November 17th, 2008
08:04 AM ET
14 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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  1. Ken

    Well, if Obama needs a drama queen somewhere in his cabinet, then McCain will do. Otherwise McCain brings little substance to the table for any cabinet position. During the campaign many said they wanted the smart one to win....well he did, now let him pick an equally smart cabinet to work with. We've got lots of problems to solve; let's get the best and brightest in there to solve them. The [R]s lost the election for a reason.

    November 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. justobserve

    Is it natural for Obama to talk face-to-face in a voice that is several octaves lower than his public one? It sounds strange that his voice is so low to be heard clearly that you have to turn up the volume. And what happened to his eyes? They look like he is sleepy!

    November 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I'm glad to see at least some of the Obama supporters on this blog finally firing back at there brethren who insist on continuing to bash McCain. It took you long enough. The Spencers of the US clearly don't get the message that Obama claims to embrace of trying to bring people together and bipartisanship. One wonders why they voted for Obama when clearly they have no real interest practicing what he preaches.

    November 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Independent voter

    Obama is an amazing man and will be the most amazing president. Inspite of all the disadvantages he is strating with from day 1, he will be one of the greatest, if not the greatest president ever. I have nevr felt such pride and have never ben as motivated to do whatever I can to help our country. Obama has made a differnece in my life already. I am so glad that he is meeting with Mcain, Mccain is a good man, a great American hero, though I voted for Obama because I believed he would make a better president, and though I did not care for the negativity Mccain/Palin used during the campaign, I agree with Obamas strategy of bringing everyone together to help the American people, whih is what we hired him to do. God bless our president elect and Gd bless the USA.

    November 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. CY Indy

    Think about it. If Hillary is SoS than she has ZERO shot in 4 years. If BO is even midly successful she can't run against him – the party wouldn't allow it. If his administration is a failure, than she would be considered part of it as SoS. She has to weigh this carefully against her own ambition. Say what you will, she is a savvy politician.

    November 17, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. fella from Chicago

    Foolish people! The GOP won the presidential election. Barack was indeed the Manchurian Candidate; for the Republican party. On the Right they offered John McCain. On the Left they put Barack Obama. Now Preident-elect Obama is bringing in Center to Center Right Cabinet members like Hillary and John. Hagel and Lieberman have been discussed as well. Don't see any Kennedys , do you? Barack loves Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln was a Republican. God Bless the Republican Party!

    November 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Anita from Arizona

    Walt, Belton TX...

    McCain's campaign was all rhetoric. "Paling around with terrorists, socialism and all the other stuff were lies to win the Presidency for the Republicans. You have to move on from that, just like McCain is doing now. Country First and Change are hand in hand now. I'm ready. Are you???

    November 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Christine CT

    I think that this is a good idea, in the spirit of bipartisanship and reaching out to those who have possible solutions. Now McCain is acting like his old self again, I feel that he can make a good contribution to the idea tank.

    November 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    ¬ĽAnother important day for America. All right.

    November 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Beyond talking points

    When did John McCain show hate during the campaign?
    Even once? When?

    November 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Inside job

    While everyone was twiddling their thumbs,the biggest inside bank robbery in history took place,yes we allowed Henry Paulson to rob us, so the 8 biggest banks could steal our money and hide it somewhere.Now we cry about helping the auto makers but cant find the money we gave to Paulson.He should go to prison for causing the scare and stealing our money.

    November 17, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. It takes two

    Campaign lies like McCain wanting to prolong the Iraq War for 100 years?

    November 17, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Brian from Fort Mill, SC


    Let's face it. As good as Ron Paul was, he wouldn't have been able to undo the damage that Bush and Cheney did to the Republican brand. Obviously the bad economy made it worse for Republicans.

    It really didn't matter who the Republican was, and it didn't matter who the Democrat was. This election cycle belonged to the Democrats. That's why they also widened their majority in the House and Senate.

    November 17, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. It takes two

    Or campaign lies like agreeing to campaign finance reform?

    November 17, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Dave, Central Illinois

    OK, normally I ignore truely moronic dribble. But, "Carl", your opinion that SouthPark humor is enlightening deserves a response. Where and how were you raised so that you think the locker-room, gutter, humor from that show offers "moral lessons"? What people find funny is their own business, but to insult others because they do not see the humor in that show shows that you are more of a SouthPark character than a viewer. Good God!!!!

    November 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. It takes two

    Or campaign lies like Ayers is just a guy in the neighborhood?

    November 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    It takes two November 17th, 2008 12:45 pm ET

    Campaign lies like McCain wanting to prolong the Iraq War for 100 years?
    Reality check:
    All politicians have lied, including Obama, both Clintons, both Bushes, McCain, Palin, all the way back to Nixon and beyond.

    It's like watching a basketball game and expecting nobody to ever commit a foul. It's an integral part of the game.

    The key is to do your fact checking, etc. and throw out the lies, and make your decision based on what's left.

    November 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. TM in Colorado

    This will be a great step in healing the division of our country.

    November 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Beyond talking points November 17th, 2008 12:44 pm ET

    When did John McCain show hate during the campaign?
    Even once? When?
    Most of the time he did it through Sarah Palin. She was the pit bull with lipstick. But to be fair about it, Joe Biden was the pit bull WITHOUT lipstick.

    Let's face it. What would politics be without hate? The reason we vote for any candidate is because we hate their opponent.

    November 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. mcr

    McCain may win after all because Obama has not been vetted yet, is not a natural born citizen of the U. S.

    November 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. karen raleigh

    Please keep the Clintons out.

    November 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Okay, everybody, let's hold a vote.

    How many of you think that South Park sucks?

    Now, how many of you think that South Park is a good show?

    Everybody keep your hands up so I can count.

    November 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Robert of Long Island

    Beyond talking points

    through Palin and all of their fanatics.

    calling him a terrorist, a marxist, a socialist.

    I would like to know if Mccain or Palin can describe what is socialist!

    November 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. mike

    They're Smiling in your face....Mccain has more "executive experience" than least he lead a military unit.

    TomT....did I say somewhere I don't accept the results of the election? Don't see it in my post. Where has Obama fallen on his face....because he had promised change and to rid washington of all the "insiders". Can you name me one person he has appointed whom is not an "insider"

    It is clear that Obama realizes he is in over his head....actually that is a good least he is recognizing this before it is too late like Bush.

    November 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Justin

    Hey Mike, On comment 174! Get over it! Obama is appointing people to his staff that have experience in there area of expertise. That is what a good leader does! Do you even know what an insider is? It does'nt sound loke it to me. Do your research first before you shoot your mouth off!

    November 17, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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