good thing" as opposed to challenge the ignorance within their own circle.

    The media proving once again proving how oblivious they are to their own ignorance (and I include Dem spin doctors). You all should be ashamed with the way you've handled this story. Disgraceful and bigoted.

    October 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    OH,NO.... we know Mrs Democrat did not mean Obama/Palin! She is home sick still recuperating from the flu! She, of course, meant Obama/Biden! (She is too McSick and McFrustrated to be held accountable for such slips of fingers on the keys!)

    Let's just say No to Bush McCain and Cheney Palin

    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!! (there now she feels better) 🙂

    October 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. vw bug

    To all you right wingers concerned with socialism... Guess what...It is already here! You can also thank your precious McBush for that!

    October 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Cyrus


    Sen Obama has been campaigning for 20 months or so, and if you still don't understand his plans for economic, social, and other platforms, then I am afraid, you weren't paying attention or not trying to understand.

    His plans are all on his website. Take a read, think about it, and then come back post another message. Would love to read what you thought of them.

    October 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Eleanor

    Sorry to disagree with you mark Louisiana its the republicans who are hypocrits!!!
    they claim to be these moral christian people but yet they are out there at these rallies of Palins and McCain spewing out their racism and hatred for Obama
    please explain to me how that is christian like
    they claim to be christians but their actions say otherwise!
    I would say Senator Obama is by far the christian here!!

    October 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Jack - DSM, Iowa

    Hmmm? I'll take that as a "No".

    October 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. White Christian Mother for Obama

    Seriously though.. You cant accuse someone as a terrorist and say at the rallys that "I AM SCARED of OBAMA"... Like Palin is doing and not get some that follow suit and ACTUALLY Believe IT!! .. and USE Obamas Middle name to scare people making them think he is Arab... and Be wanting to KILL Obama like we want to KILL Terrorist... or not be scared of him and get people really upset and worried Because they believed what YOU SAY!!

    I believe McCain and ESPECIALLY PALIN... has used words that shouldnt have been used... Instead of Terrorist say Radical... Todd Palin is a Radical if you want to get down to it. Same type of Asociations. That doesnt mean he is a Terrorist but then again who knows. But do we want to cause a American Uproar over this Election??

    I think McCain needs to pull these Terrible Ads that are causing this STIR>.. and talk to his VEEP and get her to tone down her name and accusations calling on the pulpit.... and calm their supporters more and MORE.

    McCains campaign Advisor doesnt seen anything wrong with what is going on he says.... Well Mister... I think its not right to make threats of Kill Him and cut his head off... there is no need for such Violent threats like those or shouts... I am SURE there are CHILDREN at these Rallys and THEY might not TOTALLY understand if its a REAL threat or just people getting wound up!! THere are other think people can say or cheer instead of violent comments

    October 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. SJC

    To Mark Louisana,

    You said:
    "I've heard that if Obama loses that there will be riots in the streets."

    And from which reliable source did you hear this? Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage or Sean Hannity?

    Some more scare tactics that mask the bigotry and hatred that's being spewed by mindless. knee-jerk right wingers.

    October 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Susan


    Getting tired of it.

    A Democrat!

    October 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    "Yes, thank you John for sticking up for me against a lady who thought I was Arab because of you. And thank you for the ad's calling me a terrorist earlier in the day. And for your campaign injecting race, religion, and patriotism into the race. You're VP has been great. Thanks for that too." CNN is complicit in all of this. McCain runs the TICKER. OPEN YOUR EYES!

    October 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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