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

Obama and McCain set to meet in Chicago

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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. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Maybe McCain is going there without preconditions to discuss his plan to carry out Alaska's secession from the lower forty-eight? I'm sure Todd and Sarah are behind that brilliant idea.

    November 17, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Jack

    Let's see if John McCain is truly a maverick or just another republican obstructionists dooming any real change for America.

    John McCain has an opportunity to help make good on some of the empty campaign promises he and Sarah kept promoting, so let's see the beef! Get on board for some real change John, America needs a few good "republicans" to keep the filibuster out of play.

    November 17, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Pam

    I wonder if Sarah Palin thinks she's supposed to be there too.

    November 17, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Mickie

    Hate feeds on itself and those who are miserable inside will always be miserable no matter what happens around them. For the majority of Americans, we have hope again and with the mess the republicans have given us, I'm surprised anybody with hope would want to be president. God Bless America!

    November 17, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    McCain Secretary of defense!!!! Ron Paul sec of treasury!

    November 17, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. David

    WHY? I guess he's (Obama) is taking the hi road but I don't see why.

    November 17, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. dave g, minneapolis

    Of course they are going to work together...for all of spouted "differences" in the campaign, it is clear to anyone looking at it that the two parties aren't different. it should be called the Republicrat party. Both voted for the bailouts and both are looking at bailing out more industries and increasing our debt.

    The country is going down the path that many people have in the last few years: taking on more debt than can be handled. Who will bailout the US government when this is all over? will China foreclose on us?
    The Republican and Democrat parties are destroying whatever hope for future we have.

    November 17, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Anonymous

    News flash, they will be discussing the imigration act of 2009. You remember the one that McCain, Bush and most Dems backed but failed when the American people, who are against, it found out that it was going to be rammed down their throats. Obama and the Dems need cover and McCain will be more than happy to give it. It would have happened anyway if McCain was elected.

    Something has to be done about it but they will try to spin it as not being amnesty but thats exactly what it will be. The Dems feel they will have a vast new voting block to keep their hold on power and who knows what McCain is thinking.

    November 17, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Vic

    I still can't bear to look at McCin after his slimy hate filled campaign.
    He shamed our country and now I'm ashamed of him.

    November 17, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Chris

    Brian from South Mill, SC
    And none of us are normal so we watch South Park.

    November 17, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Sarah Pallin'

    John McCain is pallin' around with a guy who's been pallin' around TERRISTS?!

    Gosh darn it.

    November 17, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Fla. Voter

    President-elect Obama is rising above partisanship by reaching out with McCain to show America there is a better way politically. That's walking the walk and leading by example. Perhaps we might heed their gesture of good will.

    United we stand...

    God bless America!

    November 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Joe the Democrat PA

    Whatever President Elect Obama may offer to Senator McCain; he will
    do an outstanding job. Senator McCain has overcome what most hate
    bloggers can not even relate to; both, as a war hero, and a Senator.
    He has owned up to any mistakes that he has made along the way,
    and he has the fortitude to continue to fight for all citizens, and the
    betterment of the greatest country, The United States of America.

    November 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    News flash, they will be discussing the imigration act of 2009. You remember the one that McCain, Bush and most Dems backed but failed when the American people, who are against, it found out that it was going to be rammed down their throats. Obama and the Dems need cover and McCain will be more than happy to give it. It would have happened anyway if McCain was elected.

    November 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Noah

    He should keep J-Mac as close as possible to help him push through legislation. I trust both of them to work together for the greater good of our nation. Maybe McCain could make up for the past eight years and vote with President Obama 95% of the time

    November 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. I know a hero when I see one

    John McCain is a great man.
    Get over it haters.

    November 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Anna, ATL

    So you 'grownups' are still sore about Name calling during the political campaign???

    I think the candidates are bigger than that, at least.

    November 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. LIP

    People just don't get it. Politicians go through the motions of doing whatever is necessary to win an election. When it is over, its back to work as usual and the performance is over. They then begin glad handing the opponents and having lunch with them and exchanging jokes just as before, as if nothing happened. Its the people that seem to think that the animosity continues and it really doesn't. They are a bunch of actors on the Washington stage, doing whatever they have to motivate their base.
    Really good at it , arent they?

    November 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Al, NY NY

    McCain should stay in the Seante where is much more useful to the new administration as long as he can regain his "maverick" status and drop the "bible thumpers" and race-baiters that make up the majority of his party. If he can return to his form from 8 years ago, he could end up crossing party lines on some issues of importance and say "get lost" to the filibustering and obstructionism that will surely come from the recently shellacked GOP

    November 17, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Greatness doesn't come and go

    To those who claim that John McCain used to be a great man, I say either you are or you're not.

    Oh, and by the way, John is.

    November 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. maurice

    i hope the meeting goes well and they can put politics aside..................FOR ALL YOU HATERS OUT THERE IN CYBER LAND, GET OVER IT ALREADY. YOUR FIGHTING AFTER THE FACT. THE WENT THE 15 ROUNDS OBAMA WON.HOWEVER AS FAR AS LIES AND NON-TRUTHS THINK AGAIN MOST OF WHAT MCAIN SAID ABOUT OBAMA WAS TRUE... I DID SAY MOST! OBAMA JUST TOOK A DIFFERENT APROACH THAN MCAIN. HE FOCUSED MORE ON THE ISSUES, WHERE AS MCAIN FOCUSED MORE ON DESTROYING OBAMAS CHARACTER. OBAMAS APROACH WORKED AND MCAINS DIDN`T.

    November 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. w.l. jones

    Shake hand and give him plesant on a tought champaign and wish him well.

    November 17, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. CanIcallyouJoe

    I think they should settle things with those comically over-sized boxing gloves, in a ring in Times Square.

    But, that would probably put McCain in the hospital, since he looks like even a stubborn poo would kill him.

    In all honesty, I would like them to be able to put things aside and get along, but McCain's ideas and ideals are too outdated to be relevant anymore.

    November 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Carl

    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?
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    Brian from Fort Mill, SC November 17th, 2008 11:24 am ET

    Normal people don't watch South Park!
    ________________________

    I agree...normal people are not smart enough to get their humor because normal people are too busy stuffing triple bacon cheeseburgers in their mouths while texting...

    Southpark has been amazing in terms of satire and actual moral lessons Americans should practice.

    If the normal people ever woke up in this country, Ron Paul would be in power right now....

    November 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Robert of Long Island

    I will never look at John McCain the same way after this hate filled erratic behavior during his campaign. I am sure that is not the exact way he wanted to run it however it still happened and he lost the majorty of our country clearly spoke!

    now it is time for unity. God Bless America

    Obama 08!

    November 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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