November 14th, 2008
10:35 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama, McCain to meet

(CNN) - Barack Obama and John McCain will meet in Chicago next week, the Obama-Biden transition team announced Friday.

"On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter.

“It's well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel."

The two men spoke by phone Election Night, but have not met in person since the Al Smith dinner in New York on October 16.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Maggie from Virginia

    Obama is going to be the best President ever!

    November 14, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Patriot from ATL GA

    Now THAT is what I'm talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to get about the people's business and putting the paralyzing partisan rhetoric aside. Thank you, President Elect Obama and Senator McCain – both very good men! This is a welcome change for Washington and we are certainly glad to see it.

    November 14, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. BK

    It would be interesting if John McCain ended up with a position in Obama's cabinet, though I personally do not think he qualifies for anything after running such a dismal campaign.

    November 14, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. GINA, OHIO

    GREAT IDEA OBAMA!!! BIPARTISANSHIP ALL THE WAY!! WE ARE THE UNITED STATES!!!! NOT RED OR BLUE!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. DP

    President-elect Obama is so down to earth and has a good heart.

    November 14, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. steve

    President-elect Obama is great man that symbolizes UNITY.
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR ADMINISTRATION.

    November 14, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. CB

    I think this is pretty cool...

    November 14, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Liberian in Toronto

    This is great leadership in motion. Great to see that Obama is putting ego aside and reaching out to his opponents this early. Great Job! This is what Americans want to see...

    November 14, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Simmy

    Walk softly President Obama, but carry a BIG stick!

    November 14, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Cammi317

    This is good, McCain should have a part....just keep the hockey mom at home.....

    November 14, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    Obama's bipartisan, "country first" approach has now officially started. This leader does not hold political grudges and realizes that using experienced people to help initiate positive policies does promote CHANGE!!

    November 14, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Trina

    So he met with Hillary ...to offer Sec of State I bet and now he'll meet with McCain for Sec of Defence?...oh boy..lol

    November 14, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. ironmadonna

    Yes!...Finally, a president who makes good on non partisan politics, who appears to be making preliminary plans to keep campaign promises and surrounds himself with EVERYONE who had a stake in the presidential election but lost!! He's managing to keep Sara Palin out of Washington and from steeling his political thunder and manhood..That may be the hardest of all of his tasks...Smart smart smart!!!..
    President Elect Obama must be a student of Sun Tzu's The Art of War, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

    November 14, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Bruce

    Why is Grahm involved? he is a looser...I used to live in SC and he is really a do nothing.
    Would be interesting if Obama offered McCain a cabinet position,,,now that owuld be a bi-partisan move.

    November 14, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. Mike

    What for? The people have spoken and McCain was not the choice.
    He is not the Maverick he said he was. He is also not as progressive as he said he was. He has no substance other than he will make senators famous by making it known what kind of pork they ordered. McCain has proven that he is too old to be part of the " change" America needs.
    Thanks but no thanks!

    November 14, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. reginald smith fairfax va

    thats right barak keep your friends close and your enemies closer!!!!!!

    and keep a close eye on fox news. make sure when any suragate goes on that station they are prepared with the facts . make them go after hannity when he ask a dumb question and make him recant his lies and missinformation .with facts .

    November 14, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. katiec

    As Mccain supported and pushed for division in our country,
    hopefully he realizes now that unity among the politicians is a
    must.
    We cannot survive if our goverment does not work together
    to try and resolve all the crisises that face us.
    No more postering, pandering, finger pointing and ego trips.
    For once, put the survival of our country first.

    November 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. anna

    Anyone who read his book knows Obama has a lot of admiration for Senator McCain and the contributions of both Clintons.

    If he keeps true to his Bi-Partisan promise, I will be very impressed.

    that is the CHANGE Washington needs!

    November 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Pamela Rainsong

    I think this is wonderful news. I voted for Obama/Biden, but despite his bad judgement in his VP pick and his negative campaign rhetoric, I think he is a good man that just showed bad judgement in going down the dark road.

    November 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Michael watching from Canada

    This is a good first step to rebuilding relationships with the Republicans. It will be interesting to see if McCain might be offered a Cabinet position (which I doubt) or take on an initiative in which he is aligned with the Democrats.

    Regardless as to whether there may be role for McCain in an Obama administration, it certainly sends a signal that Obama is willing to explore bipartisanship.

    November 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Give a break

    Thats cool. I didn't like the lack of respect of how McCain treated but Obama but these are willing to meet and talk together like grwon folks then thats cool. I'm tried of the fighting its already hard enough to make in today's world but also added we are all fighting each other just stresses a person out. I pray we can come together and kick Hannity & Limbaugh to the curb.

    November 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Brooke in PA

    That's fantastic. I think they'd work together really well. Good for Obama and McCain

    November 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Matt

    Will they be fighting a cage match?

    November 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Washington Observer

    Obama views McCain as one of the few Republicans he can trust and work with. Obama is believed to trust McCain more than Pelosi and Reid, both of whom Obama views as too partisan and incompetent to the core

    November 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Give a break

    Disregard the first post I was sleep LOL...

    Thats cool. I didn't like the lack of respect John McCain showed Obama but if they're willing to meet and talk together like adults then thats coolwith me. I'm tired of the fighting its already hard enough to makeit in today's world but also added that we are all fighting each other just stresses a person out. I pray we can come together and kick Hannity & Limbaugh to the curb.

    November 14, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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