November 17th, 2008
08:04 AM ET
9 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. The Future

    This is what our country should be about and we need leaders to reflect that.

    Frankly, I think the days for those who do not like to work or co-exist with other who are diffrent from them are OVER!

    They can continue to try to degrade folks by labeling them, but it says more about themselves. They will be extinct.

    Then will this country truely progess!

    November 17, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Professor GOFORIT

    So far I am impressed by ther urgency and the breadth of discussions and adminstration offerings President-elect Obama has made. Even 31 of his new positons have been filled with foremr Clinton admin aides, I do think President-elect Obama is reaching out to the likes of Mccain, Hillary Clinton, and others who were his most vocal critics. That takes guts – and it also shows hutzpah.

    President-elect Obama may actually be the first president elected in a long, long time whjo really wants to help this nation of ours.

    November 17, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Ron Ft. Myers

    Spencer/NY to VA, it is people like you that emulate all that is wrong with our election process. You should not even be allowed to vote, as you are apparently a bigot. When you return from the wrestling matches that you attend and believe are real, think about all the "old and senile" that marched during the 60's to force this nation to give the rights that many were enttled to before you disrespect them with your sarcastic ignorant remarks.

    November 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Simmy

    He's being more gracious than McCain would have been had he won. I hope this meeting helps the sore losers stop blogging so negatively against my new president! He's truly a God-send!

    November 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Lawrence

    McCain, Palin, "The Terminator" and SEVERAL other people (repubs) have come out to say that the labelling and name calling that went on was political rhetoric and are ready to work with the new prez. The problem is the mindless A.M. talk radio listeners have bought in to vile "the sky is falling" talk that was supposed to scare them away from our prez elect and still believe it to be true. How can you have soooo much hate and poison towards some one that hasn't had a chance to govern. Tell the real reason for all the hate........ Biggots! The ills of this country fall squarely in the lap of Bush, but you some how don't have all that hate for him. Shameful!

    November 17, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Penny

    I'm glad they are meeting.....but I've thought and thought, and I just can't come up with a position that calls for erratic behavior, name calling, lying, patting yourself on the back for over-magnified war stories....(truth is, he sang like a canary when captured) and surrounding yourself with good looking women who's IQ's are less than 85............

    November 17, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. beevee

    McCain minus Palin is a terrific individual who has country first in his heart. He can work in a bipartisan way with Obama to bring the country out of financial turmoil. They may still have different views on the war with Iraq which is fast becoming a thing of the past. McCain by and large is a good man.

    November 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Joe

    Does anyone think Obama lied about having the troops completely out of Iraq by Sept '09?

    November 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Grady Mooney

    Watch your back, Sen McCain. Remember: "Country First!".

    November 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Marcus M

    I think the fact that McCain even considered meeting with Obama should be enough proof to the American people that McCain and Palin's accusations of Obama being a Socialist have no merit.

    November 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Karen, Arkansas

    Looking forward to having this educated man as our leader. So far he is proving himself worthy of our votes.

    November 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Dee

    So Obama actually believes this buddy buddy political stuff he discussed during the campaign. I'm genuinely surprised it wasn't just talk. He might actually bring back a nonpartisan era and get things done. Nice 🙂

    November 17, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Dixie AZ

    Hopefully, McCain has found his feet again and will be grounded enough to help get this economic mess cleaned up. I feel the Senator doesn't have the temprament for a cabinet seat, but he could be cooperative in the Senate.

    November 17, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Truth Hurts

    Mccain will not be offered a job in Obama cabinet. Obama will have other republicans in his cabinet but not Mccain. Mccain and Obama will probably work together on bi-partisan projects to get this economy and energy back on top!!

    November 17, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Maryland Democrat

    I think McCain might be good in a position of Secretary for Veteran Affairs.

    It is an area where he is strongest,both in knowledge and in his advocacy work.

    November 17, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Dorothy in NC

    It is such a good and exciting feeling knowing that the new year will bring in a President who understands that both parties have to work together to make our government work. Happy New Year !

    November 17, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Christopher

    Hey Belton TX., are you still clinging to that Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin load of nonsense?

    Try opening your eyes and your brain.

    November 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Carole

    Looks like Palin is the odd one out... which is a good thing. Maybe McCain will be in charge of immigration or something.

    November 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. An American voter

    this is good politics for the country.

    November 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Walt, Belton, TX


    The only one that believed that socialism crap was Sarah Palin. Besides what do you think we currently have?

    November 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Rachel

    Don't turn your back Obama. Mack is back. You can't remove spots from an old Leopard. I do hope McCain tries to get in the gear of being a Republican for a change. He was like a cameleon. Didn't know what hat to put on and after his biggest blunnder of them all....Palin....I do hope he gets back to the business of America first and not just them first. Maybe he will turn a new leaf but I wouldn't count on it. His life style is too ingrained now.

    November 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. A Really Conservative Realist

    If a true, well-spoken conservative had run against BO, the result would have been different in the White House, Senate, and House. Liberal ideas have NEVER out-competed conservative ideas in a national election in our country, all else equal. This is a matter of historical fact. We elect libs when conservative thoughts are either poorly communicated (think Dole), or when liberal ideas are falsely communicated (think Obama.) Enjoy your time in power libs. You "earned" it. You beat a moderate. Our contry will not enjoy cleaning up your messes.

    November 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Senator McCain, there are those in your party that are already starting to blame you for the loss in this year's election. Also, you may or may not run for another term as the Senator from the Great State of Arizona. Can you help your country as either Secretary of Defense or Secretary of Veteran Affairs? These are two posts that you could put "Country First" and bring a wealth of experience.

    November 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. anonymous in Big D

    I think McCain is smart enough to see through NObama's socialistic ways. If he is appointed to a post in the cabinet, you can bet he'll do it HIS way.

    November 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. demwit

    DOW -135.96 -1.60% 8,361.35
    That's 1300 points down since Nov 4th.

    Feeling inspired yet!!??

    November 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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