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. Christine in Indianapolis, IN

    How convenient that now that registration is closed in many states, Republicans suddenly raise questions about a group who registered so many first-time voters. How convenient that if these voters' registrations are called into question, there is no way for them to re-register. How convenient that it no longer matters whether the accusations are true or false... It matters only that now a portion of votes–and coincidentally a large number of first-time voters–can be questioned. If the Republican loses.

    October 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    Both McCain and Obama need to make sure that both campaigns respect each other. Don't let hateful comments take over this election. It'll get us nowhere fast.

    Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Frank

    Well, all you McCain/Palin supporters who are "worried" about what an Obama/Biden victory will "do" to America, just move to Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. janie wilson

    People don't realize, not only is it causing racism against obama, bit it's affecting others My grandson is of mixed race, he is 9 years old. The bus driver is very prejudice, so she is making comments to the other children on the bus. My grandson has been choked, shaving cream in his eyes. He is so afraid to get on the bus. Complaints were filed she was suspended for 3 days, will be back to work tuesday. Come monday we are going to higher authorities. It's really sad that So people wake up it is really harming innocent people. I am so afraid for my grandson..

    October 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Roy B

    I think respectful should be the order of the rest of the campaign. McCain lost control over the campaign when he put the Rove crowd in charge instead of following his judgement and this will probably cost him the election. His mistake was trying to be what independents wanted and what base Republicans wanted at the same time. It is very difficult to serve two masters and in all of this, McCain forgot who he really is and what his followers liked about him in the beginning.

    It's not over until the fat lady sings but I can tell you right now, she is getting her makeup on and selecting a dress as we speak!

    Obama – Biden 08!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. ms j

    The REAL reason McCain changed his tone was because his campaign got the results of the Palin investigation and it is not too pretty! I am very upset with this lady! She came to us like a lamb, but inwardly she is a WOLF! She actually threw a brick and hid her hand. She had others in her administration intimidated with the thought of losing their jobs, her husband standing on the platform with McCain acting like he's so innocent, when everyone, but McCain knew she had a lot of baggage in her closet. Oh Yes, McCain is hoping this Palin troopergate issue get lost on the bridge to no where! McCain is faking it to make it! I'm very dissappointed in my party, ugh! Don't get angry with me guys, I have to go with the party that has substance and can make our country whole again, Republican for Obama all the way!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Gerry

    Senator Obama has attempted to raise the level of debate throughout this campaign. While it is true that some voters will never vote for Senator Obama no matter what, the same is true for Senator McCain. I would never vote for Senator McCain because I don’t agree with him; not because I dislike him or wish him ill. We in America must realize that the entire free and not so free world is watching this election and our collective behavior. I agree with Senator Obama that bringing down the level of the negative rhetoric is essential to the next president of the United States, who I hope will be Senator Obama.

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. America will be free

    If McCain's policy on home owners is not socialism. Them what is it. I am so amazed at people look at parties and look at race and define people. So many liars train up their children to hate people of other race....That is dangerous. If you are drowning and the man of opposite race throw u a lifeline..do u let go or you grab the life line...Stop this fear mongering.
    Dorothy its clear you are a racist training up you daughter to be exactly like you. She is a 14yr old innocent child who has a long way to go in this great country. I can tell you are not a christian...Love your neighbor as your self

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Vera from Ca

    The correction McCain made to his "fellow prisoners" was made due to the media's constant reporting. Ms Palin hasn't stopped her foolishness out on the stump. Will the win for president for McCain be worth it when someone gets hurt? McCain statement in the debat referring to Sen Obama as "that one" was racism on the down low. We got it. McCain there isn't anything new under the sun.

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Electra

    Oh one other thing, did anyone watch the video of the larger(?), grey haired women wearing red, saying that Obama was an Arab??! The woman couldnt string a sentence together what a moron!! Its so tragic, its funny!
    I actually feel sorry for McCain, he probably hates these imbeciles, as he is quite a liberal man in some senses.

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. T

    Governor Palin's current family crisis (troopergate findings, pregnant daughter, Todd's indiscretions) is sure to have a psycholgical impact on Mrs. Palin.

    It depends is America wants to move forward from the Rove years.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. A Hint

    White Christian Mother, you definitely need to pray for some guidance.

