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John McCain Concedes, Offers Support to Obama

John McCain conceded less than 30 minutes after polls closed on the West Coast tonight, saying he had already called Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on his historic win. In a speech made to his supporters in Arizona, McCain expressed his sympathies that Obama's grandmother did not live to see her grandson elected and offered goodwill to the president elect.

Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help and lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next President our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together.

McCain went on to tell supporters it is "natural to feel some disappointment. Though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours." Love him or hate him, what did you think of McCain's speech?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I thought it was a moving speech, glad that all the "if mccain loses he will fight it, or sue, or whatever" naysayers a reason to eat their words. He is and has always been an honorable man. People Boo at speeches like this because the are just plain dissapointed, they worked hard and feel like someone just punched them in the gut. It doesnt mean anything but that.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I'm just glad he didn't try to fight it.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
This was more the McCain I remembered. I still think in my heart he was genuinely unnerved by the woman saying "He's an Arab" at that rally. I think some part of him knew that was a bad sign, and the wrong place to be going. For all the teasing some did about his age (I never took part in that, age was a concern for me but I never, ever would diss someone for that, any more than their colour or anything else that is just part of a person's natural being), I think he has been on this Earth long enough to know what was real, and what was b.s. - I think that's what got him into trouble with his own party sometimes, and why - despite not always agreeing with him in the past, I really did have a soft spot for the guy. I related to his temper, in a way. I can see strategically why Palin was chosen - but I also can see how other strategic options (for instance, bringing in fiscally strong, conservative intellectuals or someone the Independents were already fond of and familiar with) might have helped. When Palin came into the picture I just shook my head and sighed along the lines of "here we go again"....and sure enough the "real American-isms" began to flow. But America isn't the America of 1980, or 1950 or 1900...its the America of now. And I think politicians have to look forward very carefully at what the country actually is now - WHO it is - and learn to listen to the voice of the whole country, not just the segement that fits their own vision of what it "once was" (often an illusion) or is now. (ditto.) This applies to both parties. The life I lead may be very different from a Kansas housewife, or a devout Mormon in Utah. Our choices, our families, our exposure to the world is utterly different, our value structure may be as well. To run for office today means understanding those people too, and not just the ones around which we feel "at home". "Country first"....not demographic. Country. McCain's temper made me wary of him in the "hotseat" but I think politicians like him - in positions where they can safely speak their minds and lose their cool (hehe) - are very important indeed.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
If he had been the person in that speech through the whole campaign, he would have had a better chance. I really believe he ran on and became someone he wasn't and that will always lead to a loss.
cheytown cheytown 8 years
I thought McCain's speech was thoughtful, open minded, and very humble. I honestly think when he chose Sarah Palin, that he had just lost the presidential race, she should have stayed here in Alaska, and she should have passed on the opportunity.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
My family in Mexico are so proud that Obama was elected, and were scared had mccain been elected
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This really moved me, and I think that if we had seen this gracious and sincere side of him more during the campaign, and less of the other side, it would have been a far different election cycle.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I, too, agree with popgoestheworld
tiabia tiabia 8 years
McCain gave a great concession speech!!! And I do think it was a return to form of the John McCain that I, at one time, had a lot of respect for.
CYL CYL 8 years
Yes I agre other countries are laughing at the US for electing Obama. I am from Canada CONGRATTTTSSS! He singals a new era of change and possibly a more peaceful world. And trust friends in Ireland, Britian, and France all feel the same way. Many stayed up and watched the results! Go Obama!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Eh, they could have *tried* rioting, but given how the stage was set up here, plus the HOARDS of policemen and women from IL and IN...I doubt anything major would have happened. Maybe this is just my optimism speaking, but eh. It would have taken a LOT of stupid people to start something with that much police presence on the scene, so eh.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Of course Obama fans would have boo'ed. You are crazy to think there wouldn't have been booing from that crowd and probably riots. People were threatening riots locally here in MSP if Obama didn't win.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Ooh, I second amybdk. Everything pop said. :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
