Obama wanted meeting with McCain
February 2nd, 2011
11:15 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama wanted meeting with McCain

UPDATE: McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan described the meeting:
“Senator McCain and the President had a productive meeting on a range of issues, including the situation in the middle east, immigration reform and border security, trade, and budgetary matters. Senator McCain looks forward to working with the President to address issues of mutual concern for the welfare of our country in these challenging times.”

Washington (CNN) - President Obama initiated his planned one-on-one meeting with Sen. John McCain after the Arizona senator authored an op-ed on political civility following the Tucson shootings, according to a senior administration official. The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon.

"This is the result of a call the President placed to McCain after the Arizona Senator's op-ed that appeared after Tucson – he wanted to come see the President about some important issues and the President is eager to see him," the official said.

The op-ed, which appeared in the Washington Post January 16, praised the president's speech at the Tucson victims' memorial service.

"I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause," McCain wrote.

- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King contributed to this report

Filed under: John McCain • President Obama
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. gt

    work together ... create jobs....thats what the people want...

    February 2, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause," McCain wrote
    I disagree with you on many things McCain, in particular your sincerity, and the "wisdom" of choosing the dingbat for a running mate. Be that as it may, in this case we agree. I would urge you, if in fact you're being sincere, to stand by that sentiment and make it strongly known to your Party peers when they are questioning everything under the sun in regards to our President. As one of the most senior members of the Senate, deserved or not, your words still caryy some weight, oput it to good use and try and get your Party to work with the President, or just to get to WORK period.

    February 2, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Republicans = Fascists

    The President probably invited Old Man McCain over so he can smack him upside the head for unleashing Stupid Sarah on the populus.

    February 2, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Keep in mind McCain – the CAMPAIGN is OVER and you LOST!!!

    February 2, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. PalmReader

    "I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause," McCain wrote."

    So this is what adult conversation sounds like? Been a long time coming, but appreciated nonetheless, John McCain. Especially when one brings Gringrich, Romney, Pawlenty, Palin, Santorum, Bachmann, Daniels, Huntman, Huckabee, Giuliani, Trump, Angle, (I'm sure I've missed a few ... there are so many of them) into the conversation with their endless whining and media tantrums.

    February 2, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Tish

    Just a waste of time!! Obama shouldn't even waste his time.

    February 2, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. President please don't take any advice from John McCain about anything. McCain is not honorable about anything when it comes to President Obama; McCain will sit down with the President, the President holds a civil talk with McCain and when the President turns his back McCain sticks a dagger in his back. McCain will never get over his defeat but he has no one else to blame but himself and Palin.

    February 2, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. CJG

    McCain seems to only roll the way the wind blows ! He is no longer relevant in the scheme of things, he did himself in with his misstep with Palin and then flip flopping on don't ask don;t tell! I am no longer an admirer ! Maverick ? NOT!

    February 2, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Indie Woman in Denver

    Is Glenn Beck listening, or has he gone too far over the edge of sanity? If even Senator McCain finally has something good to say about the prez, then maybe there's hope.

    February 2, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Seattle Sue

    Mr. President please keep your back to the wall if John McCain is in the same room with you.

    February 2, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Abe

    Is good those two guys want to talk, but I do not see any thing good coming out because Senator McCain has no respect for our president. As far as the Tuscan shootings I am deeply sorry for what happened but the other side of me says how about those innocent people that get shot everyday that do not get all the publicity as the Arizona shootings. Lets treat everyone equally and not make a public spectacle because one of our own who is a politician and is being treated given all the medical marvels available. I wish the congresswoman and the rest of the victims speedy recovery. I thing the president and McCain should also include in there meeting how about publicity available for all the innocent people that get killed everyday.

    February 2, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. js007

    Wow, would it ever be nice if the "old" John McCain came back? You know, the one who had some dignity and actually stood for something...here's hoping that John Steward can put away the John McCain doll (as funny as it was!).

    February 2, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. LMG

    Why do I have this strange feeling that now that the Prez feels some positive feedback from McCain he is going to use this meeting to really ask for help setting up an immigration solution now that he may feel McCain is open to helping him. I am still confused why they are making the shooting political when this guy has demonstrated mental illness for ages. Can you say "John Hinkley Jr." anyone? I hope God looks after all the victims lining and lost and hope Gabby continues her recovery.

    February 2, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    John McInsane is only using this tragedy to further his owe cause nothing else. He is a pathetic old foll who doesn't realize his time has past.

    February 2, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. rocko2080

    In Obama's next term, I would like to see McCain as the Sec. of State,

    February 2, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. rocko2080

    Don't forget that Sen McCain was a pretty middle road guy and not too crazy util he ran for Prez. He needs to back off the nutty juice and go back to being the liberial Republican he used to be.

    February 2, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Independent

    It's about time McCain made it to the oval office.

    February 2, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. nuser

    McCain and Palin were the worst offenders of rhetorics and vitriol. This is insanity!

    February 2, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |