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November 17th, 2008
05:49 PM ET

Behind the scenes at the Obama-McCain meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/17/obama.meeting.sidebar/art.obamamccainmtg.ap.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama meet Monday in Chicago, Illinois."]
Ed Henry
CNN White House Correspondent

Beyond the written statement with all the happy talk, one senior Obama transition official said the President-elect and Senator McCain also discussed a couple of hot-button issues – closing Gitmo and reforming the immigration system.

The official said that while the two men are in “broad agreement” about the need to shut the military prison down, they are still a long way from figuring out the details on how to implement it. But the official said this is one of many issues where the Obama team is “very pleased” that McCain is showing a willingness to work with the incoming President.

On immigration, the official acknowledged they didn’t get too far into the details and it’s a longshot they can get reform next year but they were pleased by how the meeting featured a lot of “very cooperative” promises.

The official said the other issues discussed included a “whole series of reform issues” ranging from McCain’s favorite – earmark reform – to even defense procurement issues.

The official jokingly added there was “no fistfight” as they largely steered clear of issues of disagreement from the campaign


Filed under: Barack Obama • Ed Henry • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Once again, President-elect Obama shows his grace and wisdom. He is obviously a leader that will listen to opposing views, even from his former opponent...... that is refreshing!

    November 17, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  2. Joe Bachana

    I hope that Obama and McCain see a clear way to involving the latter in the Cabinet - or minimally, on reform initiatives. John McCain is in a powerful position to help heal the wounds of Republicans and Democrats bashing each other these past 16 years, at the great loss of the American people.

    I am rooting for BOTH men, particularly John McCain's better nature to emerge again. He is a true American hero and I believe that he has it in him.

    November 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  3. Cindy

    I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the room with Obama and McCain during their meeting! I figured that they'd stay away from the things that they disagree on and just stick to what they have in common, especially seeing that this was their first big meeting after the election.

    In the future we can expect to see some fist-a-cuffs between the two I am sure!

    Cindy...Ga.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |