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. BluCanon

    REAL TALK!!!


    October 11, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Ted van Tol

    Within two weeks McCain sents Palin home, end his campaign for
    he is to tired and endorse Obama like I predict 12 months ago.
    Barcak is what America and this world need.

    America, please keep Barack safe!!!!!!

    Ted van Tol
    The Netherlands

    October 11, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. atlsan69

    Obama is just a gentleman. Instead of going there and he said he could. He takes the higher road. This is the man that I want for President of the United States.


    October 11, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. simone

    McCain and Palin agitated the crowd with their slams against Obama till the crowd sounded like a "lynching mob." Now he is trying to get out of it. I think the damage has been done.

    Obama will win.

    October 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. election watcher

    Meanwhile nothing from Obama supporters asking them to tone down the vehemence in their anti-McCain rhetoric

    October 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Independent: NOW FOR BARACK AND JOE

    go BARACK and go JOE!

    October 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Florida Gold

    Senator Obama you are a gentleman and very presidential. This is what we Americans want from a person that wants to be the leader of this great nation.We Americans deserve decency and honestly from ours leaders.OBAMA/BIDEN/08

    October 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Alana



    October 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. BK

    McCain keeps changing his mind about what he's doing. That was some pretty fast back-tracking McCain did when he realized people in general weren't buying the conspiracy theory crap about Obama. Now he's stuck talking to crowds of violent idiots at his campaign events because a lot of his good people went over to Obama's side.

    October 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Barack Jr.

    Barack OPresident.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Chris in Virginia

    Just another occasion where we can all see who the better man is, obviously Obama is the total opposite of what The McCain-Palin ticket tried to paint him as. Obama will go down as one of the greatest people in worlds history, that I am sure of.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. kioko

    The Mcain camp is making this country look like politics in a third world country.
    The campaign tone is at the verge of violence.This is very close to Robert Mugabe,s campaign in Zimbambwe.If Mcain won, would he have face to tell any world dictactor to run a decent fair election?

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Mike, FL

    McCain and the Rep have no solution to the economic crises and all they have left is nonsese smears that doesn't help us with our financial struggle!

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. JT

    Ayers was a university professor who had been honored by the City of Chicago for his service to the city. He was a young child whe Ayers was planting bombs at government buildings. McCain being older has a different frame of reference, going back 40 years.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. gl

    McSane like to tell his base what they want to hear which is the ecomony is fine. He keep disrespecting Chicago like they all thugs. He keep talking about it is Obama fault regarding Freddie and Fannie
    He also keeping stating lies that have been proving by the FACT CHECK regarding fineing small business when fact check have said it was a lie. This man just lies and lies on all the thinks fact checks have proving McCain is a big liar like he Republican basis.

    October 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. MC

    But McCain is a POW.

    OBAMA 08!

    October 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. C Spurgeon

    Just keep to those issues and let Mcain an Palcheny to to themselves.

    October 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Lani in Los Angeles

    If I were Obama, I wouldn't mention McCain unless it was absolutely necessary.

    A winning campaign needs to talk about positive issues that matter to Americans.

    October 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Gambi

    Thank you for showing us how to be tolerant.
    Vote Hope Not Hate
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. brian BC/Canada

    A sleezy comment from a sleezy politician. McSame is stooping so low, he's now getting "supporters" to throw softballs at him. "I can't vote for an Arab". Are these people for real. For God sakes people, learn to read and do a little homework, after all, we are in the 21st century.

    October 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Come together,
    right now!

    October 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. brave08

    I like McCain but cannot vote for HIM due to his selection o f
    Vice-president. I cannot trust or read lipstick unfortunately.

    October 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Please Mr Next president focus on winning don't pay attention to looser Mccain who got nothing better to say, all he's good at it's lies lies one after another. Be positive that's the attitude.
    Obama/Biden for President

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Donna

    Senator Obama, you have been consistently gracious... I commend you.

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. John

    Great, thank-you john McCain for endorsing Barack Obama for president

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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