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. Anonymous

    "DON"- Maggie is right....stop fighting the truth! Your smokin' if you think that OBAMA will not protect and bring this country together for the better good! Join or leave the U.S. We are tired of divisive idiots like you!

    November 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    Why would Obama pick McCain for Defense....they are total opposites when it comes to foreign policy....

    November 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Ian

    Just goes to show that there was no difference between them. Big government has been the problem all along. We are in big trouble!

    November 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Steve

    Now, how cool would it be to bring a guy like McCain into his cabinet? How diverse would that be to announce that McCain will retire from politics under the administration of the guy that defeated him in the General Election. It would also show that Obama truly wants a representative government from all angles.

    November 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    Picking "good' and 'qualified' is wonderful. Job performance and cooperation is another matter all together. Can people with different ideological underpinnings really work together? Remains to be seen!!!

    Si Se Puede!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. California Gold

    I detect a very frosty Sarah Palin in the wings. She is everywhere she can find a microphone and camera lens and John McCain is the one President Elect Obama will meet. She has her flute ready for the talent portion, a speech written up with a lot of winking and "U Becha"

    November 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. unbe-friggin-lievable

    Sec of Defense????? No friggin way! John Mccain is too "shoot first ask questions last-ish", the same kind of thought that got us into this war. Keep him away from the military calls, i'm sorry.

    November 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Lisa P

    McCain as point man in reforming immigration policy, either in the administration or the Senate, is something I can see. I don't agree with most of his policy positions and I think he would be ill-suited to run a cabinet-level department, but I think McCain's the man for sticking to his guns on politically unpopular issues and solutions. At this point any movement on immigration would be an improvement, and sure to draw screams from all sides.

    November 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Avg Joe

    Good move and a great signal. McCain is a good man although he deserved to lose the election because a. he staffed poorly and b. he allowed the campaign to severely compromise his principles of running honorably.

    As for Hillary, we may be in for a surprise. Maybe not secretary of state but a post for health care reform. After all, this is a topic she's shown great interest in and has a lot of expertise on. The policy differences between Obama and her are not insurmountable. We'll see...

    November 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Dixie AZ

    Is Linsey Graham attached to McCain's hip? I'm happy that President elect Obama is meeting with Sen McCain, but why Graham?

    November 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Trina

    Obama gets it. Simple as that. You have to include everyone from all sides to get things done. Forget party lines for a minute ...the true measure of a leader is to surround yourself with the people best suited for the position. Forget the past and look towards the goal that Obama is trying to acheive. He is trying to the best of his ability to bring back the USA to be the nation it deserves to be. To bring Americans out of the last 8 years of what you can only call an unyielding rule by a President who would not listen to the people nor the predictions of a shattered, no, wait a FRACTURED country. I'm neither Democrat nor Republican, but a citizen of this great nation and if it takes Obama bringing people in for all sides to get the USA back on its feet..So be it. He has my full support!

    November 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. LOL

    Maybe Obama can make McCain Secretary of Anger and Palin just a secretary.

    November 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Matt


    November 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. jigs from PA

    Wow! I knew Obama would be good but this just gets better. To think he can forget all the cruel things McCain campaign said about him and then offer McCain a position it just shows he is putting his country first and doing what he feels will work best for the United States of America. You rock Obama!!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. joe-t

    Enough with bashing palin, none of you can do what has done, so shut up about her

    November 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. The Postpartisan Era

    If McCain joins the Obama administration, will Obama supporters then stop referring to him as McSame?

    November 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Duh

    Marie, get over it. It's not the first time he's reached across party lines.

    November 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Agnes Fleming

    That will be great and a wise move by Obama, but I do hope one of the conditions on any agreement does not include the inclusion of his former running mate, which would be a disaster.

    November 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Clarence D, TX

    I can't wait to be an american. This is truly the greatest country on earth. A country where everything is possible. A country where there are Leaders and not Rulers. A country in which yesterday enemies/opponents are today's friends for a common good "AMERICA". Here people disagree to agree. Anything for the good of this country. God Bless America.

    November 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. nazir Jamal

    I have a brilliant idea! How about Sarah Palin for SECRETARY OF STATE?, she can see Russia from her back door, is very familiar with the Africa and it's capital, Iranian policy etc

    November 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Alex

    Sweet! John McCain is being considered for Secretary of Defense!!! With Clinton as Secretary of State, we'll have all of the Washington Insiders in the cabinet.

    That is change I can believe in. Or not. I love how Obama is going to appoint the person you Obamabots hate to his cabinet! Take that Dems!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Rabb

    Obama has done absolutely nothing yet. He says one President at a time. Let Bush deal with the Congress and the bailout so he does not have to be saddled with blame for that from the start. In that regard, he is smart. Talking no walking.

    McCain would be a perfect choice for Secretary the Defense. In that way Obama could continue to blame Bush/McCain for everything.

    However, you are all reading into this something that is not there. He just wants to appear to be reaching across to the Republicans.

    It is all about perception.

    November 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. McJoe

    Well, after the storm they should be a calm. He made up with Hillary after the primary and now possible McCain after presidential battle. Keep your friends close... Look, I voted for Barack mainly because the Religious Right made me sick to death but clearly he has many good qualities.

    November 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. America will be free again

    Marie ...Palin and the rest who cant get over the SOCIALIST charges...
    You need to wake up and face reality election is over....wake up!!
    Ronald Reagan started pregressive Tax and non of you misguided people call him to it. If Presedent -elect is trully a socialist them we have had many socialist president and Americans are ok with them...Pre Clinton, Pre Reagan
    Get you brain out of you B...s

    November 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Obama 08

    To "Marie" you better get ready because if Obama offers McCain a position, he will take it. And, guess what??!!! You and others will find out that those negative remarks from McCain and Palin about Obama being a socialist & etc. were all just lies to try to get in the Whitehouse.

    And, when this happens, what are people like you going to do then... I know...feel stupid!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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