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.

Full story

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (175 Responses)

    Man, we really need to come together as a nation.
    This is a time for the true American spirit to show and crush the

    Hispanic, White, Black, Asian,Blue, Red, Gay, Straight, Progressive, Conservative...not on some kumbaya message...but on real
    progress. We can. We will.

    Its ok to be optimistic...American Exceptionalism lives!!!

    November 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Dennis November 17th, 2008 10:28 am ET

    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.
    That may be true, but he made too many mistakes during the campaign.

    That's like being the best qualified man for the job, and failing the interview.

    November 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Proud American

    Please Obama, DO NOT OFFER McCain a job!
    Having him work for you will be like having more of the Bush empire!
    Please DON'T HIRE McSame!

    November 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Leah from FL

    FUNNY... I can still see all those slimy commercials where McCain asks "Who is the REAL Obama?". McShame is SO totally sold out as a politician. I guess his response now is "oops, sorry, my bad. he really doesn't pal around with terrorists after all." Pleazzze, Mr President elect, send this slime ball as far as you can from your cabinet.

    November 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Rob

    If Hillary were offered the job of Secretary of State she would further unite the Democratic Part;would be a great team member-like Margaret Thacher was in Britain.

    November 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Leah from FL

    Don't trust this snake.

    November 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. TomT


    Country first? Maybe John McCain thinks so, but Obviously You do Not put country first because you still do the trash talk. Where would PRESIDENT Elect Obama have fallen "on his face" already? He is not even in office yet. If you call yourself a patriot, Mike, then act like one. The people have spoken in a free election and you need to accept that.

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

    Joe November 17th, 2008 9:47 am ET

    Does anyone think Obama lied about having the troops completely out of Iraq by Sept '09?
    He didn't say Sept. '09. He said 16 months, which is sometime in the middle of 2010. That's close to what the Iraqis agreed to, so it will probably happen sometime around then.

    November 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Proud American November 17th, 2008 11:12 am ET

    Please Obama, DO NOT OFFER McCain a job!
    Having him work for you will be like having more of the Bush empire!
    Please DON'T HIRE McSame!
    I disagree. Remember, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

    Does anybody know if Obama is hiring a food taster?

    November 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Robert The Man November 17th, 2008 11:01 am ET

    HAHAHA Obama and McCain played all y'all like fools! Didn't anyone watch the southpark?
    Normal people don't watch South Park!

    November 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Emit R Detsaw

    This is no more than a meeting so Obama can see whom in the Repubilcan part McCain had considered for cabinet posts. Then Obama can see if any of those names should be in his cabinet.

    McCain is not strong enough For the Military to be Defense Sec, or DOD. McCain will be staying in the Senate. Let Arizona retire him properly with their votes....

    November 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. skyya

    i don't know neither canididate to judge them i just hope the one that has to do the job do the job well inspite of what others think this country is in a crisis and it's not like the president we now have did anything to prevent it so some hero is going to have to save this country and obama has that oppourtunity. Presidency is going to be harder for him than any other. Being a president in these times are unspeakable and if he succeed he's going to definitely be my hero and others also i think he's aware of that as well.

    November 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Joe Regis

    Beside Hagel if there is one more repub that deserves to be in the Obama's administration it is McCain.

    Rumors has it that he will be Sec of Defense.

    I think it is a good move in the spirit of bipartisanship folks.

    November 17, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Coffla

    Nazir Jamal–she needs to go educate herself do some hard work to be more familiar with what is going on around. It is really a shame for a VP not to know anything about NAFTA or the difference between countries and continent...Geography 101.

    November 17, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    Obama does not take office for more than 2 months. The people bad mouthing him before he even starts are very poor losers. At least give him 100 days if office before you shoot your mouth off Mike!
    Let's at least let him have a fair shot at fixing this terrible mess we will be left with once the Republicans are gone.
    That is Country First!

    November 17, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Blue is my favourite colour

    I hope that Obama is meeting with him to discuss ways that they will proactively work together after Obama is sworn in–anything above that would be risky. John McCain, from what I know of him and read about his past, is simply not qualilfied for an appointed position–and he is not entitled to any consolation prize.

    In response to McCain saying he wanted Obama to have a position overseeing service in his administration, an interviewer asked Obama if he also would consider giving John McCain a position in his cabinet . Obama smiled and said, "he and I have a little work to do". I think Obama is starting that "work", but don't think that it will result in
    an appointed position.

    November 17, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |

    It could be a useful meeting only if John McCain is still the real "maverick" as opposed to the John McCLOWN who flip-flopped every other day, during the recent campaign, just to please the right religious zealots and the brain-dead Republicans happy to have Palin and Joe "the plummer" as their standard bearers.

    Bottom line: who would meet Obama? John McCain the maverick or John McCLOWN, the grumpy and tired politician?

    November 17, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. ANGIE

    I think we all know that was not Mccain when he was campaiging and deep down he is still a maverick,And Obama knows that ,Mccain Just moved to far right to win but thats truly not him,Mccain and Obama will work well together.

    November 17, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. They're Smiling in Your Face

    John McCain is not an executive leader or manager ... he does not deserve a Cabinet position.

    November 17, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Jkay - KCMO

    If McCain comes on board, that doesn't mean Palin is in his backpack!! No package deals President Elect Obama. I know you will be very careful.

    November 17, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Lesley, Lighthouse Point

    Barack Obama is demonstrating great leadership by listening to divergent beliefs. Reaching out to John McCain is a sign that great things are coming over the Obama horizon. Finally, we have someone who is actually interested in bringing everyone to the table.

    November 17, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    I hope President-elect Obama does not offer Senator McCain Secretary of Defense as Joe Regis is saying here on this blog. Remember "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran" anyone? He thought it was funny – I didn't.

    November 17, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. FactCheck

    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.

    You are correct, the John McCain of 2000 was one of the best men to have run for the Presidency and I would have crossed my affiliation to vote for him. Too bad that the McCain of 2008 bore absolutely no resemblance to the great man he was in 2000. Even those of us who held out a little hope that underneath the campaign verbiage, he was still the same guy underneath it all lost all hope when he picked his train-wreck for the VP job.

    November 17, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Looks like Obama is trying to move past the partisanship and do something for this country.
    For that, all of my conservative friends should applaud this move and realize that it is in fact Obama who is putting Country First.
    And, while at it, if he can steal that 60th seat from Arizona by removing McCain, all the better to get his agenday pushed through.

    November 17, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Lizz

    Mc Cain can't work with Prez Obama as he is quite rigid in his stands on several issues.

    Lucky that Mc Cain is not elected. His policy on economy is disastrous.... If gov. keep giving more to the rich, it will have no resources to help the poor people. And see... despite the big tax cut to big corp., many companies still laid off employees.

    This shows that Obama's bottom up strategy is the right ONE.

    November 17, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7