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. Janet, VA

    The conservative party sactioned "torture". We voted to end torture and to end the conservative rule.

    November 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Rhoda, OR

    If Barack can extend an olive branch, why can't we? The election is over, can we all just get along.

    Stop being mean spirited, our country is in trouble and Barack is trying to make a difference. Let's join him in his quest for a better America. Enough.

    November 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. LIP

    All is fair in love and war and politics. McCain put up his very best defense against a clever political offense of painting McCain as another four years of Bush. That is behind us now and the future of America is what is important. Both McCain and Obama understand this and now is the time to mend fences and move forward with the work of the people.
    The best of luck to both of them, for they will need lots of it.

    November 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. F. Taylor

    To A Really Conservative Realist blogging about how great the right extremism is for America check out the world wide rankings of the U.S. on all categories.

    Just put a category in google for a world wide ranking and you will get a glimpse of reality. The fact is America ranks well behind all modern natiions on all categories and even behind 3rd world countries on some of these categories.

    Doing the latter will put some reality back into your thinking process although CNN might not print this since in the category of FREEDOM OF THE PRESS the U.S. ranks 44th world wide.

    November 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Joe Regis

    Rumora has it that McCain will be offered Sec of Defense and he will accept it.

    If that's true remember you heard it here on CNN first from me.

    I think he will be a great team player in the administration.

    Way to go Obama!

    November 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. AEK

    Too many people posting on CNN are blaming John McCain for his poor performance in the last election. This is a man who has dedicated his whole life to service to our country. If he is guilty of anything, it is using such bad judgement in allowing himself to be manipulated by the Bush/Chaney/Rove team and their negative campaign practices. Let's all try to remember the 2000 John McCain. He has been the voice of reason for moderate Republicans for many years. Unfortunately his voice has been drowned out by the right wing faction in his party that has forced moderates like myself to abandon the party years ago.

    November 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Jeff

    An avid Obama supporter, I have mixed emotions about an open relationship with Senator McCain - that said, on a purely intellectual approach I highly approve knowing in reality this can be a good thing for the country. Its pretty simple I believe, they both have ideas, both good and bad, and sharing those ideas, as well as many other folk's ideas can be very productive.

    On a side note, it's pretty clear so far he sees no intrinsic value in the failed Palin, and for this I am grateful.

    Now, what was the problem with intelligence again????

    After so many years of being de-educated through the complex workings of funding, support, teacher pay, infrastructure mis-steps etc, we as a people have to struggle to understand the major issues facing the world – HOWEVER, it is also clear that we have elected a new President who IS smart and well educated and can grasp what HAS happened to us, and seems to be on the horizon for us.

    GOOD LUCK PRESIDENT OBAMA! (and if Sen. McCain can help thats ok!)

    November 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Bridget

    Honor the POW!!!!!!!!! John McCain dodged real bullets for our country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Liberal and proud of it!

    McCain needs to be vetted insofar as his medical/psychological health. I still firmly believe that he has incipient Alzheimers/Dementia.
    To put him in any position of national security would be a big mistake,
    Not to mention that he voted against veterans benefits because he thought that he wouldn't be able to make them stay in the service if they got benefits after serving their terms.

    November 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. katiec

    Which Mccain will show up. The one of 2000 or the person he presented during the campaign?
    With the sleeziest campaign in history, he should not be given
    any authority on decisions concerning the future of our country.
    He proved he put hisself and winning first over our survival
    with the pick of palin.

    November 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. al in memphis

    Based on these comments that focus on labels and party politics, it appears the politicans do take their clue from the public.
    Given the crisis we are in, I would expect a president to have a process that would consider any GOOD idea, no matter where it came from.

    That's what we elect them for and pay them for - act in the good of the people.

    November 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Art Michaelson

    The record will show how narrow minded BUSH/CHENY 8 year administration has been. Bush rarely met face-to-face with the Democratic leadership. And V/P Cheney never met with the DEMOCRATIC leadership or travel to Capital Hill except ot cast the tieing vote or meet with the REPUBLICAN Caucus.. This will go down in history as the most deceptive, secretive, partisan administration in American history.

    November 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. mike

    Sanity has really have some nerve attacking Mccain for not understanding what our soldier's are going through.

    November 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Pete Collins

    The very fact that Republicans say it's a 'great' idea to make Clinton secretary of state should be more than enough to highlight how bad an idea this is. It will only cause distractions
    Inviting those people into his administration is a huge mistake that will slow down the change America voted for. We heard the Republican attacks and arguments for two years and voted against them. The Republican LOST the election, and in a lopsided fashion. They need to act like that is so and stop preparing to say "no" to what America has resoundingly said "YES" to. Obama doesn't need his political enemies inside his administration and he doesn't need to ask their permission to do what American has told him we want done.

    November 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Nazir Jamal

    I am okay with McCain and Obama meeting, What about Palin, I sincerely hope Obama will not invite her and give another few days of Palin in media, I would advise Palin to go in hiding for next several years in Alaska

    November 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Robert The Man

    HAHAHA Obama and McCain played all y'all like fools! Didn't anyone watch the southpark?

    November 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. John, what have you done for us lately?

    Dedicated to those posters who question whether McCain knows what soldiers have to go through upon their return...

    November 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Pat

    Dem's need to get off McCain and Palin's back, you won. Palin is to the Dems as Reid and Pelosi are the the Republicans. Palin did what ever other politican (Dem or Republican), they do whatever it takes to get elected – unfortunately, she didn't have a lot of experience to overshadow her misqueues. Where is MOVEON.ORG when you need it?

    November 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. mike

    no actually the fact that mccain is meeting with Obama shows one thing....he truly believes country first....and he sees this guy falling flat on his face already and is there to help. nice try though obamabots

    November 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. LyonsPhilly

    I think John McCain is trustworthy. His VP nominee was the one that injected bigotry and meanness into his campaign...

    November 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Beyond taliking points

    Obama is as much a socialist as McCain is a warmonger.

    November 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Turn Texas BLUE

    Great Idea as long as he wont trash talk, or be the way he was during debates! Now lets get this show on the road to make the country! Lets ALL COME TOGETHER AND FIX WHAT BUSH MESSED UP!

    November 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Jackie November 17th, 2008 10:28 am ET

    Obama is extremely shady. But I am not surprised that he won he is very slick and crafty.
    Maybe you're right. But think of it this way:
    He was able to outsmart the Clinton machine, John McCain, Karl Rove, and everybody else in Washington – He just might be able to outsmart Osama Bin Laden, Ahmadinijad, and Kim Jong (Mentally) Ill!

    November 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. phil. e

    lol lol the return of john mccain the maverick and the hero . i thought he proclaimed that obama has socialistic views towards issues. what is he coming to do ? why does he wanna meet obama and talk ? politicians. well anyway time for bickering and argument is over so obama i will suggest that u make john mccain the minister for all crazy old people over 70yrs old.not all old poeple, i mean the crazy old people, i think he can handle that job well.

    November 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    just a thought November 17th, 2008 10:27 am ET

    i don't wish anything bad for mccain, i just don't trust him.
    I think John McCain is ok. It's true that he got stupid during the campaign, but I think he's back to normal now.

    November 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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