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. Jerry Raley

    the heat will only continue to rise as we hear more of Obama's real plans. If Obama should win, I pray to god this will never happen, I will join the ranks of those who are mad as hell and will seek a means to right these wrongs. it is the history of the american people when we see wrong doing by the government, we do what ever it takes to corect the wrongdoing.

    October 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. KJ, Springfield, IL

    I'm horrified to see adults acting like such juveniles. How is this getting anything accomplished? You do not have to like or agree with the other candidates policies or choices, but you should have a level of respect for them. You are not out there being publicly scrutinized and every aspect of your life put on display. I have a Master's in Clinical Psychology, and I work with domestic violence victims and troops returning home from Iraq. Obama was wonderful and helped our shelters out when we needed him as senator of Illinois. As for Biden, he helped write the Violence Against Women Act, which, by the way, McCain voted against. So why any self-respecting woman would vote for him is beyond me. I think by picking Palin he has once again insulted women. She stands for everything women have worked so hard to get accomplished. As for the abortion issue, it no longer has to do with abortion. What it comes down to is the power of choice. Obama does not want to take away that power. While I could never have an abortion, I do not think it should be the government's choice as to whether a rape victim should carry the rapist's child. That's cruel and unusal punishment. Why would you want to induce such torture on someone who already has been violated in the worst way possible? And for the people who believe Obama is a terrorist, Muslim, whatever else has been said about him..ignorance is bliss. Enjoy.

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

    This has more to do about the Sarah Palin article but comments were closed on that one.

    The consensus of the people down here in my small Southern state is that Sarah Palin was railroaded on the ethics violations. That's not true. That report was unanimously approved by 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Moreover, I read the findings in the report and it clearly states that she violated Alaska Statutes by abusing her position for personal gain, not financial gain as the Palins are claiming.

    I used to audit the Federal government and, from my experience, ethics violations are very serious. Americans shouldn't let Sarah Palin off the hook on this one.

    October 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Ken Heikens

    It is disheartening to hear self-professed conservative Christians yelling out "kill him", etc. at the Republican rallies. These same Christians get really upset when they hear Muslims saying such things, yet for them it is OK. While it is not my place to judge people, I seriously question their Christian ethics when they do this. And gives me all the more reason to NOT vote for the McCain/ Palin ticket.

    October 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Phil

    I'm an African American and registered Republican. I am first and foremost an African-American. The Republican party has pushed me away with this kind of non-sense, thus I will be proudly voting for Obama. I'm apalled and ashamed, by their racial overtones. And the selection of Palin is an insult to the American people. You can't piss in our ear and tell us it's raining!! Stop your lying and cheating McCain!

    October 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Dealt

    McCain sort of hangs back a little once in a while and lets his dogs do the tearing. So, either his own campaign and choice for VP care nothing about what he wants or McCain's a snake.

    One or the other, it doesn't really matter, neither is good. He's harming the country with all this inciting to violence and harming his own legacy: I don't think there are many people left who regard him as honourable and affable and able to create consensus (without a shotgun).

    October 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Norma

    I recently watched a rerun of Sen. McCain and his running mate in Michigan. She makes this emphasis on the media not asking Sen. Obama the questions. Here is a woman who won't speak to the media, has been on the stump campaigning with McCain 90% of the time since her introduction as the GOP VP. The Two interviews she did give were horrific and embarrasing. We all have questions for her that we want to know ok Sarah why don't you speak to the media.

    October 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. viince

    to DOROTHY:
    You are a horrible grandmother. Educate her.

    "My 14 year old granddaughter told me that 'I couldn't trust Obama'.. She has that feeling 'in her gut'"

    Oh please, it's quite obvious your hate and fear is affecting your little one.

    October 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Janice illinois

    yes, everybody wants and deserves respect, it cost nothing to give and it is priceless if you have it. McCain deserves or respect , most of us really don't know the true value of freedom, he does. This election will be over very soon and here's to hoping that both candidates work together as we will have too to get our country back.

    October 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Churchy

    Tanya, is it Wright or Farrakan that leads your Church?

    October 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |

    MARK LOUISIANA, doesn't that sound great?? Who told you their would be riots if McCain won? We're the civilized one's remember? You have the history of ignorance and violence. Before you believe something someone says, ask yourself, "Is this person as dumb as I am though?"

    October 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. The truth is OUT!

    Obama and ACORN stole the primary. They cheated and multiple invalid votes were cast for Obama. WHERE is Hillary? Will the REAL winner of the Democratic Primary please step UP?

    October 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Karen - Missouri

    McCain and Palin should give the American people a public apology! To treat this election like one of McCain's "war" tactics while all of us suffer in one way or another during this economic crisis and knowing Bush went to war for oil (al Quaeda and bin Laden have ALWAYS been in Afghanistan since Reagan days and Bush and McCain know it...our leaders HIRED bin Laden to build Afghanistan oil pipeline YEARS ago), well...McCain and Palin are NOT so Christian with their false claims and hate mongering. No Christian I know lies and manipulates the way McCain and Palin have!

