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. bala mohammed bello- Lagos, Nigeria.,

    That will be good, i love the old man- especially when he says" we will not quit, we will not surrender, we are not afraid of history because we make history. Go on john, meet obama to plan america"s safety and change.

    November 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    He is not giving him a position instead it is about working together on issues. Obama is a smart man.

    November 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Ed Stack

    Answer to Elizabth from Texas comment......Elizabth......you are just sour because Sarah Palin has better legs than you!

    November 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Gene Lazo

    I think McCain would make a great Secretary of Veteran's Affairs

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Walter, Long Beach

    Obama may not hold grudges, but the rest of us mere mortals do.

    He should consign the misanthropic old right-winger to political oblivion.

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. BTGH, Streamwood, IL

    I hope that President-elect Obama offers Senator McCain the Secretary of Defense position.

    John McCain would make a great Sec Defense and has a good track record of curbing excessive military spending and making certain that money goes to what the military really needs, not what it wants.

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Teresa

    I am thinking National Security Advisor or Secretary of Defense. John McCain is such a good man and freat American.

    This is so much what this Country needs right now, the unity.

    Hillary for SC Judge

    Bill Richardson for Sec of State

    I didn't vote for Obama, but he just gained my respect!!

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. rodlang

    Actually, McCain has a long history of working with democrats in the Senate. He is not evil like the libs say he is.

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. CM in AR

    SCORE Beverly!!

    As long as he is not offering him a cabinet position we are okay! Just pat Johnny on the back and say thanks it was fun.

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Carlo

    I'm very glad to see Obama already reaching across the isle to his former opponent. There's a reason why there are such high expectations for his presidency, he keeps doing everything right!

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

    McCain, just remember "THAT ONE" is in charge!

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. LyonsPhilly

    Let by gones be by-gones and let's work together for the better of our country. McCain is a good man. Just sort of lost his way due to his poor choice of a vp candidate. Sure he and Obama will do what's best for us all.....

    November 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Matt

    Come on CNN...where's our Palin stories? Seriously, I've got the shakes....I need my daily dose of comedic bumbling and trainwreck ogling.

    November 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. CM in AR

    SCORE Beverly!!

    As long as he is not offering him a cabinet position we are okay! Just pat Johnny on the back and say thanks it was fun.

    November 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain is too old....... and Palin is too stupid.... so why bother with either of them?

    November 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. zack

    Hopefully this is just a publicity stunt, Obama can't really believe McCain would benefit his administration in any way. After the divisive and poorly run campaign by McCain he has proven he can't handle an admin. postition.

    November 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. New Day

    I say add McCain to the cabinet. And, to all the people who claim that its not "change" unless you get all new people, I say this: Its not about how new the person is to government. Change comes from surrounding yourself with good, smart, bipartisan people.

    In other words, doing the opposite W did.

    November 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Sanity has been restored

    Could McCain be touted for Dept of Veterans Affairs or Sec'y of the Interior? I can't really think of anything else which he might be qualified. Sen Clinton would be great as Sec'y of Health and Human Services, where she can make universal healthcare in the US a reality. I think Obama and this new Administration is going to surprise us all. :o)

    November 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. ChicagoJosh

    I'd like to see McCain have a cabinit post dealing with Immigration or somewhere else that he and Obama agreed with.

    That should do a good job of splintering and screwing with the GOP base for the next 4 years.

    November 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. MikeH

    They're still working on the plan to steal the Hope Diamond.

    November 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Happy Democrat!

    Why not? McCain was very gracious in his concession speech – and seemed very sincere. If he has turned back into the McCain of 2000 (instead of the McCain of 2008) I can see him helping to do a lot of good things for our country

    November 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Jay

    Lets see...so far Hillary, McCain, RIchardson, Powell, Rice, have been mentioned for positions in the new administration. WOW, sounds like change to me.

    November 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Brad

    Wow I have a new level of respect For President Obama. Finally a President that cares more about people then about Politics!

    November 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    A little advice to Obama. Be kind to the old man he's earned it. Also you owe him a huge debt of thanks in that if the Republicans had run someone more credible (like a candidate that had some measure of speaking ability?) or a VP candidate that was able to put two intelligent sentences together, you'd probably not be the Pres.-elect??

    Anyhow be real nice to him. He deseves it!!

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

    Gaylon Barrow- cCain couldn't beat Obama..ever! Anyways, it's a formal meeting!

    laxraddad- Obama will NEVER appoint McCain as Sec of State! Maybe SOD.

    November 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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