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. Bobby Jo, Orlando

    Dis boy can't get elected.

    October 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Kenyans for Obama

    Nobama-Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. republicans hate america

    your dumb Christian redneck anger is nothing compared to how angry the rest of us have been feeling. having to live through this disaster you inbreeds have put this country and the rest of the world through since 1994.

    October 11, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Gubment

    AMV, get a real job.

    October 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. G. S.

    I love the way this ends. When it is meant to be, the lame tactics (or strategies :D) don't matter. We have come too far to be deceived by sillyness. I am glad Barak can see it for what it is and resists the urge to sling as much mud as thatbeing thrown his way. I am holding my breath America. I love it when the nice guy gets to finish last!

    October 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Wanderer, Olympia WA

    In a spiritual sense ‘Than One’ is a positive term indicating the ‘ordinary man’, and an ordinary man is real, not delusional. Obama is just a name, McCain is just a name, Senator is just a title, and even President is also a title. All names and titles are created imaginary descriptions used to distinguish one person or his title from the others. If one called other ‘that one’ and he meant negatively about other’s character. The negativity must have originated directly from his character. This would help me to see who he really is. This is indeed too personal.

    I am really, really tired of listening to or watching McCain/Palin’s campaign AD. They are totally irrelevant to the issues the nation is facing.

    I’d rather spend time to listen to Obama’s offering to the nation if he is elected.

    I think McCain is too old to be president, and Palin is too young to be vice-president. I hope I am wrong about this.

    October 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Jawinka

    Misleading ads... funny.

    Listen. Obama's friends are fair game, people. The media did not vet this man, yet America embraces him as their savior. He's vague about economic policies, yet is hailed as the one to bring us relief.

    The reason McCain had to tone down people yesterday is because he's trying to keep out of the fray. Americans are mad. We really don't have good choices in this election because the Dems went for style over substance in the primary!

    October 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Melvin From Winnipeg

    Thank you Senator Obama to acknowledge the attempt Senator McCain did to stop these attacks. It seems Senator McCain is now trying to save his legacy and repair the short term damage the attacks are doing to this election. The American people can now tell the difference between a leader and a person who wants to lead.

    A leader is born and not made. It is similar to what we experienced to the BUSH administration that had landed him a first place in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. If you are not a born leader but want to be a leader, you always make the wrong decisions and take the unfortunate actions. Senator McCain demonstrated such quality by the choice of his running mate, SARAH PALIN. The GOP is down playing the impact of that choice but a good number of the party members will remember Senator McCain as a man who wants to be a leader, even though he is not called in that position.

    Senator McCain has a team of intelligent, brilliant, smart, rich, honest, trustworthy and outspoken people on his hand but abandoned them for a person that do not compare to any of these qualities. The question is why did he choose Palin? The answer is not because he wants to win the women's votes but because he is not a born leader. Therefore, the inner quality of leadership that is required to make such decision is lacking. So, he ended up using his physical ideas to make that decision.

    The decision to make fales attacks on the campaign is a last resort to find a way through to the white house. He knows those attacks will not change the people's perception about the choices he makes including that of his running mate.

    October 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Kathy S. Cloughn

    The Minneapolis paper said that the woman who thought Obama was an Arab then went on to say later that she thought he was a Muslim and a terrorist! Where do these mutants come from?

    By the way, McCain's response was rather inappropriate in that it implied that being an Arab was not ok.

    October 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Martin

    Can someone tell me where all the REAL conservatives went?

    While some of you goofballs are busy defending anything and everything this woman does just because she's on the GOP ticket, the REPUBLICAN president has just recommended Nationalizing the Banking industry. In all your whining about the alleged Socialist ties of Barack Obama, you've ignored the fact that George Bush, between the manner in which he's expanded the federal bureaucracy, started a "war for freedom," and now taken federal funds and placed them in the hands of private industries, has been closer to a Socialist than any president since FDR.

    Maybe when you're through parroting whatever talking point Sean Hannity has spewed over the last few weeks, you might notice that your "conservative leader" is more liberal than any president in the last 50 years.

