November 14th, 2008
10:35 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama, McCain to meet

(CNN) - Barack Obama and John McCain will meet in Chicago next week, the Obama-Biden transition team announced Friday.

"On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter.

“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. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel."

The two men spoke by phone Election Night, but have not met in person since the Al Smith dinner in New York on October 16.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Swedish fan

    What of Joe "the Plumber"? Better if he will be incharge of all the plumbing works in the whitehouse tax-free.

    November 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. trudy

    that again showsall of us ,that Obama is a unider.not a devider . Obama you are the one ,that keeps his Promisses. i trust Obama with my Life an many others .he will be a good Commander an Chief .

    November 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Rob

    I don't know about Sec of Defense.... that seems like it would create more gridlock than anything.

    I bet McCain would like it if he were appointed to head a special task force to eliminate Congressional pork barrell spending....

    something like that.

    November 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. John

    As a McCain supporter, I applaud President elect Obama for reaching out. to the other 46% of America who did not vote for him. I hope something good will come out of this meeting on Monday with Senator McCain. If so, he will be doing what he promised, uniting the country and bring change to Washington. If he keeps his word on that, he will win over this republican. I hope we can all come together to support our new President because we are Americans first, before any party affiliation. Its time to stop hating and start healing. Maybe we will also stop seeing such wild and reckless posts full of hate and vitriol on here. Pray for President Obama and our country!

    November 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Yes we did!

    There is no way that Obama should have McCain as Secretary of Defense! He was instrumental in getting us into a war that should have never been and he would like to see it continue. He would also like to rush to war with Iran. Way too many conflicts there! I would rather see someone like Dick Luger, John Kerry, Colin Powell or Chuck Hagel at that post. Someone who would think and rationalize before rushing into another conflict.
    Seeing McCain during this campaign gives me no hope or trust in him whatsoever!

    November 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. jai

    You people are reading too much into this ...he is just going to apologize for calling Obama a terrorist and marzist.

    November 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Jos/TN

    we must work together to save this country and world, why not meet with McCain, everyone claim to be patriotic, and Christians

    November 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Tired

    Go Obama Go Obama Go Obama. Show them who the man is. I am pleased to hear that you will meet with "THAT ONE"

    November 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Christina

    I see a lot of good sense in everything Obama's done since the election ended. He's surrounding him with a competent, experienced staff. He's not allowing for any hyper-partisan BS. He's meeting with his former rivals to extend the olive branch, and perhaps even offer them a roll in his administration. But there's been no doubt that from day one, this is HIS administration. We really need this in a leader. An alpha dog with common sense who will listen to all sides and then make well informed, reasoned decisions.

    Watching him side-by-side with Bush the other day was a real eye opener. Just reading their body language gave me a renewed sense of excitement about this country's future. We've FINALLY elected someone worthy of the job. I can't wait for January 20th.

    November 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Independent

    Obama is bringing much needed change after the last 8 years. Do you think McCain would have done the same if he had defeated Obama? Can you imagine Bush having a meeting with Kerry? Ok, ok, that was a good laugh. Let's hope this continues and Obama really does work in a bipartisan manner.

    November 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Harald

    It's good to see them start talking, this country is extremely divided at this point and I think that Obama and McCain could bring some unity again.
    It's important in times like these that we are united to focus on how to solve the problems we are facing. As an Obama supporter I'm happy to see that he sticks to what he has been talking about all along: We are all Americans.

    November 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. rodlang

    Why are you liberals so full of hate and vitriol. You a good winner. Nothing worse than a poor winner or poor loser. Both Obama and McCain are being good Americans.

    November 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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