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. w.l. jones

    We are a people of many nation with that said there is no excuse we have to fight among each other. The only figh we should have is our fight in a world economy and we have the tool to do it and win. This is a national economy security war we must win' in order to do so we need to incorporate the military super computer and figure out how we can put it to use in battling this problem.

    October 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Deb

    I have no problem with negative ads but insighting hatred, it's wrong. I blame Palin a lot for this dangerous tone set by thier campaign. I receive e-mails from Republican friends that spew hate and lies. All this talk about the media being unfair to Palin (i.e why she sucked in her interview with Couric). Obama has been at this for months, little Mrs. Palin, what 6 weeks. Of course the press wll question an unknown. They did it to Obana when he was running against Clinton. Go home Sarah Palin, you embarace me.

    October 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. an EYE FOR an EYE

    Kenyans for Obama October 11th, 2008 3:14 pm ET

    N obama-Biden 08???????? some jalousy?

    October 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. John S

    John S October 11th, 2008 9:34 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Palin, you are a liar. This trooper fiasco was over two years ago and it was investigated and he was suspended by his peers. You fired Monegan,

    Why are my comments from an earlier post this morning, which was first btw, still saying waiting for moderation. Come on CNN, soemthing sticks here. Whats up with this BS or does CNN censor people they don't agree with.

    October 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Hillbilly Somewhere

    About the only thing I really know or understand is that Palin is hot!

    October 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Shannon

    Mccain has to save this rep. I lost all respect for him. Her was a hero , now hes like Bush. Dirty politics wont work today.. Not to Normal americans if Mccain wants the crazies than he can have them. We the true people want change not more Bush like politics in the whitehouse.. Obama is a goodman and i a white women who shops at walmart if voting for him...
    Obama /Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. G Ray

    McCain can do something that will improve his stature greatly,
    by issuing the following statement:

    "If the only reason you are voting for me is because my opponent
    is a black, then I do NOT want your vote!"

    G Ray

    October 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. shenee78

    Dorothy, I have a seven year nephew who is just as much into the election as the rest of the family. One day he came home from school and told me that Mc Cain was lying on Obama calling him a terrist. We researched Obama and Mc Cain together as well as vist fact check.com. Mc Cain is spewing hate and bearing false witness on Obama knowingly.
    My niece is six years old and she came to me one day and said that she said that Mc Cain was a bad person. We asked why she felt that way. She then said that she saw a cartoon in Mississippi showing McCain shooting Obama. Now we explain to her that it was just a cartoon- like it is easy to explain to a six year that it was just a cartoon. She watches the news too.

    October 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. GlenR

    McCain should be ashamed of himself. It's his campaign that has fed the ignorant hatred displayed at his meeting. He's accepted an idiotic vindictive phony for a running mate to buy off the Christian right and he's allowed his campaign to be run by the same neocons liars and attack dogs that swift boated him. He's even courted that scumbag Ralph Reed a man he once thought should be thrown in jail.

    As for 'super patriot hockey mom' Sarah I have to say I'm sure she is the only patriotic hockey mom who wants to take control of the Alaska oil fields and secede from the union. Her husband and his white 'native' Alaskan pals what to become sheiks on snowmobiles. The founder and hero of their little group makes Ayres look like a conservative.

    October 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Pat

    Obama does not need to thank Macain for anything because Macain started the negative name calling about Obama among uneducated voters and he cannot erase this from their minds no matter how much he tries.
    Now we know the mentality of Macain vp and supporters.

    October 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Accent - GOP with no where to GO Please

    Does GOP stand for “No Where to GO Please (GOP)?” Why would he say nice things, well he tried everything under the rock which did not work. Now he is trying what Present Obama has been doing, holding dignity doing the right thing. Maybe he Mr. McCain is hoping it will work for him after all these 26 years.

    Can not hide the truth, now that the truth comes out. Hate is the easiest thing to sell. Which Mr. Bush and the dark victory VP have been selling us all these years. Man they good it or where we drunk?

    Yes, watch your back President Obama. Help us got out of what WE have put ourselves and children into. May God help us or we will be a third world country soon.

    October 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. plain jane

    John Lewis just added more fuel to the fire!