    October 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. NC goes Blue

    I have never been so repulsed by the hate and anger seen at McCain and Palin rallies. This election has turned me from a life-long Republican to a Democrat.

    The GOP only has moral low-ground now.

    October 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. he's not my friend

    Senator McCain should be ashamed of himself. He is causing an uproar with half truths and flat right out lies. He's using Sarah Palin to do this. Now She is not the brightest star either. I fear for our country if McCain/ Palin goes to the white house. If the senator sit down with foreign leaders and behaves like he did at the last debate that would be really scary. He refused to shake Senator Obama's hand at the end. Now that was childless and very inappropriate. I also check the facts and enator McCain does not give all the detailes. He even brings up voting records where both he and Senator Obama votes the same on an issue but does not indicate that just emphasises that Senator Obama voted a particular way. He also always talks about the surge wel that is fine and dandy but he NEVER acknowkledges that he voted to go to war in the first place. That is the signifiant part of the equation not the surge because if the mistake had not taken place to begin with there would not be a surge to discuss. Pleas people reflect on the past 8 years and decide if you want 4 more just like it or worse with his temperment and erratic behavior it will be worse and vote OBAMA/ BIDEN 08

    October 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    If I was Obama I'd take a baseball bat and go to work on dirty McCai an unethical Palin (metaphoricly speaking)

    October 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. ACORN for Obama

    I've tried to post this 5 times now to no avail! We fully support Obama as our next Prezeedent – that's whyz weez buyin all them votes!

    October 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Anita of georgia

    I will give John McCain credit for coming forward, trying to get his campaign under control. I'm just glad he got them under control, before one of those stupid idiot, filled with rage do something they're regret. We need a President that will bring the American People together, not divide us. Being a fool has know place in either one of these rallies. So People, if you can't show respect for Senate Obama, or even Senate McCain at the rallies, how about staying at home, and letting someone have the opportunity to go and cheer for their candidate. United we stand divide we. fall. Obama/Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. JWR

    Thank goodness McCain started acting civil. I felt sorry for that old lady in red. She represents the past. I actually felt sorry for her. It looked like it killed McCain to clear that up but it had to be said. Palin has toned it down and does not sound as shrill. Now if he could really intensify the paper training phase. I personally never liked bringing strays home. They are adorable and fun to play with but they lick you in the face and then they pee on the floor. Then I have to beat them with a newspaper.

    October 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Supposedly, an Obama supporter interrupted McCain with something or other. Of course, the crowd when wild with chants and McSame went forward with a prepared commentary which ended with, "these people just don't get it." That was so contrived! SO McBush and McBarby!

    I'm so McCynic about anything the McBush camp does anymore. I don't feel I can trust McSame or McHater.... I wonder why? (heavy sigh)

    Am I too McSick to try to blog? I just don't know!

    October 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. NoMccain

    Trig Palin 2016!

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

    Vince, is it 1 i or two?

    October 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Global J

    If there wasn't a problem in the first place, such acknowledgments wouldn't be necessary.
    It is a sad reflection on America that such ignorance, bordering on racism , still exists, even more disturbing when it is stoked by candidates of the opposing side in this race.

    October 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Carolyn Grace

    Please Sen. Obama continue your message so that the American voting publc will not be WRONG three times in a row. McCain was a good soldier but he would not make a good president.He just doesn't have a clue, thus he flip flops back and forth as determined by which advisior he speaks to for advice. God Bless our country and you Sen. Obama

    October 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. DAVE

    SARAH PALIN could be our next president. Does she represent YOU? does she represent middle America? I dont think so. In fact, she is a vicious, mean and uneducated self-interest PIECE OF WORK.. I love it when these sorts are always THE GOOD CHRISTIANS.. dont make me barf. Keep this trash out of the White House .. PLEASE!!! VOTE OBAMA!!!

    October 11, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. ket


    October 11, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Barry

    Unlawful Abuse of Power: Take your wife and kid back to La La Land.

    October 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. brad

    dear ms texas teacher i hope your not teaching kids

    October 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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