October 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama thanks McCain for efforts to 'tone down rhetoric'

Obama thanked McCain for his Friday comments.

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. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    AN ANCIENT ADICE TO McCLOWN:

    """"...they have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind""".

    October 11, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    WHERE IS MY COMMENT, CNN? DIDN"T LIKE IT? DIDN'T LIVE UP TO YOUR BIAS TOWARD NOBAMA?

    October 11, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Mortimer

    It is about time that McCain started shunning those screams of "kill him" and "terrorist" at rallies instead of smiling for the cameras.

    But I still want a full apology for not condoning those actions for the past week. One day of "Obama is decent" isn't enough.

    October 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. CONCERN

    Humble guy!!

    October 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Natasha in tally

    the sad part about all of this is it may be too little too late. john mccain supporters booed him who he tried to be civil. he has whipped then into a frenzy and now there maybe no stopping what he has started.

    October 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. bmaggiemay

    John McCain is realizing that you can't put the genie back into the bottle. My question is did John McCain realize this on his own or did other Republican Senators demand that he apologize for his and Palin remarks?

    October 11, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. lyly,MD

    I guess it is to late now to stop what they started! McCain doesn't event know what his is doing anymore!

    October 11, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. ERP

    Even in defending Barack Obama's character, John McCain missed a golden opportunity to lower racial prejudices and stereotypes. In his answer to the misguided elderly lady who believed that Obama is an "Arab", he never addressed the fact that there is no shame in being an Arab. His answer actually reinforced racial hatred and prejudices towards all Arabs in America.

    I wonder what the millions of law-abiding Arab-Americans think of this double slur. Shame on McCain who clearly showed his true colors and the fact that he is unfit to be the President of all Americans.

    October 11, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Is McPalin A Witch?

    If he is sincere, why won't McCane pull his Fear Tactics TV ads? 😛

    October 11, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. No Country For Old Men

    I'm glad that John McCain made an efforts to "tone down the rhetoric.
    But I'm also afraid that the Red Meat Republicans will not stop!

    October 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. charzie NY

    There goes Barack again, always the gentleman, always the intelligent one, "that one" who will be a wonderful President-because he has brains! charisma! leadership ability, as shown by his nearly flawless campaign (compared to Hillary's disatrous one and McSame/McShame's never ending antics). The whole country needs to get behind the future President Obama to help him dig this country out of the Bush messes of the past 8 years and put the USA back on the world map of respect! Thank you Obama/Biden for being yourselves and speaking the truth about all matters that concern our country and those unintelligent people who would destroy it (Palin).

    October 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Sue in Alabama

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation."

    And, as ever, Senator Obama is the gentleman.

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

    Obama/Biden '08 and Beyond!!!
    ..........................................................

    Well? Are you going to print it?

    October 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. msbea

    Racisim is not a sign of civilization.......

    October 11, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. DX in TX

    Senator Barack Obama has managed an admirable campaign. He continues to project leadership with calm fortitude that our country has been missing. I believe that Senator Obama is an intelligent man with the smarts to surround himself with the right people to get this country back on track, that’s a sign of a true leader. Granted he has made mistakes in his past, but at least Barack Obama has been man enough to admit he was wrong and quickly dismissed anything or anyone who would prove divisive to this country. Unlike like John McCain!!!

    John McCain has poisoned this campaign with lies and half truths. Now his supporters are spewing misguide hate! He laughed in a town hall gathering when one of his supporters called Hillary the B-word. He has managed to convince his supporters that Senator Obama is a terrorist. Why would someone do this, knowing how Americans feel about terrorists! I’ll tell you why, because John McCain will do and say anything to win this election. John McCain and his surrogates only care about winning; McCain could care less about this country or the American people. Some hero….

    All I can give John McCain is prayer, but for Barack Obama I will give him my vote (and prayer).

    OBAMA/BINDEN ‘08

    October 11, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. cecil

    Don't Thank Sen. McCain Obama, Thank The "NSA" and The "FBI".

    They Warn The McCains Camp!

    October 11, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Carl Justus

    McCain does not have anything to offer to solve any of the problems facing America so he resorts to name calling, and scare tactics to try to win votes.

    October 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Obama/Biden 08/12

    Obama has such a calm, cool and collected demeanor. These are the signs of a great leader and president.

    October 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. isaac

    you see, Obama looks and acts more presidential. Running misleading campain is turning of average americans. i am glad Mccain come to his senses.

    October 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Anna

    Actually, Senator, the American people don't know what is going on... they are just looking for a hero to give them confidence that the future will be brighter than what it is now.

    Well there is good news for all. Before the election even decides our next President.

    North Korea is now off the terror list.
    I read this morning that gas should drop below $3.00 a gallon soon, and stay there.
    Electric/hybrid technology is developing in such a way that lower-gas usage automobiles should be widely available within two years.

    That is all good news, and has nothing to do with either candidate.

    October 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. sabuc for Obama

    Thanks for the 30 seconds of chivalry BUT please Senator McCain leave the role of Two-Face to Aaron Eckhart.

    October 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. ENE M DIAZ

    ALMOST IN THE NATION WIDE MILLONS OF ILLEGALS IMMIGRANTS ARE SUPPORTED BY OBAMA , TO HAVE DRIVERS LICENCES. IT IS A VERY RADICAL PLAN AND VERY SERIOUS TO OUR FBI AND ICE, OFFICES. THERE IS NO DOUBTS THAT THE ORGANIZED CRIME AND ACCORN, ACTIONS WITH DEMOCRACY ALIANCE, HAD RELIGIOUS CONNOTATIONS TO MADE VOTE FRAUD APPLICATIONS AND FAKE REGISTRATIONS. VOTE FRAUD FLORISHED IN MANY CITIES, STATES, DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS, POVERTY, AND UNEMPLOYMENT. IT IS THE IMPORTANT CAUSE OF BRIBERY IN ORDER TO ACHIEVEING POWER. OBAMA POLITIC IS EXTREMA AND OFTEN CONFUSED.////

    October 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. SHELLI1313

    The Obama Campaign has such a great attitude in reaching the people. His campaign is not based on Racism, Bigoted talk, appealing to the Racists and talking to the people about their concerns. Jobs, The Economy, Energy, Education, Healthcare and the Reputation of these United States of America. I respect and like that very much. These are the things that are very, very, very important to me and my family and my friends. I as a former Republican will be voting for "THAT ONE"!

    Shelli in Georgia

    October 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. lea

    I'm glad John McCain has finally gotten back to straight talk. It took a lot of guts for him to do the right thing in front of a crowd like that. A few of the people I've been seeing on TV at the McCain/Palin rallys are through-backs to an uglier time. I thought our Country had come farther than this. I have news for those people, liberals love their country just as much as conservatives. We all love this Country and want to make it a better place for EVERYONE!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. for obama nj-dp

    obama is so gracious, he always compliments mccain....even though mccain tears him apart, i cannot see how anyone can vote for an erratic person who flips and flops like mccain, he is like a jekyl and mr hyde, we never know day from day who he is going to be......today he is trying to be nice....it doesn't fit his character....we need a president who stands on solid ground like obama.........

    October 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. G-Man

    When will McShame suspend his campaign again? Does anyone know? I think he should suspend it until December!

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