What Pop said. Every.single.point.
em1282 em1282 8 years
...aaaaaaaand great speech from McCain. He did a wonderful job.
em1282 em1282 8 years
One last thing...I don't know how people can be so doom and gloom when, in America, we have this lovely thing called checks and balances within our government. I wouldn't have been as happy if McCain had won the election, but I woudln't be ready to sign over all of my "freedoms and liberties" as an American just because he and his running mate do not support 100% of the things I support.
em1282 em1282 8 years
"The president of the United States deserves my respect, and I will give it. I will also watch him fail. I will watch my wallet get lighter, my retirement fund dwindle, and the freedoms and liberties that this country was founded on disappear. I will watch other countries laugh at us." Really? Also, funny you mention your retirement fund, my parents (who are conservative) have been b!tching to me for the last four years about their retirement fund basically being non-existent now, and watching as two of their friends now have foreclosed homes. All this without Obama yet stepping foot into the White House. So...yeah, that dwindling is already happening now, and has been happening for a while. Not sure how this is Obama's fault, but eh. I also don't really see my freedoms disappearing, or other countries laughing at us--I have friends in Canada, the UK, and tons of family in Spain, the Philippines, and Central America, and I've gotten congratulatory emails/text messages from all of them today. Maybe other countries are "laughing", but eh...they were laughing with Bush, so I don't really see how this is a downgrade in any way, shape or form.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
mswender - I loved Palin's suit too. Didnt like Michelle Obamas dress though, speculated to be Narciso Rodriguez. In the end this is about unity. The campaign is over and the President has been selected. Lets find a way to fix our broken nation. Together.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
This was the best speech I have ever seen him give. If he had brought this McCain out on the campaign months ago I would have had a harder time making my decision. He was gracious and I finally understood what other people were seeing in him.
white-Lily white-Lily 8 years
That was a great speech from McCain, though I from Canada I have great respect for him.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
i think THIS is the McCain that so many people love.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Sorry that post detracted me from what I came on here to say. McCain gave a lovely speech and I respected him greatly for it. Sure the booing was a bit disappointing but I agree with some others that there is NO WAY the Obama fans wouldn't have booed in the reverse circumstances. There is a lot of disappointment out there and probably a lot of anger. McCain did a great job out there and I was proud of him.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
"I will also watch him fail. I will watch my wallet get lighter, my retirement fund dwindle, and the freedoms and liberties that this country was founded on disappear. I will watch other countries laugh at us." Wow, that sounds SO much like the Bush presidency it's amazing. Everyone's retirement plans are shot, the world thinks we're a joke, and we've had legislation passed to impinge on our freedoms. Only time will tell what an Obama presidency will bring. I don't think it's as bad as the fear mongerers are making it out to be. Nor do I think it will be as rosy as some diehard fans think it will be. Why are you even pretending to get behind Obama out of respect for McCain? You're not supporting Obama - you're just being passive aggressive.
CYL CYL 8 years
Mykie...can you explain to me how "the freedoms and liberties that this country was founded on disappear." ? I don't think Obama is exactly going to go in tmw and be like "ok you all, no more freedom of speech...or anything like that?" Perhaps I am missing something? Its early in the mornng on the West Coastand I am lacking in coffee
CYL CYL 8 years
I agree with most people. He made a great speech. Gracious, and humble. I never disliked him, and always thought he was a great man. Just not right for the position he was running for...and of course Palin...I really do think she lots quite a few votes for him. And yes I agree with the comment about hte boos. WTF was that?! Sore losers, the Obama crowd cheered for McCain when Obama mentioned McCain's name. Shame on you! It was McCain's moment to say his piece and his moment in the spot light. NOT YOURS. Let the man speak, let the man say his speech the way it is intended to be. That speech was NOT about you.
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