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. Richard

    Obama shouldn't have to thank McCain for doing what a decent person would have done to start with.

    McCain needs to tone down his irresponsible comments because of the intellectual level of some of his supporters.

    October 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Jake

    I can't wait until Obama is elected and all of the people who praise what a wonderful guy he is start complaining again like they always do. It's amazing how easily swayed and fooled people are.

    And one question: How is it that two people who have absolutely no good experience with financial matters are frontrunners in this election?

    People complained for months and months about gasoline prices and how difficult their little lives were, and all of a sudden nobody needs money, all they need is hope and a larder deficit than before.

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

    McCain is a stuntman!

    October 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. therealmarie

    McCain is scum. Period, Full Stop.

    October 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Concerned citizen

    I should have known that everything and everyone on this site is VERY liberal. Surprise,surprise! Go figure that CNN is not reporting anything about the voter fraud...ya know ACORN and how Obama has ties to that organization. Is it 10 states that have had voting fraud or has the number of states gone up?...I've seemed to have lost count of how many states have been effected. Apparently people who no longer exist (ya know dead people) and people who have never existed (ya know made up people) are voting. That's amazing!!! Why is CNN not reporting this to the American people???This network is withholding news. I always thought that news networks were suppose to report the news not HIDE it! Silly me.

    October 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Sue

    Over and over again, I hear tne news report that both campaigns are nasty and this is the worst ever. I don't understand their logic as I have never once seen Obama attack John on anything but his policies and the character traits he exhibits in his role as Senator and Presidental candidate. As a retired disabled Navy Vet, I am appalled at McCain's record on supporting his so called fellow Vets. I am also appalled at the way he turned on vets during the Vietnam War and treated his fellow POWs. To add insult to injury, he lied in the last deate and told the American people that we (vets) know he will take care of us. Yes, he'll take care of us alright. He'll stick it to us like he's done in the past (as his record shows) until we have nothing left. He is a trader to his fellow vets. Every decision he makes is based on what is best for John McCain. Furthermore, his wife Cindy accused Obama of voting against support and supplies for the troops (playing on the sympathy of the American people) all the while knowing that he husband voted the same way two weeks earlier. McCain voted against a bill to support troops because it hada timetable to withdraw; Obama voted against a bill to support the troops two weeks later because it had no time table to withdraw. Yet, the majority of serving members in Iraq are supporting Obama as they are tired of this senseless war and wantr to come home as well as Iraqi government and people want us out of there. Who is McCain, Cindy and Pallin really fooling?

    October 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Ron's Neighbor

    Guys, I know Ron, and he's a real pansy.

    October 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Jake

    to deb.

    You "embarace" yourself. Are we supposed to have respect for someone's opinions when they can't even spell them?

    October 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Pat

    If Macain supporters think they are angry, wait till Obama looses.
    The whole world is watching and everyone in this country believes that Obama is not leading with wider magine because of his race.
    We all can move forward and give Obama chance after 8yrs of hell or be stupid and see how the outside world especially those we owe will react to this non-sense Macain/Palin ticket.

    October 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Franklin County, PA for Obama

    Way to go Senator Obama, its great sportsmanship to show respect for your competitors. I can understand how hard it would be to do so though, Senator McCain has been anything but respectful all throughout his entire campaign.

    October 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Let's see? My last comment there was a bit long and rambling.

    I think what I was trying to say before I got caught up in the snake metaphor was that McSame is trying to look like McNiceGuy.... McFairGuy.... McApologeticGuy.... McI'veTurnedOver a NewLeafGuy.

    But all I can see is STILL McBUSHGuy with McBarbieGal at his side!

    They simply sound obscene to me in their attempts to smear the reputation of a good man!

    October 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Tony


    October 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. GlenR

    I so love the 'socialism' whine. Can one of you anti socialists (as if you actually know what the word means) come up with a word to for a party that brags about tax cuts while they're borrowing trillions from Chinese banks to pay for them? We pay $400 billion a year in interest on the debt thanks mostly to Reagan/Bush and Bush running up debt with no means to even begin paying it down in the near future. Add up 20 years of the interest on debt the GOP has run up and see how it compares the tax cut amount. In the long run their 'cuts' cost more money than they're worth.

    But hey pardon me for not wanting to burden future generations with my lack of fiscal responsibility. That, lying and abuse of power seem to be the GOPs greatest talents.

    October 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Sherry for Obama

    Real white of you McCain

    I'm a white woman voting for Obama proudly.

    October 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Justin Time

    Choose the right answer (there is only ONE correct answer);
    OBAMA: cool, calm, collected, sober, thoughtful, graceful under fire.
    MCCAIN: erratic, calculating, bizarre, attack dog reaching across the aisle (to bite your hand off!)
    Regards, a Canadian with free Universal Health Care – and loving it (come on up and see for yourself)!

