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. tim

    America doesn't have to fear Barak Obama because of his race, wether he be black or white what matters is what the person on the inside does for this country.

    October 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. nate

    Something a true leader would do.

    Obama 08/12

    October 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Martie

    McCain for president
    McCain for president
    McCain for president

    October 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Matt

    Fellow Obama supporters: do not stoop to the lows of the McCain mobs and start boo-ing. Keep positive and rise above the negativity.

    October 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Bill Denton, TX

    Quit your whining!!

    You want me to think you can stand up to terrorists and you have the audacity to play the old, 'He's being mean to me' Martyr card?

    Gimme a break!!

    October 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Bob in Fl


    Both sides supports suck.

    October 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Jason

    Uh, it's Philly. They boo Santa Claus there.

    October 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    'That One' is THE one!

    Obama '08!

    October 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Kevin

    The tone of this campaign has turned extremely negative. So much so to the point that I fear for both candidates' lives if either were to be elected.

    We are reaching a truly scary point in American history.

    October 11, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. docrock,tx

    I thank McCain/Palin for nothing.They puposely stirred up this "lynch mob mentality",and it was done with premeditation.If dsomething horrible happens to Obama,we know EXACTLY who to put on trial.If by some Supreme Court judgement McCain becomes president,Palin will make Cheney look like an Angel.Besides,I was under the impression that the ONLY "Supreme" entity was God.Only in American politics would someone dare equate themselves with our Creator.

    October 11, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Rashawn

    I am an Obama supporter. But, this is the problem between the two candidates. With all the negative attacks, we are separating the country rather than bringing it together. We need to get back to the issues and stop attacking one another!

    October 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. scott

    but campaigns should be respectful to one another

    October 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Sue in Alabama

    And, as ever, Senator Obama is the gentleman.

    And yet, he will not back down from the truth!

    Obama/Biden '08 and Beyond!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Michael B

    So McCain did the right thing, Obama acknowledged that (right before going back-handed), and he gets booed? What's wrong with America?

    October 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Josh

    Good to hear this from both sides... Lets stick to the issues fellas!

    October 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Lynn, CT

    Had this been McCain's tone throughout the campaign, I might still be a republican and been voting for him as I really admired him. However, it is too little, too late. He has shown the type of people with whom he chooses to surround himself and I simply don't think that type of win at all costs, abuse of power mentality is what I want to see in a president.

    Hopefully, supporters on both sides will learn something and tone down the vitriol and instead, respectly disagree.

    October 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. JJ


    October 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Veterans For Obama

    Its a shame Palin had to get so negative in her smears. I blame her for the drastic plunge in integrity in the McCain campaign.

    October 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Watermann

    I found out that the aggressive and personal attacks against Barack Obama has been intensified after Steve Schmidt took over the campaign from Rick Davis. The Republicans have underestimated this year`s voters and the actual developments.

    October 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. James From Chicago


    October 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Jay W

    I appreciate McCain and Obama turning down the heat, and getting back to the issues, its sad that some division mongers, and old political partisans still subscribe to the negative ads, spin and shouting matches from the days of old, but NOT THIS TIME, we are too deep in issues to allow it. NOT THIS TIME, Thank you MEN for stepping up and stamping out the nonsense.

    October 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Once again Obama being the bigger person. It should not have taken McCain so long to put an end to the hatred. Based on what Palin has been saying lately I thought McCain was going to throw more logs on the fire. McCain please just tell me how you differ on the issues and how you can turn this country around, don't take the country down with you. Let people make decisions on the issues and who they think can get us out of the mess Bush has put us in.

    October 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Michigan Independent

    My guess is that thoughtful Republicans ...or secret service...contacted the McCain campaign and insisted the rhetoric stop!

    October 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Mike

    Yeah way to keep an open mind liberals! How can you boo mccain after someone praises his service to the country. pretty ignorant if you ask me

    October 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Over taxed, over worked

    When will we spend time talking about illegal immigration or non-intervention? These silly little attacks on both sides is going to get us a president who didn't have to answer one question through the whole debate process.

    I guess we'll have to settle for of the same. Nobody fixing anything..

    October 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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