November 14th, 2008
10:35 AM ET
6 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. Elizabeth - Texas - Former Republican

    Just say NO to Sarah Palin on anything.

    November 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. AEK

    Two honorable dedicated public servants working together to solve the problems facing our country. It will be great to see Senator McCain back working for the good of the country and not feeling the pressure to pander to the right wing faction of the Republican Party. Time to get back to work, John!

    November 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. rm

    Obama holds no grudges!!! What a great man. This is the change we need, so refreshing. The Republicans should be taking notes.

    November 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Uncle Sam

    I'm glad to hear it. Good for both men. Good for the country.

    November 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. CanIcallyouJoe

    I'm supporting of this meeting, and any worthy support McCain can give Obama would be seen as a good-natured gesture.

    However, McCain is barely relevant enough to still be a senator, much less enough to be giving the next president advice.

    November 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. gt

    real change , hillary as sec of state ,,, give me a break !!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. PA Republican for Obama

    Obama continues to show that he does intend to honor his promise to reach out to all sides. In spite of how disgusted I was with McCain's campaign and many of the decisions he made during that time, I firmly believe that he has a lot to offer in some key areas. The fact that both sides are agreeable to such a meeting is very good news and a positive sign for our nation's future.

    November 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Chantal

    I CALL THIS THE "OBAMA EFFECT".

    Go President Barack!!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. SD,Michigan

    They need to have a talk and bury the hatchet so they can work together in the future.
    And BTW: Bill Richardson for Secretary of State!

    November 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. GERRY

    I'M VERY HAPPY ON THE MEETINGS OBAMA IS HAVING. BUT, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT MYSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE IS ABSOLUTELY SICK OF AND THAT'S – ANYTHING REGARDING – SARAH PALIN!!!
    CNN DID YOU GET THAT – SO MANY ARE SICK OF HER. WE DON'T CARE WHAT HER PLANS ARE FOR 2012, WHAT SHE THINKS ABOUT GOVERNMENT, ALL HER BIG WORDS.

    WE DESPISE HER – PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT HER !!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. IowaMom

    Beverly, NYC

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

    Yeah, she'll try to bust right through the door if there is a crack in it. LOL

    November 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Ruby

    Nice to you John. But, I voted for Obama though. Sorry!

    November 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Brian NY

    McCain just needs to go away. Our Great Leader Obama will rule until the end of time.

    November 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Micheal

    John McCain for Sec. of Defense...that would very interesting.
    And Ron Paul for Sec. of the Interior

    November 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Don

    Hopefully McCain and teach Obama how to look directly into the camera and not look off when he is talking.

    November 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Gloria - Minnesota

    I am sure our next President is going to reach across the aisle, as this meeting indicates. Who knows what will come of it, but I am sure Barack Obama is going to access as many people who have knowledge surround him!

    November 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Don

    Maggie your still smoking entirely too much this morning. Slow down, take a deep breath and clear your lungs.

    November 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Jude Ezeigwe

    This is great for our country. Even though I did not vote for John McCain, I think he is a good man. A great family man and I would like Obama to offer him a position. They all have to work together to fix the current mess. Together we stand!!

    November 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. lovable liberal

    Obama knows how to go forward, no matter what the past held.

    November 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. GA for Obama

    30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain (Obama-Clinton thread)- Good for you. a LOSER in a LOSER party that voted for a LOSER. I think you're out of your mind. I HIGHLY DOUBT she would have come close to being a 'better' president. She'd have to beat Lincoln, JFK, Reagan, Johnson, FDR, and Washingtin to get to Obama's popularity and greatness.

    November 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. maurice

    i think hilliary will stay in the senate. however if mcain is offered a decent position he should take it. as trina said sec. of def. in 4 years if he was no longer up to par he could retire easily enough. with respect from both sides.

    November 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. GA for Obama

    Tim (Obama-Clinton thread)- Richard Lugar? Chuck Hagel? He's just CONSIDERING Hillary.

    November 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. AW

    This is a good move for Obama. I would also like to hear more talk about Richardson for Sect. of State!

    November 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Teacher

    President-elect Obama is a well-grounded and educated man who loves his country. His willingness to get along with everyone in politics is such a noble behavior. I believe America is heading to a stronger and better country with Obama's governing.

    November 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    How about Secretary of Defense?
    Just thinking out loud.

    November 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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