    October 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Lourdes

    McCain looked utterly *pained* at having to say anything nice about Obama. He only did it because he realized his campaign had gone to far and that it was hurting him not helping. He's a hypocrite; a few days before he stood there and smirked when someone from the crowd yelled "terrorist!" The McCain campaign has been appealing to the basest human instincts and the worst of American fears and he ought to be ashamed.

    For those posters who say Obama offers no plans...really, that's a matter of you not doing your research. Please visit his website; there are too many specifics laid out there for me to summarize in a post. Unless of course you are just looking to justify voting against him for the guy whose plan is to continue the same policies that got the US into the situation we're in.

    CNN please post me!

    October 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Gina for Obama

    Hey Doroty ,Your granddoughter might be pregnant.......

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Renegades

    I always respected John McCain, especially for serving our great nation and defending our freedom. I give kudos to John for calming down the crowd at the Lakeville, Minnesota rally...no doubt I've gained a new respect for Senator McCain after these actions....Having said that, I still disagree with the McCain/Palin agenda and will be voting Obama/Biden this year:)

    October 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. idiots for McPalin

    what is there to Thank mccain for, telling the truth. That crazy lady from the audience said she "doesn't trust him, he's an ARAB!".

    This just shows you how uneducated people are. That lady was a disgrace. McCain is no one to thank. Palin is still using hateful rhetoric, while she was found to have abused her power in alaska.

    GOPS are nuts.

    October 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Carlos Jean-Gilles

    To Barbara in NY–

    The problem with your reasoning is very simple: because Sarah Palin appeals to you, it doesn't mean that she will ever appeal to the majority. Have you ever heard of the saying that likes attrack likes? A dumb broad, with absolutely no substance, appeals to you. What does that say about you?

    Sarah Palin is a one-hit wonder. After this election, she will quickly disappear from the national stage, and return to Alaska with her tail between her legs, never to be heard from again. After discovering who she really is, the people of Alaska will quickly boot her out as their governor at the first opportunity.

    The people of Alaska deserve better than Palin, and so does the rest of the country.

    Carlos Jean-Gilles
    Saint Louis, MO

    October 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. mel

    Wonderful. Now can both parties please talk about what each one will do to lead us out of this crisis? Please be specific. Our economy is sinking like the Titantic. We need a leader who has a plan, not a slogan, or an attack, or a bag of politcal tricks. America understands that we are flying by the seat of our pants and holding on by the skin of our teeth. We understand that every day we wake up and have to figure out what we can sacrifice just to get by until the end of the month. The economy is sending fast curve balls at us at an alarming rate. Every ball, you have decide to swing or duck. It is a new day everyday. We "get" that the President may also have to change his direction because of world market changes that he won't have control over. Both candidates need to tell us what path you think America needs to follow to get out of this mess. What are your priorities on day one? What do we need to to do fix this problem....pointing the finger at who has caused this can be decided by history. The cat is out of the bag. What do we do today and what do you expect to see from your actions to help get us out of this mess. The guy with a real plan is who America is looking for? I like to see some discussions of why one plan or direction has an advantage over another before election day. Believe all of America is really undecided.

    October 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Shirley

    I was starting to worry about Obama's safety. If anything should happen to him, I will put the blame on McCains shoulders! I think even McCain saw he got out of hand and tried to fix what he has done. Obama has shown us that even when the pressure is on you keep your intregrity and keep forging forward. I also think Michele Obama will make an excellant First Lady, she interviews so well and has a professional but warm way about her.

    Senator McCain for for the record, your dirty campaigning, President Bush in the White House and the whole republican party has turned me into a Democrate! We need change, not 4 more years of the same.

    October 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Leo Hussein Smith - TX

    I will bet $1,000.00 that the Bald Black Guy at McCain's wisconsin rally was gay and a paid plant. He was with a black lady who had fear on her face near the end.
    Hurry November; the Rethugs are "Killing Us"

    October 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. plain jane

    Look at the comments here and YOU BLAME McCaiN!!! the comments are here are racist and vile.

    October 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Janie Wilson, I am so sorry for your plight over your grandson. This is the kind of horror that is born of the hate rhetoric the McCain Camp is using. Someone will no doubt get seriously hurt and then it will be too late. The bus driver should have been fired! God bless and your grandson.

    Jesus said, "whatsoever you do unto these, you do it unto me".... our good Christian Republicans seem to have forgotten this. Hate breeds only more hate and violence. We do not need a return to the PreCivil Rights era!

    October 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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