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. Bama for Obama

    I like our new president! No one can accuse him of not reaching across the aisle now.

    Great start for a great president.

    P.S. Just keep Sarah Palin out, I draw the line there, that's reaching too far.

    November 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Bob

    Luke, I am your father Luke. Come over to the darkside !

    November 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. elsie

    NO! NO! NO! No McCain! The way he allowed his campaign to into the gutter is unforgetable. Obama may forgive, but NEVER FORGET!

    November 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Soccer Nana

    This is great! President Elect Obama and Senator McCain working together to unite this great Country! Yes we can!

    November 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Emmanuel Che

    Make him sec. of defense. Bill Richardson for Sec of State and Hillary for Supreme Court Judge?

    November 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Rabb

    I continue to be amazed at how overcome all of you are with Obama. He does not have the experience to do this job. He is just another talking head,

    November 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Al in VA

    I think.....

    Obama realizes that the best person to head the the Department of Veterans Affairs in his administration is none other than his former rival, John McCain. Hats off to both men to be willing to work together for our nation's vets!!

    November 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. jt

    McCain will not accept the secretary of defense position, because he is not going to be part of the pull out and losing the war in Iraq

    November 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Otis

    So what? Obama requests McCain's presence. What does it really mean? What's next? Obama requests a meeting with Newt Gingrich?

    Real news would be appreciated here!!

    November 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Ann

    Blessed one
    God bless your heart with all that hate
    how can you live in the body of a devil?

    November 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. LIP

    I was one of the 57,000,000 that voted for McCain/Palin and would like to see what unity really amounts to. Reading the illiterate ramblings of the far left and right on these blogs makes me think that Obama may be in favor of change and mending fences, but these bloggers are not. They look for a forum to spew their hatred for everything.
    I lost, along with the other 57,000,000, but will support Presiden elect Obama as close to 100% as I can get. Get over McCain, Palin and Lieberman and the Republican party in general. A two party system is absolutely necessary, but your hatred and sexist and aging remarks are not necessary.
    I wish on all of you haters, old age and daughteres that find you as unnecessary as your remarks.

    November 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Independent Fred

    Despite the vitiral of the campaign Senator McCain will do whatever is asked of him for the good of america.

    Good Lord the possibility of having Clinton, McCain, Lugar, & Hagel on the same team brings a tear to my eye.

    Imagine that, the best and brightest putting politics aside for the good of the country.

    November 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. MONIKA

    I knew there was something special about president-elect BARAK OBAMA.This shows it , what a great man.GOD BLESS YOU.

    November 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. beevee

    McCain is essentially a very good man who unfortunately was influenced by conservative republicans during the campaign. I hope he and Obama can work together in a truly bipartisan way for the betterment of the country.

    November 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Carol

    President Elect Obama is brilliant! He is truly God sent, the man went from being a Community Organizer to President of the United States.

    May God continue to BLESS you President Elect Obama with great wisdom and knowledge, you health, your family and your staff.

    I VOTED FOR "THAT ONE"

    November 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Obama supporter...

    This is the kind of President we've needed for a long time. Unity and bipartisanship with great leadership is something we’ve needed for a long time. Obama, YOU are what we have been waiting for, for a long time… Thank you.
    :)

    November 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    McCain, the Maverick, will extend a bi-partisan hand to Obama. While moderate GOP members of Congress will follow his lead, hardcore conservatives will turn a blind eye.

    November 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. SJ

    Obama is the master of deceiving everybody.
    This is how he got elected. Future will tell.

    November 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Marge

    Does he want him for his administration. Hillary would be a fool to join him. He knows he is going to screw up he has started flippy floppy already...he thinks Hillary will run against him in 2012 and he wants her on his cabinet so she won't.

    November 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Linda

    Way to go Barack !!
    That is why this Republican Mom of 3 in GA and her family voted for you. We wish you God's protection and blessing.

    November 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Dixie AZ

    If we could truly look into the workings on the Republican side of the campaign, we might be able to access McCain's judgement. Did he make all those wacky decisions? Or was it the Republican advisers and the party? If it was McCain, I don't feel he has the judgement to hold an important post in the new government.

    November 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Mike

    Mccain is too smart to get involved with this fool

    November 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Carol

    President Obama 's weakness is that he is too awsome!

    Thanks John McCain for the new slogan I VOTED FOR "THAT ONE" OBAMA 2008!

    November 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Christopher from NY

    I think it's great to see McCain talking to Obama. I hope they can work together. Perhaps he is going to be smart enough to ask McCain for his advice, as well as the Democrats around him. The days of partisanship need to end. I think that the Clintons need to be left out of this administration because they have been as polarizing as the Bushs. Richardson for Attorney General, Chuck Hagel for Sec. of State, Wes Clark for Secretary of Defense!

    November 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. rm

    Give him Joe Lieberman's job!!!!

    November 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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