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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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. bill, alabama

    Tell Senator McCain to do what he was elected to do ...... sit down, shut up, and serve in the United States Senate!

    November 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. thomas

    ... and McCain said he'd never meet with terrorists.

    November 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Obama is a much bigger man than I. I would not be able to work with an individual that led such a dispicable campaign, full of lies and smears, against both Obama and his wife.

    But, if Obama can forgive I should be able to as well, altho, I will have to pray long and often.

    November 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. David, Silver Spring, MD

    This constant "Let bygones be bygones" attitude really does more harm than good. It only encourages the kind of over-the-top charges that polluted this last election.

    If McCain, Lieberman, and yes, Hillary Clinton, can run the kind of ads and make the kind of charges they made against Obama without paying any political price, won't that just encourage candidates to be even more outrageous during the next campaign?

    If McCain believed half the things he said about Obama, why would he agree to meet with him? Isn't that tantamount to "palling around with terrorists"?

    November 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Angie-OHIO

    Peace and peace making is a wonderful thing. Mr President-elect Obama. We must all learn to get along. So it is wonderful to agree to disagree and still be friendly. Good for you Senate McCain.

    November 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. JD Not

    Republicans as well as their values are in malalignment with the reality of modern world, and McCain typifies that: losers, and I say it again, losers.

    November 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Marc

    I'm glad they're meeting. Hopefully it will help to tone down some of this rhetorical nonsense that we had to endure during the campaign.

    One other thing to remember about speculating on cabinet posts- Obama will probably be careful to not pick many sitting senators, especially those in states where the Democrats have a chance at losing the special election. And taking McCain out of the Senate, with his experience and seniority, wouldn't be smart. Obama really needs some fresh ideas coming from his cabinet, not people who have been in politics for years.

    November 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Bruce

    You know I love the way that some people use the stock market slide
    as an indication that Obama is not doing his job, and has shows how uninformed we as a nation are,
    Obama is not the President, he is not in charge,,,Bush still is.
    Now the fact that Bush is on his way out, and seems to not care what ahppened but just wants to get out...never gets mentioned.
    I think that perhaps this should pioint out the fact that we need to not have the long time between the election and the new president taking over. 30 days would be a good time frame, get things in order and lessen the risk of an outgoing administration either doing nothing or doing what they want.
    For all of you blaming someone who has not taken office for the mess, get over is still your man bush in charge...blame him.

    November 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Caligirl

    To A Really Conservative Realist,

    Well, it was one of your great conservatives that will leave this country in the biggest mess since the depression. It appears that before Pres.-Elect Obama can create any messes as you put it, he will have to clean up your guy's (Bush) mess! So much for all the good your conservatives do.

    I think McCain should remain in the Senate and lead the efforts on Immigration reform.

    November 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Fee, Philadelphia about placing blame for the current economic condition with the current White House Administration. To link our recent econmic woes with the election of Obama is dumb and unfounded. I guess he is responsible for the fires in California too since that happened after Nov. 4th too!

    November 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. karen-phoenix

    Hey Americans! Get off the socialism stuff!! WE are a socialistic country!!! Social secureity, medicare, medicade, transportation–rail and busses, city water and sewage departments, police, fire departments, hospitals, snow removal, garbage pick up(in some cities) and so on and so on!!! The only thing we don't have in national health care!!! America!!! We have been a socialist country for years!!!

    November 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Sanity Has Returned

    Putting McCain in charge of Veterans Affairs just might put him in touch with what our injured military folks are having to go through on a day to day basis once they come home from the ME. I really believe that Obama will work very hard for every american by working on getting this country out of this economic mess. Yes, it might take an infusion of tax payer money, but what else can be done at this point? Relaxing regulations and encouraging americans to go shopping after 9/11 was the worst piece of advice a sitting President could have every given.

    November 17, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. ran

    A reaching out to the other side and hopefully it will bring the results we all need now. Enough of the power grabbing and rubber stamping of the Republicans. These people need to come together with the Democrats to get things done and not fight ever thing because it doesn't fit their simple ideology .

    November 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. 1/20/13

    John dont do it......Meeting with a terrorist without preconditions bad move. Watch your back, the fat little obama brigade might be present

    November 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. just a thought

    i don't wish anything bad for mccain, i just don't trust him.

    November 17, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Dennis

    McCain was the best man to run for President in avery long time. The media through him under the bus. I hope McCain stays in the Senate as the voice of reason.

    November 17, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Jackie

    Obama is extremely shady. But I am not surprised that he won he is very slick and crafty.

    November 17, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. PL

    I wouldn't trust the McInsane as far as I could throw him. Question, what about Palin for Sec of State? Russia is right next door.

    November 17, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Mary, IN

    Good idea, I hope it goes well.

    November 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Rachelraye49 - MD

    You are entitle to your opinion realist republican. I don't care who you ran against Obama this year he still would have won. It wasn't John McCain some in this country were sick of your party. Eight years of destruction. This election had a divine intervention and there was nothing you could do about it. So just sit back and let this intelligent President handled this mess up situation that he inherited from the great conservative party. Please!!!

    November 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. FLewis

    I really think McCain would be good for the position of Secretary for Veteran Affairs, also long as he don't be Ms. Palin alone with him. Please keep her in Alaska. She's already over-stayed her welcome here.

    November 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Mark, CA

    True conservatives will never enter the White House again. The country has moved on from the zealots who were in countrol 28 years ago. George Bush was not a true conservative, he was an actor, and the gig is up. The GOP does not deserve the presidency after electing the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

    Get over yourselves rethugs.

    November 17, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Veterans for Obama

    It's AMAZING, I apologize, it is not AMAZING, IT'S SAD to see the HATE and IGNORANCE still BLOGGING here. The election is OVER, MR, Obama has Prevailed, so GET OVER IT. It is that HARD to believe that someone else of another RACE or EVEN BI/Multi-RACIAL may become PRESIDENT.

    So, for those of YOU without any INTELLOGENT CONVERSATIONS, please stop blogging. Even if you think it is IMPORTANT or INTELLIGENT, as a 5th grader for imput.

    November 17, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Spencer/NY to VA

    @ Ron & Dexter

    First of all I can't vote because i'm a convicted felon, so watch your mouth when talking about someone who you don't know. And as far as my sarcastic comment goes, oh well. John McCain is far from a great man in my eyes. Just because you were a P.O.W. doesn't earn brownie points with me. I'm a vet and I've got friends who died in combat. Those are my heroes. When Sen. McCain did not denounce the negative comments at his rallies, he lost the little bit of respect I did have for him.

    November 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Proud to be American

    Hey I do believe in keep your friends close and your enemies even closer – not saying McSane is an enemy of Obama …. Just putting that out there. I think our President elect is very intelligent therefore I do trust his judgement.

    November 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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