November 17th, 2008
08:04 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama and McCain set to meet in Chicago


Watch CNN's Suzanne Malveaux report on the upcoming meeting.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call it a meeting of the bipartisan minds.

President-elect Barack Obama will meet with former GOP presidential candidate John McCain Monday in Chicago, Illinois.

Watch: Obama set to meet McCain

The meeting will take place at the Obama transition headquarters.

"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," Obama transition spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement Sunday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Spencer/NY to VA

    Prez. Obama: John, I hope you didn't take that spanking personally. How about being my secretary for the old and senile.

    November 17, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Walt, Belton,TX

    This is a thorough waste of time. For if McCain should now embrace Obama's socialistic political menu, he will have finished his career with a Pearl Harbor result.

    November 17, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. LyonsPhilly

    Hopefully McCain can put the election behind him and work along with our new president to get this economy back on track since it's going straight into the toilet.

    November 17, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. JB

    He will be Sec of Defense.

    And why are there dems still attacking Repuiblicans? What is the point. The campaign is over. The elections are over. You can rub their noses in it, OR, you can be an adult, grow up, and hope that as a result of bipartisanship, we fix this country.

    And for all you newbie political junkies, a party CANNOT do it by themselves. Bipartisanship is the only way. So maybe, instead of claiming that Republicans are bible thumping, war monger idiots, maybe just ,maybe, you should hope that we all get along enough to fix this giant mess.

    November 17, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Uncle Sam

    The postpartisan era begins...

    November 17, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. mark from new york

    the american dream is coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Anon

    Walt, Belton, Tx Perhaps you should do research on the actual meaning and practice of socialism, instead of just believing everything you hear come out of McCain and Palin's mouth.

    November 17, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. mark from new york

    the american dream is coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. California Gold

    This precisely what both candidates campaigned about: bipartisanship. As seasoned pros both understand the need to extend an olive branch to one another for the country's benefit. I just don't understand why it takes 90-minutes of President Elect Obama's precious time to "make nice" so I imagine there will be talk about the DOD on the table. After all the military is McCain's forte. May be an appointment in there, which would free up McCain's Republican seat and Arizona's Democrat Governor would appoint a Democrat as a replacement. Not that that is a good reason to appoint anyone. Just an observation.

    November 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Paul Penta

    Suzanne, in describing Pres elect Obama's approach to building an administration, cited the oft heard comment that he prefers the model established by the "late" Abraham Lincoln.

    Was it really necessary to add the word "late" to President Lincoln's name? I think we all knew that.

    November 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. John

    Bipartisan minds?


    Oy, CNN...

    November 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Marie banderas

    Why would anyone want McCain for DOD ??? He is so FOR wars !! Better to have Colin any rate, am glad to see Obama meeting with McCain to at least extend the olive branch..McCain is best left in the senate, as well as hillary left in senate..Obama already seems to be making very wise choices, and has very knowledgible heads advising and helping him..Give Obama a chance folks..we voted in him , now, let him DO his job, in 4 years if things arent better, THEN, you can complain and vote again !!

    November 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Obama 08

    I'm sure McCain will be able to "come in peace." It's like he always said..."Country First."

    November 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I know this meeting is not about his cabinet, but he should consider making John McCain either a member of his cabinet, or possibly an advisor.

    I would consider national security advisor, secretary of veteran affairs, or something like that.

    November 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. Tiaunia, Dallas

    Hmm ...hopefully this meeting will be productive. I would love to be a fly on the wall to feel the energy in that room!!

    Good luck to both.

    November 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Kimora

    John remember "THAT ONE" will be your new President in January!

    November 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. carol

    I think the talks will be very cordial, both of them want what is best for the country, the election is over and we need to move on and if they both can find some common ground then that is a good thing.
    The time has come for us all to pull together now and get this country working again, the time for sniping at each other is over.

    November 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Bobby, Wichita

    I completely agree with Anon, this a ridiculous claim for anyone to call Barack Obama a socialist. Especially if you have read anything on the subject. He is quite far from it so I wish people would get informed before they run their mouths.

    November 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Kos

    I'm a Democrat and I condone other Democrats' degrading comments about Republicans.

    And vice versa.

    Come on guys, election is over. This isn't American Idol... so regardless of what party you rooted for, please move on. Republicans or Democrats, wake up and work together or get out of this country – we got too many things to fix and the last thing we need is your puny hatred. We need this country to return to the glorious United States of America right now, not Divided States of America.

    November 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Victoria

    It makes me smile to see these two discussing ideas without insulting each other and making false claims about the other one. I believe that the Obama administration will show the concept of reaching across the aisle, putting aside differences of opinions, and just plain cooperating to heal this nation.

    November 17, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Dexter in Houston TX

    To:Spencer, was that absolutely necessary....John McCain is a great man! you should be so lucky to live as long as him and see America the way McCain has seen!

    Obama '08

    November 17, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. sneee

    we have made that change.

    November 17, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. gary, detroit

    Shouldn't we be consulting with Sarah Palin on this one ? LOL

    November 17, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. GA Independent

    I'd love for Obama to ask WHY McCain would come to GA and campaign for Chambliss, a man McCain found "reprehensible". So much for McCain's ethics. We can't trust McCain in any position of authority, not even in the name of "bipartisanship". McCain forgot all of his principles somewhere along the way – like back in September...

    November 17, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Justice 4 All

    "Rise above it" – hard for the lesser man to understand. It takes a strong and smart MAN to move past all of the foolishness that keeps most back. Plus, as they say, "keep your friends close, and your enemies/rivals closer". Luv it!
    Just one more reason why I believe Barack is and was always the right choice. Stop the hate, and let's work together.

    God Bless us All.

    November 17, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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