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. JAM

    Every time I hear Barack Obama speak I think of how nice it's going to be to have a grown-up in the White House for a change.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It's still going on in the abusive ads running in NC. Sickening.

    Voting Oct. 16 for Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Arabphobia

    So Presidential

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

    Barack is a good guy.

    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Anonymous


    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Pat

    A little late I think for McCain to tone down rhetoric after inciting crowds to hate and racist rants! How honourable of him but why did he stoop to such dispicable tactics in the first place and why did it take him so long to amble onto the edge of the high road to try to disquiet what he ramped up! Too Little Too Late. He showed his true character and nothing will turn the page on that now! McCain is Done.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN America needs Truth, Integrity, Decency, and A Leader that gets it and knows what to do with it!

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Mike - Vancouver Canada

    That's great to hear. Now if only both parties could do the same with their ads.

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. abraxis

    Advice to the Dems: Take the high road and keep fighting back with the truth.

    Do not let your guards down until after November 4th.

    The low road taken by the repubs has proven to work in the past and in the present for and with those flat earth people.

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Bill

    It is very sad that Barrack is implying that the McCain campaign is trying to tone down their crowd reactions to Barrack. The reality is that these sleazy cretins are fist whipping the crowd into a frenzy and then McCain (as opposed to McAble) pretends to try and rein in the crowd. The proof for this is in the analysis of the Palin rallies where she lets loose everything and anything that she can fit in that meager mind of hers and no attempt is made to rein her in my McCain and the campaign team. These are hateful, small minded, not very bright (creationism and "End of Days"for example) people that should be sent back to their back woods homes (Arizona & Alaska), in Palin's case back to the double wide that serves as the Alaskan State House. She and her backwards oh I meant backwoods husband who thinks that everything can get solved by being a bully (a Joe Six Pack trait) rather that being educated and understanding the issues and then coming to a best practice solution.

    Well back to the original idea, it's time for Barrack to stop saying that McCain is trying to tine down the crowd and start accusing him and his leadership team of inciting the actions and suggesting that this type of tactic is not what we need to bring the US back into the world community that it will be a continuation of the last 8 years and another 4 years may put us so far outside the world community that it would take a far bigger commitment to return to being a member in good standing than we would want to have to tackle.

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. TKW-New Mexico

    Now that's a real leader! Senator Obama is AWESOME!

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Kristine in Memphis

    You are going to make a great President!

    Change We Need!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. gh

    That rhetoric is lightweight. There are more intresting facts, just google this:

    obama foreign contributions

    obama acorn

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. nelson

    I seriously doubt McCain is trying to tone down anything.. he loves it
    but of course he won't admit it! Like his "plants" in those rallys he has been holding. omg,,.. but if he is the cause of a serious racial issues,
    or condones violent action... HE CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, BY LAW. Federal law prohibits those types of actions and approval of
    any violent acts against anyone.He better get a grip on his campaign
    supporters, if possible.

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. carmen douglas

    I will like to know what the latest poll say about the latest news in regards to Palin abuse of power?

    October 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Dominic

    This is the tone we all expected when these two great public servants were elected as nominees. Please don't get back to the tenor of the last few weeks. As an Obama supporter, McCains comments yesterday brought me back to his maverick days in 2000.

    October 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. james

    Obama has got to learn from the swift-boat lesson, shoot down lies as soon as they come out of McCain-Palin camp. Don't ever think lies and poison don't stick if you are clean.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. DGW

    The effort by McCain and Palin to incite fear and loathing from their supporters has backfired. Now everyone realizes how dangerous things can become. There are a lot of white people in this country who are afraid of what a Black president could mean for them and I guess in some ways understandable, they have not seen anything else.
    This is the time for America to show that it can rise above all of this and do what they think is right.
    This is your test America, this is the biggest test since the Civil Rights era and on Nov 4th we will know how far we have really come.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Claire, Martha's Vineyard

    Sara Palin is a complete oxymoron of an American. It is ironic how
    she spewed her venom and incited the most ugliest underbelly of
    American society, and she herself abused her power while in office.
    I wonder of the bigots some of which call themselves Cristians can look themselves in the mirror this morning?
    The sad part is that they probably can. McCain may have saved a tiny
    bit of any honor that he has left by defending his and Palin's lies about
    Senator Obama, who worked his way up to become a worthy and
    patriotic American, only to be told by his fellow American, that he is the
    wrong color. This should wake America up to not judge a book by
    its cover. The devil just may wear lipstick.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    The notion of 'experience' when it comes to leading a country should be considered carefully. While it is important to have some understanding of working in government, when there is no incumbent running, neither candidate has any more experience leading a country than the other. So what the voters really need to do is vote for who they think has the most 'potential' to be the best leader for the country. Think about it.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. ET

    McCain has served our country with honor, and he will also as president. Obama you are so dishonest, buying votes, paying ACORN 800.000 dollars to turn in phoney voter registration forms. All your lies is going to bounce back on you!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |


    October 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Nick Capone

    It is seriously too bad that all the supporters for John McCain are racist, uneducated people. In a rare case they are educated but either racist, rich pricks or in the worst case both.

    To laugh and cheer at comments like "Off with his head", and "He's an arab", just goes to prove my point. These people believe anything they read...if they can indeed read.

    The Republicans know that they need to target the uneducated because they are the only people left in this country who are stupid enough to believe in the Republican party and their so called "change". They figure if they can divided the country via race or by any other means that that will give them a chance at winning the election. The same exact reason why they picked Sarah "I can see Russia" Palin because they believe that they can distract female voters and supporters of Hillary Clinton. The only problem with that is that Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton, not by a long shot.

    Good luck Republicans, of course if you keep messing with the registration and ballots you won't need luck.

    October 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. SHELLI1313

    Senator Obama you are a man of means and your honesty, truthfulness, good heart and strength in not whailing on McNasty is refreshing. As a former Republican I am voting for you!
    This Old Man, He played Racism, Bigotry, Republican Party Smear/ Fear tatics and is a Losing/Lier along with his Untrustworthy VP Pick and it it coming back to haunt them! Now his followers are yelling out Kill Him, Traitor, Terrorist, speaking of (Senator Obama), This is scare tatics and McNasty and FailinPalin are War Mongers and BIGLIERS!



    October 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Grok

    Isn't it funny how the "country first" campaign has turned into the "win at any cost" campaign?

    Unfortunately, the two faces of the McCain campaign are not compatible with each other.

    Frankly, that combined with all the fast talking right wing talking heads blathering on a mile a minute with half-truths and ridiculous support for obvious falsehoods has sunk his campaign.

    Didn't Orwell warn us about people that try to convince us that war is peace, up is down, and so on? When are they going to increase our chocolate rations from 200g to 100g? It's offensive!

    They can't treat us like idiots and expect us to like it, can they?

    October 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Mountain man

    You can't unring a bell. The things that have been said by the McCain/Palin camp are still fresh in peoples minds. Palin is STILL lying and it will do no good putting her in the position of the VP of the USA. Things would only be worse than Cheneys policies. You think they pushed the envelope with him? If Palin got there, she would only further the ways of Cheney...Vote wisely.

    October 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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