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. Pamela

    3 Words...
    Secretary of Defense

    November 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Paul

    My best guess is that they will be conspiring a way to steal the hope diamond (south park anyone?).

    November 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. jeff

    Good idea, but please no meeting with Sarah Palin.

    November 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Sarah

    If Obama appoints McCain in his administration and McCain is willing to work under him, this nation is truly one. Good approach.

    November 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. RMKING FL FOR OBAMA

    It just warms my heart to have voted for such an honorable man. He will to amazing things.

    November 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Dan

    Clinton is a major mistake for SOS. If he go's there, it's his first mistake in my book.

    November 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Chris

    Obama and McCain differ to much on Iraq, like when to get out. I don't think McCain should be considered for Defense. There's gotta be something else he can do! I can tell you one thing, by January 20th this country is finally going to have some ORDER and Obama really WILL be able to 'hit the ground running!" And McCain...lose Lindsey Graham. He's such a jerk!

    November 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. alreadytiredofit

    Keeping your friends close and your enemies closer!

    November 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Amanda, Austin, Texas

    Now, that's all Mavericky and such.

    November 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. My Friends, let me tell you,

    Lindsey Gramm can never to be trusted.Hes nothing but a whiner that has no respect for the people,period.

    November 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Ben in San Diego

    Where's Joe the Plumber?

    November 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Mike

    don't make it sound like barry is some bi partisan man who is the first to pick a rep for his cabinet....does anybody know who norm mineta is....the dem that bush appointed to his.

    November 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. tom

    do you think if mccain had been elected he would have talked to obama? no he wouldnt have mccain is mean and nasty unlike how kind and honest and peace loving obama is.

    November 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Debra

    The markets have already turned up yesterday with the news that Clinton might be Secretary of State. Good choice. Unlike the down turn in the markets after Obama was elected.

    November 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. tor

    Make palin Energy secretary

    November 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. all together now!

    Obama is trying to pull together the left leaning republicans in an attempt to look bipartisan. This is an excellent strategy!!

    Then it isolates the true principled conservatives, and makes them look like crazy extremist if they go against the "mainstream".

    Obama is a "unifier" only in that he is attempting to usurp power and create influence. Influence by consensus.

    Follow the mindless drones...
    "Yes We can..." "Obama is the messiah... savior of the world..."

    November 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Charly from West palm beach FL

    I think Sarah Palin should Secretary of Sate so she can watch Russia from her window alone with Todd

    November 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Chicago GOP

    If President Obama expects to stay in office for 8 years and have a successful term, he needs to bridge the gap between the parties. Appointing Sen. McCain will a post would be a great gesture.

    November 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Karen, Arkansas

    with the experiance that McCain has, I am sure Obama will be able to put him to work. This and the other appointments speak volumes about our President-elect! It will be nice to have a man in charge that actually thinks before he acts or talks.

    November 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. GA for Obama

    NYer (Obama-Clinton thread)- President Obama DOES KNOW what to do, you idiot. He's just getting Clinton so she can help in securing crazy Repugs votes like you in Congress..he's not 'kissing up to anyone'..he's getting the MOST DIVERSE CABINET in US HISTORY based on qualifications!!!

    November 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Stu-Florida

    And I thought I would need a Palinectomy after the last few days of this on going "interest" in her.

    My friends... I may be coming home soon.

    November 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    McCain/Palin's bigot supporters should be enough to eliminate the consideration of McCain for any Cabinet Post.

    November 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. MARCIA

    I'm confused. Obama said he's bringing change to Washington. He dogged Hillary throughout the campaign that she was "old washington"
    Yet his transition team is built up mostly of Clinton old croonies?
    Where's the change? I wish him luck, i wish the best for those that have high expectations but right now it looks like the same old washington to me.

    November 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Virginia

    Glad to see that Obama knows who really to call on, other than those wonderful effectors of change like the Clintons and their cronies from Bill's administration. This may actually lead to the change Obama so optimistically bragged about while campaigning. Good work, Obama. Hillary has no business being the Secretary of State-talk about the wolf in the henhouse....

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Emma In Ireland

    McCain would be good in the defence department, but no way should Clinton be given SOS, i think he should give health to clinton. nice to see him showing bipartisanship already.

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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