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. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    I cannot imagine that we have ever had a nastier campaign than what McCain and his camp have run. The people at his rallies remind me of the scenes in movies of the mob being fired-up before rushing the jail and lynching the innocent man.

    Is this what American politics has come to? Is this what we want in our leaders? Are we going to have another civil war after the election?

    I'm sure that many Obama supporters would rather lose the election than have to fight our neighbors, but I can't say the same about McCain supporters. Hopefully they will lose their blood-lust in the waning days of the campaign. GOD help us if they don't.

    October 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA


    really? you think that woman is the only one that thinks that way, where have you been last 30 years?

    I can'i wait for the baby boomer generation to disapear, thy have inhereted a country which was #1 in everything, now we are only #1 in defense spending

    thanks baby boomers, should have sent you to Siberia a long time ago

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

    This is getting good! Anybody have a Bud Light with Lime handy. I simply don't want to move from my chair!

    October 11, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. LRB

    Obama/Biden, McCain/Palin...A person is judged by the company that they keep, and in the case of both Presidential candidates, they are BOTH part of the politacal machine that has put us into the quagmire that we are in today. Hey...thanks for voting for the bailout, McCain and Obama...as yoou can see, it's done nothing but help! I wonder if they would give me, the average American, a bailout if I couldn't pay my mortgage?

    October 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Rob in NC

    Thank you John McCain.

    I'm voting for Obama because I think he offers the best direction for our country. However, I think the action Senator McCain took last night was one of the most honorable acts I have ever seen.

    Instead of bowing to the crowd McCain took a stand for what he knew in his heart was right. It may cost him the extreme conservative vote, but he can probably sleep better at night. If that was the McCain we had seen over the last few months who knows what might have happened.

    October 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Gina for Obama

    WE NEED OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    October 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Mark

    John's wanting it both ways – he's willing to have his surrogates, Sarah, Cindy or himself spit vial, hateful remarks that stirs up the crowd. Then he seems shocked when people in the crowd take up the speaker's call and calls for the crowd to calm down.

    His campaign is yelling "FIRE" in the crowded movie theater. That's not free speech – that's HATE SPEECH.

    He's two-faced. No one can trust John, Sarah, Cindy or his surrogates.

    October 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Katran Miller

    The difference between Obama's and McCain's campaign is once again clear here: McCain attacks the person (and then when his followers join in and make him look bad, he tones it down a BIT) whereas Obama critiques policy and offers alternate views... while RESPECTING the person. McCain, like Bush, repeatedly stresses that "if you're not with ME, you're unpatrotic." Whereas Obama has said repeatedly that anyone who serves this country and works for it is a patriot, is an AMERICAN - including his opponents. We desperately need a bipartisan president to heal the polarization this country has undergone in the last 8 years, and Obama's measured, steady approach is the one that's going to help put out the fires... McCain seems to foment them.

    October 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    It's too bad civil discourse can't be part of the campaign. I think McCain realized where the rhetoric was going. People were getting too emotional and that can be dangerous. At least Obama stayed on the high road and it will be nice to see McCain find his way back there.

    The Obama supporters are venting after seeing the nazi wing of the Republican party get angry at McCain for not being ahead in the polls, so they didn't like it when Obama had something nice to say about McCain. These Republicans believe in majority rule only if they are they ones in the majority. They are the ones who gave us Bush twice, and they are probably the 23% who still give him a favorable approval rating.

    Let Democracy reign! Let everyone take the high road, including SP. Let's hope we elect the candidate who will do the best job at putting this country back on track. It has a long way to go.

    October 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. McSame and Plain-dumb

    McSame and Plain-dumb

    Should be ashamed of trying to stir the fear and prejudice of people!

    How can you lead when you want to divide!

    Sick and tired


    October 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Thirsty for change Tampa, FL

    This is another proof that Obama exudes a very high level of professionalism and is far more presidential than McCain without a doubt.

    I just hope the secret service steps up security around Obama with all the hate and racist comments coming out of the McCain rallies, there's no telling what these Idiots are capable of doing. Like it or not, the change we want is here and Obama will be President of the United Sates of America come November 4th.

    Hate it or love it the under dog is ontop!!!!

    Obama/Biden for President and VP.

    October 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Are you blind?

    All you people praising the "messiah" Obama for running a clean campaign but I'm sitting here listening to him compare McCain to Bush over and over and over and OVER! For god's sake. Wake up and listen to yourselves. Most of all, listen to reason. Obama is NOT who you're being told he is.

