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. GlenR

    What exactly are you trying to say Jake? I hope it isn't a take on Palin's 'executive' experience? I live in a small county containing one small city in upstate NY. It's population is 2/3 of Alaska's and it has a more diverse population and economy than Alaska. Funniest is that the Onodaga County Executive is a Republican woman who is smarter when she's sleeping than Palin could ever hope to be

    October 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. bronxite10

    McCain is not my choice, but he's not a bad guy. He responded to the Keating scandal with McCain- Feingold, he called the Pat Robertsons of the world "Agents of intolerence" which, of course, they are, he was against failing Rumsfeld tactics in Iraq and supported the more successful surge. He would have made a much better President than Bush, and it's a pity the Rovian smear machine was used against him in 2000 in South Carolina so successfully. It does not speak well of him that, when the chips were down in this election, he decided to use the same smear machine against Obama.

    McCain's basic problem is his conservative economic position. This finanical mess that set back our savings by five years would not have occurred but for the economic conservatives who thought oversight of the finanical markets just "got in the way". Well, now we very much want government to get in the way, and particularly get in the way of a worldwide depression.

    Conservatives now want to blame "greedy men". Herbert Hoover tried to do the same. Greedy, self serving people have always been and will always be there. The question for government is how to prevent those people from gaming the system for their short term benefit, and conservatives utterly failed to address that. They stuck their collective heads in the ground and pretended the problem didn't exist or that the free market would take care of all. This is where McCain's background, and he won't be able to break free from it no matter how much of a mavarick he is. He doesn't really know anything else. That's why McCain is the wrong choice for 2008.

    October 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Eleanor

    Sorry but its the republicans who are hypocrits!!!
    they claim to be these moral christian people but yet they are out there at these rallies of Palins and McCain spewing out their racism and hatred for Obama
    please explain to me how that is christian like
    they claim to be christians but their actions say otherwise!
    I would say Senator Obama is by far the christian here!
    I will give McCain the credit for trying to change the rhetoric but its too little too late
    You need to reighn in your pathetic pick for VP!!

    October 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Wake-up America

    Now this is the attributes of a TRUE LEADER. Acknowledge your opponents efforts to correct their malice and hateful mistakes and then get right back to the real issues that affect Americans.

    Keep on the facts Senator Obama, I am confident there are enough Americans that won’t buy into these FEAR TACTICS the Republicans have been shoving down our throats for 8 years.

    The Republicans are the TRUE SHAME of this country and this is one Independent Voter that will NOT be voting Republican this election.

    This is a disgrace to our country. SAD, JUST PLAIN SAD.

    October 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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