    McCain and Palin have dug themselves into a hole...and only a dignified LEADER like Obama would be so gracious. Obama ever since Day One has talked about respect for McCain's service...and yet McCain treats Obama the way he has? disgusting!

    October 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. I need to sell some McCain Votes

    Hey Dummies, anybody who Farrakhan would call the Messiah will never get my vote! Bye Bye

    October 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Michael

    Palin winks and smiles while her audience screams 'Kill Him' and then start hurling Racial Slurs at a black reporter. Way to witness for the Lord Sister Sarah. That should bring the sheep into the fold. Ya betcha.

    October 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. LT

    This is rediculous. McCain hasn't made any effort to tone down rhetoric. Besides, what kind of leader sees the fire ignite and waits until it has engulfed many acres before attempting to put it out. Seems a little late to me.

    October 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Wow.... I was all alone this morning.... finally people are coming out to blog!

    It is wonderful to see how many people recognize how ingenuous McCain's attempt at appearing that he wants a clean campaign now whle continuring to allow McShame continue her tirade of hate and fear! The McBush has no shame! He showed us that when he chose McBarbie for his pit bull dog. He was ready to get down and dirty as soon as he chose that woman! She is a indeed a barracuda in barbie clothing.

    Now McBarbie is changing her story: Obama is no longer a terrorist, now he's a baby killer! Watch out, soon she will telling us that he tried to make her have an abortion!

    October 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Yea, thanks McCain for putting my wife and my young daughters in danger by manipulating your supporters and having them believe I'm a Islamist terrorist. Thanks buddy. And thanks for putting us all in danger by picking a corrupt, inexperienced, ignorant of all fact governor one heart beat away from the Presidency, if God forbid you win.

    October 11, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. John

    To all social conservatives who think they reflect American values and constantly invoke the intentions of our forefathers on their behalf: Do some research. Read the constitution. Read about our forefathers. You'll find that you are an aberration of their ideals.

    October 11, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Speider

    A nice gesture from "that one," but just the other day, McCain was basing his PA stump on nothing but attacks against Obama. Why the sudden turn-around? I doubt it's to do the right thing.

    October 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Rob R

    Does McCain even know what's going on with his campaign anymore? Seriously. I mean, they are running all of these ads trying to paint Obama as this radical, dangerous guy that's unfit to be President and then he tells his supporters that Obama is a decent, family man and you shouldn't be afraid of his Presidency.

    As an Obama supporter, I am delighted to watch McCain's campaign fall apart at the seams. It's unfortunate for McCain – if he were the McCain of 2000 he might actually have a real shot here. I guess after Bush swift-boated him in 2000, he figured "If I can't beat them, join them."

    And now with Palin being proven to have abused power, I just don't see how anyone other than the extreme right can seriously consider voting for them.

    The LAST thing we need is another Cheney in the VP slot along with clueless McCain running things.

    October 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. paul

    uptill now i dont know what everybody think OBAMA can do to bring this change which is topic to any new campainer .infact its McCain or no one.AMERICANS.....wake up before is too late.this must be a very risky....ooo

    October 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. sidney in fl

    it's sad to see that nearly 50 years after the civil rights movement that this is still an issue today. however a darker reality of the situation shows that america is still indeed very much a racist society to where we are in a presidental election where two AMERICAN leaders are running for a position to run a country they both love. the fact that you hear these TERRORISTS and KIILL HIM comment is not a reflection of McCain but the people in this country. to the point where he gets booed at his own rally by his own supporters shows you just how pathetic these people really are. this is the same party that claim they are the "religious conservatives". where in the bible does it say to behave this way towards another man?? these type of people are no better than the other religious extremists around the world who hide their hate behing the bible, kora, torah, or any other religious doctrine. in fact they are even worse because they pose as being the "true americans". for the past few decades american government has been preaching democracy thru out the world and calls for fair elections to be held so that "the people" are represented. but look at our own process? we have this vile hateful venom coming out of the mouths of americans towards a man who helps govern their country. you once again have talks about voter fraud and faulty voting machines and talks of possible screw ups in the elections. this is not a true democracy. we are the world's military and economic super power and we can't even get our elections right. meanwhile a few years ago, the iraqi people, whose country we have sent back to the stone age were able to get their elections right by simply using a voters card and voting by placing their thumb in a purple paint. pathetic. people in this country need to stop making T.V as source of education and learn how to read a book. we are getting left behind in the world and the evidence is all around us.

    October 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Hussein in Iran

    Obama Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Hank in GA

    KJ, Clinical Psychology! What a joke. Quit giving your patients the dummy pills.

    October 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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