Setting Aside Rivalry, Obama to Meet with McCain
By Michael A. Fletcher
President-elect Barack Obama, continuing his efforts to reach out to former rivals as he plans his transition, is scheduled to meet today with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whom he defeated in the Nov. 4 presidential election, in downtown Chicago.
Joining the two in the meeting in Obama's Chicago transition office will be Obama's chief of staff, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), a close friend of McCain's.
While Obama and McCain clashed on a host of issues during the hard-fought election campaign, they also agreed on others, including the urgency of combating climate change and the importance of working across the partisan divide.
Obama reemphasized that point when discussing the nation's problems during an interview with "60 Minutes" broadcast last night. While notng the need for a large infusion of government spending to get the economy going, he also paid tribute to free markets.
"I think our basic principle that this is a free market system -- and that that has worked for us, that it creates innovation and risk taking -- I think that's a principle that we've got to hold to as well," he said. "But what I don't want to do is get bottled up in a lot of ideology and 'Is this conservative or liberal?' My interest is finding something that works."
Posted at 8:53 AM ET on Nov 17, 2008
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