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. Hal, Redondo Beach, CA

    It is sad how low the McCain Palin people have sunk. Do they know that it is treasonous to call for murdering a Senator, patriot and most likely next President??

    The ONLY people still standing with McCain are the racist nut-jobs. Every decent American sees these two for what they are, cowards and narcissists.

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Mia and Mike

    Good job Sen. Obama. Recognition for doing right and giving thanks is something Gov. Palin is totally stumped on. I'm sure deep down inside she may be actually be a caring person, but that side of her is miles and miles away from what I can see. Perhaps she displays it during her angry mob rallies.

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. mitch

    barack will be our best president,ever......

    October 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. paul

    Obama 2008

    October 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    Obama = Gentleman

    October 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Bush

    Great comment !!!!
    Leadership to acknowledge your opponent when they are right and when they are wrong, you disagree with them with respect.

    Thank you senator Obama for showing a 72 years old veteran what is a leadership is all about

    October 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Maggie from Virginia

    That's right. This movement is bigger than Barack Obama. This is the American people taking our country back. Barack is the vessel we chose to achieve this goal. No weapon formed against Obama shall prosper. I pray for McCain and his supporters to stop the hate. America needs to heal.

    October 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. ndubi

    Obama, tit for tat is a fair game. Dont handle those two musketeers with baby gloves. March them word for word, action for action. They have run out of ideas and honestly I do not understand why they are still running.

    October 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. kenny cole


    October 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Yogi

    John, clean up your own house first. Too many lobbyists, Keating Five in your past, and taking both sides of every issue. What were you thinking when you nominated Palin? You certainly didn't put "country first" when you let your little head think for your big head.

    October 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Flex

    It was entertaining to see the w.a.s.p. from Wisconsin to declare his anger to the world. Then he declared that there we needed our heads examined. The irony in that statement is that has been my sentiment for the last 8 years.

    October 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. T

    I was there and the boos were not heavy.

    October 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Winnie in Montana

    It seems to be that Sen. Obama is being very gracious and understanding. Sen. McCain, on the other hand, has been forced, I believe, to take this new stand in reaction to the negative press his campaign has been receiving. Stoking the fires of hate,and dealing with any potential consequences can't be something a candidate can look positively on. He's just covering his own you know what.

    October 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Steve

    Sasha, did McCain call Obama a family man before or after he called him a terrorist?

    October 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. King


    October 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Larry Daley

    Yes Mr. McCain has no plan for the economy which seems to be pretty obvious. We need a plan and Obama has it! Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. mitch

    mccain just got heckled by a war protester. lmao!

    October 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Sometimes I think that Obama is just too much of a nice guy, but that is okay. He is still aggressive enough for me. All McCain is trying to do is lock back up the Pandora's Box that he helped to open and unleash on this campaign. McCain is unstable and erractic and cannot be trusted to handle the serious issues that require a calm and steady hand of leadership.

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Senator Obama for acknowledging your appreciation of McCain toning down the rhetoric, but we know McCain can't be trusted to do what he says.

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. tom

    The crowd was booing the hateful comments made by McCain's supporters (including Palin) not Obama's acceptance of McCain's attempt to dial down the hatred at his events.

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Jeremiah Wiggins

    The anger, misinformation, and mislaid fear I'm seeing from McCain supporters in the past week is truly frightening. People who believe Senator Obama is an Arab, a Muslim, or a terrorist sympathizer, or whatever else their fear soaked minds can imagine, should seek professional help. Thank God Senator McCain has stepped up to the plate to quash this idiocy. The only shame is he's the one who let the genie out of the bottle and stoked the ire. If anything happens to Senator Obama he and Governor Palin should be held responsible for inciting a riot.

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. brave08

    A BIG applaused to Senator John McCain's professional attitude
    regarding Sen.Obama. Great job.......

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. David

    McCain is not an honorable man...but politics forces the truth to be gloss coated. If McCain was honorable, he would chastize Palin for causing the situation, he would kick her off the ticket for abusing her authority, He would kick he off the ticket for NOT PAYING HER TAXES. Wake up America. The only honor is in the Obama ticket.

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Brian NYC

    He's right once again. He's so presidential. I'm glad we will finally have someone whom is decent in the White House. He has excited America.

    October 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Russ

    Barack needs to maintain the high road. McCain has decided to get down and dirty, his campaign is stuck in the mud and that's where it'll stay.
    The important thing from now until Nov. 4th is to keep the voters informed, keep us in touch and motivate everyone to get out there and VOTE!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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