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. Jon

    mccains palling around with terrorists.....uh oh

    November 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Mia and Mike

    Oh boy, wonder if he's going to consider them for an administrative position too. I don't know if I like this...

    November 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. We Demand Our Country Back!

    I wonder if McCain will bring up the Ayres interview on the Today Show? It was always his ridiculous favorite thing to do on the campaign trail.

    November 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Rita

    BILL RICHARDSON FOR SECRETARY OF STATE

    November 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Mothernature Houston,Tx

    McCain/Palin need to sit down and stay hidden.

    November 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. a brighter day

    we have to unite in order to get out of the mess we are in, although i'm disappointed in mccain and the republicans, i trust president obamas good judgement. bless our america.

    November 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Sue in MI

    Good for him-reach out to the senior statesman!

    November 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. laxraddad

    Secretary of State McCain? Hmmmmmmm!

    November 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Nicholas from Nigeria

    Wise President with good heart. It is welcome development. There should not be winner takes it all. Bring him on to help in Senate. God Bless Obama.

    Nicholas from Nigeria

    November 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    President-elect OBAMA proves to us once more that he is a gracious, wise and fair man! Just whom we need at this time in our history when we have inherited a DISASTER from the Republicans!

    Here is President-elect OBAMA reaching out in friendship, to a man who demeaned, lied and attack him over and over!

    God bless you, President-elect OBAMA!

    November 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. sensi johnson

    Did I hear veteran affairs secretary????
    Or is it just that voice in my head acting up again?
    Can someone please help me.

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Oh YES !! this is wonderful news !! Its all about doing what's best for the country from now on.... UNITED !!

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. That Other Jerry

    Smart move. McCain owes it to his voters to continue to represent their views to the new administration. The time to act is now, while the election is fresh and before an Obama administration gets in place and starts to try to move on without him.

    November 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    Thats great, I like McCain just don't like his thoughts on war and picking Pailn. As long as Obama keeps Pailn as far away from the White House or any type of political talks I'm fine with him reaching out to Republicans. McCain needs to leave the Republican party its obvious to many that they have booted him out.

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. L.A. for OBAMA

    Who know's maybe Pres. elect Obama may have a position for Sen. McCain!!!!!!! LOL

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. nazir Jamal

    Obama is showing great leadership by meeting McCain who called him a terrorist, a Muslim and everything under the sun.
    The day Obama asks to see Sarah Pelin, is the day I will lose respect for Obama. Pelin is a loser, she cost the Republicans the Presidency and more.

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Karen-phoenix

    Obama has read everything he can about Lincoln and one of the most important things Lincoln did was put his "enemies" in his cabinet. McCain would be great in his cabinet–put him in charge of imigration impovement!

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that McCain isn't too bitter over losing. He sounded really good in his speech on the 4th. I hope that McCain honestly asks what he can do for the Obama administration and does what he can.

    I doubt that there will be a real gloating attitude by Obama, but he can do that afterwards.

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Sue T

    I think that McCain could be a great help to Obama's administration, and it would show that Obama can work across party lines.........the problems of this country are not just the democrat problems now that Obama is going to be President it is going to be all our problems and it is going to take all of us to work these problems out and I do think McCain can be of great help to this new administration.......as long as Palin isn't involved in it in any way , shape or form.........this woman needs to go back to school and learn how to put sentences together, she is an joke when it comes to speaking and saying what she means........my second grade grandson can put together better sentences..............

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Gaylon Barrow

    Don't knock the crap out of him John. It's not worth it.

    November 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Beverly, NYC

    Wonder if Sarah will try to crash the meeting. I'm sure Rahm will deal with her if she shows.

    November 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. JACKIE

    LOVE YOU BARACK!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    Interesting. Please just put McCain where he can do no harm. Obama is a better person than me. He is keeping his enemies close.
    Lieberman, McCain and Clinton are amazing choices considering all the talent out there.
    No one can say he holds a grudge.

    November 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Mobius

    0o0o0o0o a SENATOR in the new government?!?

    That's, um, NOT CHANGE. Just sayin'.

    November 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. IowaMom

    Can't wait to see what comes out of this meeting. Should be interesting.

    November 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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