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. james arnold

    Obama=president
    Biden-VP
    Hillary C=sec of state
    mccain=sec of defense
    american people=winners
    world people=biggest winners
    Go Obama….extend that hand, lead by example, change the world!

    Would this be possible?

    November 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. TfromTx

    I'm really tired of hearing people say that Obama's not bringing the change he promised because of the people that he's recruiting. Those two things don't equate. Change does not come from people; it comes through the implementation of new ideas. He has inspired others and has surrounded himself with new ideas - his campaign is evidence of that. I believe that the people he recruits, new and old, will catch hold to his inspiration and the inspiration of his team and begin to think outside the box like many of us have.

    November 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Leah from FL

    THE DREAM IS ALIVE

    November 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    It's just all in the game of politics I guess.. I'll bet Obama is a great chess player. LOL... Keep your friends close but keep your enemy's closer.... Couldn't apply more here...

    November 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. knnorthcarolina

    McCain can't stay off the camera's, he needs to do something better with his time by agreeing with Bush to keep our soldiers in Iraq. We have a better chance of seeing our loved ones that are in Iraq. Obama will make that happen! OBAMA 2008 president!

    November 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Scott NYC Independent

    McCain should apologize for his way to dishonest and misleading campaign against the President Elect. Apparently he doesn't believe any the bull he was spreading and needs to educate his "low information" supporters that he was in fact lying 90% of the time.

    November 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. BBB

    So people say to wait to see what he does BEFORE showering him with praise... How about those who are slamming him do the same thing?!

    (For once CNN post my comment!)

    November 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. dittohead with forty names

    Its almost time for me and all my rightwing friends to take our Koolaid.Yes its Rush Limbaugh time kids,time to get some talking points,buy some hats and trinkets,and get uncle Rush to tell us who to fear today.

    November 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. David

    Look at the names in that meeting. Another meeting of the criminal puppets.

    November 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. maynard hopkins wi

    glad to see this,, at least we know there will be someone on board to watch this crooked president

    November 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Tim

    Maybe McCain can push him on that Ayers connection, you know, the friend of the family guy.

    Oh wait, never mind, it's too late.

    November 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Bryce Beamish

    I love this country.

    November 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. tulsa not so conservative anymore

    lol, seriously, "socialist"?
    You people need to look up the definition and quit exposing yourselves for the idiots you are.

    November 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Meron

    I wish I had Obama's heart! and I hope the old John McCain..the one from 2000 election comes back to the meeting.

    November 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. David

    hey TforTX, change is coming regardless of who is appointed, and it may not be for the better but it is coming.

    November 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. chris

    re: Clinton potential Secretary of State?

    Senator Clinton would serve the best interests of our children, our troops and America well as Secretary of State – anyone who disagrees doesn't really understand what it would take to serve the best interests of such loved ones -

    November 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Carol

    I hope Palin stays in the limelight for republicans. That guarantees us 8, 12, or 16 years of Democats in the Whitehouse. Glad she's dumb and young and will be around for a long while. A LOOONNNGGGG while:) :):):):):)

    November 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Jazz

    It would be nice to give McCain a job that he could or maybe better at, but what will this do to the other Repubs who don't think McCain will be any good in the Sente. Well Obama give him a job and see what he does.

    November 14, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Lizz

    President Obama has the potential to be a great leader.

    Btw, what is Bush doing? The econmy is out of control and he can't do anything good. Why don't he just step down and let Obama solve the problem before more people get laid off.

    November 14, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. ghauptli

    I think Obama is doing the right thing in reaching out to the other side.
    That is a sign of a great leader. Perhaps he could appoint McCain
    to an important cabinet position. This could help to bring unity
    back to the country

    November 14, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. abc

    Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State is a great idea... as long as Bill is out of the picture and not sharing the position, each position should given to a single person not a couple, or it won't go well for the people.
    as for John McCain, just don't have Lindsey Graham along for the ride in any position President Elect decide.
    please guarantee us there won't be more than one person holding each position at a time.

    November 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Scott NYC Independent

    Had McCain won he would have attempted to strike the name Obama for all records. President Elect Obama's style is far superior to anything McCain would have to offer. I hope if there is one thing McCain takes into this meeting and leaves with is the sense of what real leadership is about. For the Hannity's, Joe Scarboroughs and O'Rielly's of the country – this is real leadership, sit back and take notes so you can recognize it in the future.

    November 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. dave g, minneapolis

    I am not right wing or left wing, I'm Libertarian.
    And I don't hope that Obama's administration will fail, but I also don't expect it to succeed.

    It is also not strange that Obama is reaching out to McCain. The two are so close on the issues that they should have been running mates. They both supported the bailouts–now that $250B of the $700 has been spent, can we call that a good decision!!?? NO. But they are asking for more of the same...bailout the automakers.

    The policies of bailouts, funding people for homes they can't afford and "spreading the wealth" will just pump up the debt. Neither of these two even care about the debt.

    November 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. O. Berube Gollop

    Veterans in the U. S. voted against McCain 80% to 20% – nix the veterans affairs offer. McCain wants to stay in Iraq – nix the Secty of Defense – Keating 5 – nix any finance position.

    Keep him where he cant do much harm but be effective in Obama's cabinet – now that is an oxy-moron. He has proven that he has an extremely volitile temper even before this election, which could prove he created his own demise as a politician. Take his years of service, his attempts at higher office and retire quietly and gracefully to well deserved golden years. He must move on.

    Opal from Canada

    November 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Spencer/NY to VA

    Obama wants him to chair the Dept of the elderly.

    November 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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