    October 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Noel from Maryland

    Hey I just thought of something why is it that McCain didn't tell the lady in the red shirt who called Obama an Arab that, that was wrong also to put down Arab people as if to say they are all like the Islamic Extremists! I work with a lady from Iraq who pays her taxes, works hard, etc. Why couldn't McCain tell that lady that Obama is a Christian same as her and is also an AMERICAN CITIZEN same like her?

    October 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Jim

    An Eye for an Eye, I didn't realize they had internet access at the Funny Farm. Did they let you take the straight jacket off?

    October 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Too Little, Too Late

    MCain has sunken to new lows. This once honorable man has now slid himself into the hole of one of the most dishonorable campaigns in history. Why did he wait until after several days of this type of incendiary outbursts at his rallys? He obviously wanted a negative reaction against Obama with his recent attack adds and statements, so it can only be one of two things: 1) he realized it was getting out of hand and will likely leave a stain on him so now he has to get it under control; or 2) he wanted it to get to a point where he looks like the good guy by defending Obama. Or possibly both. Either way, his motive is dishonorable. If he was really sincere he would have squelched it the first time it happened, not days later.

    October 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Hick

    Ayaana, Is Farrakhan your diddy or your gramps!

    October 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Ron

    "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."

    republicans hate America

    You have a foul mouth,and you wounder why this country is so divided. With people like you spouting such hatred,just because of some stupid political party views. I was going to say you needed to take control of that hate you have boiling up inside of you, but I see it has already taken control of you.

    October 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    I am glad that Senator McCain stepped up and demand dignity in his campaign stops. God tells us there is a time for everything...and I think this may be the time for Sen. Obama, in the presidency. This is not deminishing all that Sen. McCain has done or been through in the past. It's time for our nation to move forward, to try new ideas, and to bring the birghtness of this country back to life. America is made up of so many different , and talented people, but we are all citizens of this great country and should act that way. I am equally glad that Sen. Obama acknowledged Sen. McCain's efforts.

    October 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Pun Nio

    How a candidate runs his campaign shows how he'll govern. Evidence: Bush. Swiftboated into Iraq, swiftboated into robbing the national treasury.

    October 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. R. W. Halker

    I hope this sin by McCain/Palin does not continue. The 8th commandment," You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" – Exodus 20:16.

    October 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas

    is racism and bigotry still alive in America? Just read some of the negative comments by some of the McCain/Palin suppoters here and decide for yourself!

    October 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. carlo from montreal

    as a canadian i've been watching this election since the primary's....
    i'm very surprise to see people out there event talk about the republican...
    look where we are in the economy....it is the result of their philosiphy and their bad judgment. from going to irak ....
    so i think the choice is clear for u guys.....
    don't do the same mistake because obama is half black & white.
    he's a very intelligent guy ,smart , he has leadership, he's the only best thing that can happend to your country right now for many reasons............

    October 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. solomon pungong.

    Fellow citizens of America.chritian fathers and mothers; if you say you doubt if obama has changed from his past you all read from his story; then i doubt your chistianity becaus it takes God to change some one for a Purpose.Saul was a persicutor of christ but God made him king over isreal.do you know that.pope john paul 1 was doubted in Rome even by a certain media.just because he was thought of as new but then he was just the right person at the right time but evil prevailled and he never finished his job .may his soul rest in peace.the white brought christianity here down to Africa and we today believe it because we have seen the works of God.and then what do we do when those same white do not reflect what they preached to us some centuries back.Kill him!!!!!!! is that what you had to say as christians.please i think we should all prey God to reason and make the choice for us.i respect McCain but i know Obama was meant for this time just as SAUL to the isrealites.God bless America

    October 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Speaking of snakes.... and no insult intended to snakes here, I love snakes, though I respect them enough not to take them for granted....

    As I was saying, snakes do not change their colors.... McShame and McBarbie change like the wind... all they seem to know is that they want to win at any cost..... be it their integrity or for the sake of their souls.

    If anyone thought for one moment that McBush was not aware of what his camp was saying.... they were sadly wrong. I'm listening to CNN covering the campaign with what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail. It is very informative.

    And it merely proves my above comment that McBush is not changing anything. He's just trying a different tact. Mr. Nice Guy, strange.... he still looks like McBush to Me!

    October 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Sure They Will

    Hmmmm....anyone read the headlines over at FOX news yet...heh heh.....let the terror begin

    October 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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