November 14th, 2008
10:35 AM ET
10 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. Afam

    Good Move.Obama is a honest man.holds no glad he is the president.

    November 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Sally

    That's very gracious and hopefully a good sign that this administration will not be politics as usual ... especially considering the many reports that McCain has nothing but contempt for the president-elect.

    I hope that they are able to put aside personal differences for the good of this country – we have lot of problems that need to be fixed.

    November 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. JACK


    November 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Dana (Maryland)

    Give McCain a position in the Administration; he would resign the Senate seat; a new Senator (Democratic!) would be appointed by the Democratic governor of Arizona. Very good for the Senate! Very clever!

    November 14, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. JB

    I love how all these dems are saying "let's work together, now is the time to come together".

    These are the same dems who have labelled ALL republicans, "war mongers, racists and bible thumpers".

    Filibuster here we come. All I can say is enjoy it. The country is a mess because of Barner Frank, a dem.

    And, the Congress will become R controlled in a few years, and after four of Obama, people will run to Romney.

    Oh that is right, all you dems screamed about Romney because he was a Mormon. What happened to the all excepting liberal. . . . now it's our crazy way or the highway!

    November 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    John McCain will never be a part of an Obama-Biden administration.

    I just have to say this. All of the silly Clinton supporters who commented that they would not support Obama unless he selects Hillary as Secretary of State, GET A LIFE. Oh, oh, Obama will never win the nomination. HE DID! I will never vote for Obama unless Hillary is VP. He was elected anyway! The man is obviously very gracious. He has the presidency, the house, and the senate. He is considering Hillary because of her qualifications. You losers can not intimidate him into doing anything.

    November 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    I like Bill Richardson for Secy of State


    Collin Powell for secy of Defense.

    and Hillary for Attorney General

    November 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. FAYE, NV

    Obama will truely attempt to pull parties together and make this country what it should be. Divided is not the answer for Americans.

    November 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. ironmadonna

    I raised 4 blue kids in a very red state, alone...All 5th generation Arizonans..All adult males who vote and signed up to serve in the armed forces if the US calls them..All of Mexican/Spanish descent..All experiencing the woes of every crisis this country today: unemployment, loss of funding for PUBLIC college educations, homelessness, loss of insurance benefits through my job due to age, increased taxation...Our voices were not heard by the Obama campaign in this election but we were here and we spoke..Yet, the invitation to McCain to meet with P.E. Obama couldn't be smarter, more shrewd or absolutely genius!..McCain has been a champion for the US and his constituency and should not be tossed into the trash bin...I hope McCain understands the importance of his choice in this matter...

    November 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Larry

    Obama's got lots of stuff that's going to be a hard sell,he's going to need all the support he can get-when everything in his program starts going south-he'll need good people to bail him out.

    November 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Jim in Virginia

    Would this have happened if the situation had been reveresed? I doubt it, especially given the McCain backers' cynicism toward it. These silly republicans are going to have to be pulled kicking and screaming into a new way of governing that isn't based on hate, division, and distrust. Good for McCain for accepting this invitiation.

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

    McCain would be a terrific for Homeland Security or Defense. He belongs in the Pentagon! However, I am still skeptical that BO will actually have non Dems in his cabinet, but I'll wait to see what he ends up doing.

    November 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. James

    Ok, ok, maybe this is the first thing Obama's done right.

    November 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. oscar

    Good spirit of sportsmanship. i love that! Choosing Clinton for sec of state is an awesome decision. You are the man my president-elect. Go ahead and get the best brains. This country must surely bounce back to it's place in the world. But remember, NO Palin and her likes near your Cabinet. She is only beauty but no brain. Good luck Presido!.

    November 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. JAY


    November 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. brett

    Obama called McCain to come over.... sound alike it will be UNION of the America, that we need!

    Trust our God!

    November 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Dolly,

    obama the uniter working for a one party country, his party.

    November 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. DW

    Both are great Statesmen.
    Lead by example.
    Hope a the tunnel visioned will learn something.

    November 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Tom in Delaware

    Make him Secrrtary of State, then bring in Sarah Palin to teach Obama about the '50' states while she's home-schooling Piper.

    November 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. mb

    This could possibly be veterans affairs.

    November 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Jamal

    I like it. This is why we elected him.

    November 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Barbara

    President -elect Obama obviously understands 'statesmanship' – something that has been sorely lacking in our government for eight long years, and it is going to be great to have it back!

    November 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. IBY


    November 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Trasa

    I applaud Obama's efforts at reaching across the aisle. And another thing, people say it's not change just because the people he wants to work with have been in Washington, the reality is, majority of everyone has worked in Washington in one way or another, and people claim they want experience. Well, experience entails people who worked in Washington and know the ropes. Any person says otherwise is just to grasping at straws. He doesn't necessarily have to have him in a role,(which I would commend him despite the what was said) but still can discuss how to move this country forward.

    November 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Clair

    Give him the immigration reform task!
    McCain is free now to be the center, down to earth politician he was before selling his soul to the radical far right wing conservative nuts!

    November 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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