    October 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. carmen

    McCain is both the arsonist and the firefighter. All the fires he started are burning out of control and about to sear his butt. He is going to have an impossible time getting some of his supporters to put away their hoods. Good for Obama for always taking the high road and sticking to the issues, but defending himself when necessary.

    October 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Ken - CA

    Mark from Louisiana, you are listening to too much redneck conservative radio – Obama is going to win this thing because he is the only one that has an actual plan for restoring this country, like it or not...

    October 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Gary

    Ali called it " Roper Doper" All of a sudden they're talking nice. Even Sanchez, Castellanos and Rollins. Now we'll all feel good and not go to the polls. Remember, a leopard doesn't change it's spots.

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Duane from Arizona

    Elections for the Executive Branch should not be about personalities. In many ways, they shouldn't even be about the individual at the top of the ticket. Whether the voter knows it, or not, the vote is cast for the team that the President will put in place and which will carry out the policies that s/he has articulated. It's about the team of economic advisers, foreign policy experts, military leaders, and judicial appointments that the President will install. Bush failed largely because he couldn't articulate a philosophy or direction of any real coherence, and because his leadership corps was largely devoid of the team concept. Rather, it consisted of a cluster of individuals functioning as does a room full of 3 year-olds engaged in parallel play. McCain's team will take the Supreme Court further to the right, will employ Phil Gramm as its economic expert, and will be composed of military hawks who cannot define the term, "victory." Obama's team will consist of pragmatists who know their mission is to get us out of Iraq, to again neutralize the Taliban, to re-establish diplomatic ties with our allies, to provide better balance in the Judiciary, and seek to instill confidence in the economy.

    Bottom line: who will make the better team captain, the erratic and hot-headed egotist who tends to alienate those who seek to collaborate with him; or the no-drama leader whose composure under pressure allows his team to function with confidence?

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. bruce FORMER REPUBLICAN FROM MA.

    guggg..guggg...guggg....... thut tuh.......ME MEME MEMEMEME

    In the event you don't get it folks that sound from back stage
    is from the large Lady, Gargling then clearing her mouth....

    The ME etc is just warming up the old vocal cords...

    The last few days until Nov. 4 will be slow comming but folks
    its past time for the Fat Lady to start singing... And thinking American Voters should join her.... Thank God for OBAMA and BIDEN we will
    have a reason to sing on Nov. 5th..

    Yup its that old-white-retired guy from Ma. (69yrs) Former Republican.

    BRUCE

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. I LOVE OBAMA, My NEXT PRESIDENT.

    Eratic McCain is out of touch. Biden served 20 plus years in the senate, head of the foreign relations committee. How much more qualification do you need for VP. I say , it's a unique opportunity.

    Todd Palin is a high school drop out., and he is the best brain behind the palin governorship. Moose, bear hunter and snow machine champion. How much brain do you need for all of that?

    He sits in on every conversation Sarah must have with the public. no wonder she has so many kids. !!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Vette

    A VW bug...it's reaaaaal slow!

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. June

    You go barack! Senator Obama, once again takes the high road.

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Dem in Ohio

    Rumor has it that it was the Secret Service that asked McCain/Palin to tone down their angry rhetoric since it was having the effect of increasing threats against the Obama family. It was not the "honorable" Senator McCain.

    October 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. joeparadis

    I remember Hubert Humphrey, in front of Lincoln's home in 1968. He mentioned Richard Nixon's name and one or two people in the audience booed. Mr. Humphry's response was to say something to the effect: "no, no, I do not want any Humphrey supporter booing anybody. I mean that in a respectful way but I mean it none the less." I wish......

    October 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. East Coast

    Wayne, any idea when California will fall in the ocean?

    October 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Enough is Enough from Dallas, TX

    Thank goodness MCain finally stood up against is hate mongering supporters! Lets hope he continues taking the high road like Obama. As a nation, we do not need to be in that ugly place again. Hopefully, both McCain and Palin will stop this negative hateful campaigning. Now Palin needs to stop her negative enticing. McCain/Palin need to set an example for all those negative minded people who are easily provoked because of racial ignorance. There is absolutely no room for pure uglines in our political campaigns. .As Obama said "it is OK to disagree but BE RESPECTFU!

    October 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. I LOVE OBAMA, My NEXT PRESIDENT.

    I know many oil engineers. They are laughing their heads off because Palin said she is an oil expert.

    October 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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