    October 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Ron S.

    The writing is on the wall and John McCain doesn't like it. The message he reads on that wall sends him into a delusional tizzy, into a state of denial.

    So, now, in an effort to defy gravity, he has let loose his Alaskan attack dog to scare Americans, to muddle the water, to create doubt about Barack's resolve to fight for his country, his people.

    But this strategy will only work with the groosly ill-informed like that lady who thinks that Barack is an Arab, like those who think he's a Muslim, and hard-cre party loyalists. But, by and large, most Americans can see through the smokecreen and not fall for it and will register the Ilinois senator a major endorsement for president on November 4th in a landslide.

    October 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Diane

    Has anyone thought that the people who asked the nasty questions about Obama in Wisconsin were nothing more than PLANTS who the McCain camp put in the audience? Maybe the McCain camp paid them to stir up things.

    October 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Hannibal

    Ah Oh! Rezko is spilling the beans as we speak!

    October 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Roland

    Mention of McCain's name got "boos," not shouts of "terrorist" or "kill him." Obama has the ethical stature to be president. Neither McCain nor Palin do.

    October 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA


    let me guess, you had a good gut feeling about Bush

    October 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Independent but Leaning

    Obama will drive this country into the dirt. He has shown such poor instinct and judgment thus far, I'm scared to death of what he'll do if actually in office.

    He's so full of himself that he thinks he's smarter than everyone else, and makes snap decisions without counsel- not what we need in times of war and economic crisis.

    October 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. mike

    Obama/Biden 2008 vote !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Chuck

    This campaign is bringing out the worst in people. Jesus' message of love never changed even when He was near death.

    "But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man." – Matthew 15:18.

    For the non religious, heed master Yoda – "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."


    October 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Waldo

    I am so glad your prophet from the land of the highest taxes in the nation, highest drop out rate, and highest crime rate makes you feel so cozy, all he has whinned about for days is that McCain has tried to distract you from the facts, so what FACTS has he been giving you?
    You clamour all about sarah Palins lack of qualifications but just what does Obama actually bring to the table in the way of experiance? What is his experiance in operating a busniess and balancing a budget?
    How many of you have actually printed off his so called plan to fix the healrh care system and taken a hard look at it with a highlighter?
    It is full of they will support efforts but who's? It is full of they will "ensure's", "will requires", "will prevents", "guaranteeing", and even "mandates", along with a lot of "tax credits", and even a whole new branch of government called a "national plan".
    Big busniess would be required to contribute a "meaningful share" while small busniess "would be exempt", he is even promising "healthy environments".
    There is even a familiar statement we have been hearing for months but aimed at the OIL industry previously "while drug and insurance industries are enjoying record profits" but no clear plan to pay for any of his Obama/Biden DREAM.
    It is a great plan on paper but where is the money to come from for GOVERNMENT to take over the health care system as he seems to be proposing, Obama says he will take it out of plans that are not working, this will take many years to do and should be done first before any more debt is incurred.
    Some other of his promises are five hundred million to education and even school vouchers,what part of BEYOND BROKE does he not get?
    Now who is proposing SPEND,SPEND,SPEND???????
    We do not need any more bailouts, stimulas packages, or tax credits, we CAIN'T PAY THE BILLS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. plain jane

    When Obama talked about McCain, I heard the crowd yell KILL HIM and SHOOT him. Obama just stood there!!!

    Please report this! You talked about it when it happened at McCain's rally. You block all of my post!

    October 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Katran Miller

    I also agree with the poster questioning why the headline as written implies that Obama's speeches are drawing boos, when in fact it's McCain's conduct that's being booed by supporters of Obama.

    October 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Mark R

    Obama has NOT disproven all the allegations against him.

    Raila Amollo Odinga, The Prime Minister of Kenya, his cousin.
    To whom he went and CAMPAIGNED for. Against Kenyan governments judgement.
    Odinga has a son named after Fidel Castro,, geez.

    And what about Barack Obama's appointed Muslim outreach adviser who went to a meeting with Islamic groups with extremist views, just two months after her predecessor resigned connections to a radical cleric.

    Obama said he did not know the extremist would be there.

    How many times will we hear Obama say,, I did not know. I did not know Ayers was a terrorist, I did not know Wright preached hate, and now he did not know his OWN people were meeting with terrorist groups.

    October 11, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |




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