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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
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