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. Terry from Iowa

    Obama should charge McCain with getting line-item veto approved, restructuring the process for obtaining funding for pork projects, slashing ineffecient spending and balancing the budget. Use McCain to reform the government in these areas.

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. sound board

    I think that it fantastic that Obama is reaching across party lines when forming his administration, but I think it lead to a lack of electoral choices. What I'm saying is that, Ron Paul may actually have a point; the Democratic and Republican party are one in the same. While Ron believes that to be true right now, I would disagree agree with him but current political activity could be the catalyst.

    Lets consider where the next pool of presidential hopeful will be coming from, most likely the future Obama administration which is and will be bipartisan.

    Please reach across party line, but not to far that we do not recognize the party line!

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Bob

    It doesn't make any sense. How could Obama bash Bush and then put someone in his cabinet that he has been saying is just another Bush. This is a political stunt to make himself look good. McCain can't decline or then he looks bad. They'll talk about politics and the country but Obama will not take anything from McCain seriously. Maybe I'm wrong, although Bill Clinton is a Dem, Obama asked him what to do about the economy. Clinton quoted Obama in an interview, in what I perceived as a back-handed compliment. Obama said, "Tell me what to do and I'll sell it". I take that as the kind of leader who doesn't actually lead but is led himself. Whatever works I guess. It's only the future of all Americans. Good luck.

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

    Tim (Obama-Clinton thread)- Hillary wasn't even the nominee. So, since Obama won, he can make you President of the SS (Stupid Society).

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. TL from TN

    Obama should ask McCain to be Secty of Veterans Affairs.

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Orlando

    See Debra there you go again show bitterness. The market turn down with the thought of an Bush-McCain/Palin administration. Know Bush is still in office the Markets does not like him or his plans for destruction.

    November 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Can you Obamatrons wait for Obama to actually DO something before showering him with praise about what a great president and leader he is? Comparisons to Lincoln are years premature. Lincoln did great things. Obama won an election. Let's put things into perspective.

    November 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Ted van Tol

    No way McCain as secr. of defense, remember "I know how to win wars! I know how to find Osama Bin Laden".
    Please Barack, do it your way and leave that old man with his old fashion ideas out of office. You promissed change and McCain is
    so far behind you on every issue.

    November 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. S Callahan

    How can you not feel like you live in the greatest nation on the earth?....
    I think it's wonderful that the two are meeting..I love 'em both!
    I think the message is clear, we are all Americans..without pun...and should work together as such...

    ps I agree with Dan...she is meant for high office but not SOS..not yet....another spot is God's intent...

    November 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Jackie

    Joe the Plumber is busy . Apparently, he's writing a book about his encounter with Obama and how it brought him to the spotlight.

    Thats a good move actually cos he's gonna sell millions of it.

    November 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    Hey Tom in Delaware...

    If I were you, I wouldn't be bashing Obama about geography when Palin herself has managed to prove she is NOT smarter than a 5th (or even 2nd) grader on that subject. For Piper's sake, I hope her mother isn't home schooling her.

    November 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Mike

    He isn't going to appoint Mccain to anything...he is just trying to figure out how to do his job. Remember...he was vetting Hillary for VP too.....oh wait nope he lied about that I forgot.

    He will appoint Hilary to a big cabinet position....he owes her.

    November 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. TL from TN

    I suggest McCain as Secretart of Veterans Affairs. Hillary should remain as Senator to help get Obama's issues through Congress. Keep John Kerry out of his cabinet. How about Bill Clinton as Secretary of State or ask Gen. Powell to return in his old job or as Joint Chief.

    November 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Frank

    Mike,
    Do you know what a fool is? It is a person who despises wisdom and instruction. Based on the definition, calling Obama a fool does not fit him. You might want to recall that definition and use a more appropriate term like, brilliant maybe. It appears you might have drunk to much hater ade. The people at Jones Town drunk that stuff and died. You might want to lay off the hate, it's not good for your health.

    November 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Tammy

    Have we all forgotten that it is the great citizens of America that has made us what we are. It is time to clear the slate clean, stop the blame game, and stop expecting a President to fix everything. Lets just take a vacation America just stop pick a 72 hour time to not go to work, school,shopping and that includes law enforcement just stop everything and maybe we can bring back peace and unity in this world. How can The United States of America be putting our people out of their homes and at the same time have troops defending our country. What are we really defending?

    November 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Physician heal thyself

    Someone get Tom a mirror.

    November 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Alex

    Haha, the Democrats like McCain now? This is hilarious! You hated him during the election, but now all the Democrats are "wow that is great we need McCain" Yeah you do.

    The Obama Cabinet needs real adults: Rice, Powell, Clinton, McCain, Richardson. You need people to LEAD this country while Obama does what he does best. Looking like a Movie Star.

    Sweet! This is change I can believe in, get REAL people into the Cabinet to do REAL Change. Let Obama do what he does best....talk.

    November 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. GA for Obama

    Debra- now THAT'S called worship..the markets WERE STABLE after Obama was elected..Obama ALWAYS WAS considering Clinton (as Sec of State) the news just became public..you sound like a Repug who doesn't know ANYTHING about economics..the markets didn't go up b/c of 'the GREAT CLINTON' Jeez..they went up b/c of the House of Rep.'s action on the financial markets

    November 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Dee

    Get a grip folks. This is a good first step forward. From this blog you'd think he has already won the marathon in record time. MILES AND MILES to go, people.

    November 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Credit Card Republicans

    Looks like all the crooks are getting their golden parachutes and baling out on America.I wouldnt put John or Hillary in any position for anything,other than cleaning up after the white house dog.

    November 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. GA for Obama

    mike- IDIOT. Obama knows HOW TO do his job. Go stick your head in a pit.

    November 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. phil

    haha ahahahahahaha, john mccain shld be the secetary of old men affairs .men over 70yrs old .

    November 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Beverly, NYC

    Debra November 14th, 2008 11:10 am ET: Nice try, Secretary of State is not Secretary of the Treasury. That position has nothing to do with the markets.

    November 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. BreAnna - Military Brat

    When you think about it, although President Elect Obama gained 65 million popular votes, John McCain still managed to attract 55 million people to vote for him. These 55 million people obviously believed in McCain's vision for this country. If there was a way to unite aspects of Pres. Elect Obama's vision and McCain's as well in a way that would satisfy both groups without compromising the integrity of the future Obama-Biden administration, why not? I applaud President Elect Obama for even being willing to reach out for the common good of the people.

    November 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. bernj

    I have a novel idea. Why don't we wait and see what Obama does regarding Hillary and McCain? All of the senseless speculation is pointless. Barack Obama has already proved that he knows what he is doing. I trust him to deal with these issues, and whatever else is on his table for the next 8 years, with the same intelligent and sober judgment he has shown the world already.

    November 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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