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McCain-Obama Meeting Set in Motion by Graham

Roberta McCain, mother of Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Lindsey Graham greeted supporters during a rally for McCain in Grand Junction, Colo. on Election Day. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

By Michael D. Shear
The upcoming meeting between President-elect Barack Obama and his onetime rival Sen. John McCain was set in motion during a phone call over the weekend between Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), McCain's closest friend.

In an interview Friday, Graham said that Obama requested the meeting during a 20-minute phone call that the South Carolina senator described as a "pleasant" discussion about how they could work together effectively.

"We just talked about the desire to find something meaningful to work on," Graham said. "He was very nice to me, said that he considered me a serious, reform-minded senator that he could do business with."

Graham said that Obama raised the idea of "sitting down in a serious way with Senator McCain ... where they can find common ground." The details of the meeting were worked out between Graham and Obama's new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

(Emanuel and Graham worked together during the campaign as the two debate negotiators.)

The campaign between McCain and Obama became nasty at the end, but Graham said the pair remain politically aligned on a number of key issues.

He said the energy package drafted by a bipartisan group of 10 senators, including himself, could easily serve as a model for cooperation with the Obama administration -- and something that McCain could help lead on.

Graham said that McCain and Obama are philosophically alike on budget reform, Social Security changes, earmark reform and immigration.

"If the administration wants to move forward with immigration again, I stand ready to do that," Graham said.

Aides to Obama said the meeting with McCain is likely to be a broad discussion about those issues where the two men agree.

One thing not expected to be on the agenda: a rehash of the sometimes not-so-nice things said on the campaign trail. Those close to both men say they have moved on and are focused on the future.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 14, 2008; 1:11 PM ET
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sen mccain ,sen graham should work with pres elect as they have before in senate to finally solve immigration reform issue asap.

Posted by: zain101 | November 17, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

(Biden's mom is much cuter than McCain's, although McCain's mom is adorable.)

So anyway, this "meeting McCain" thing is a real stomach ache for many who worked like dogs (locally) getting Obama elected. He hasn't even taken office yet, that's still weeks away. There needs to be HUGE public clarification of why he would be meeting with McCain as an early, "major move" in his transition. Please, Mr. Obama, no more Bush arrogance, no "I am the Decider and it's none of the people's business what I decide, unless I choose to let them know." I think Obama will have that tendency, and while his "arrogance" is probably benign, not malignant and deadly like the Bush/Cheney arrogance, he needs to remember that the People are hyper-aware of presidential arrogance after the mass destruction, the hell on earth, we've been through under the crushing heel of his predecessor, who is still in power, by the way.

Obama, unlike a pale-eyed, rosy-bottomed white president, has to kiss enemy bootay just to get his administration going--I guess I realize that--but I still resent it. If he goes too far, say gives McCain power, keeps Muckasey, and Lieberman stays on as chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Oversight, it won't really help him with the people who hate him, and it sure won't endear him to his 2008 base for the battle of 2012.

It is awfully early for talking this way, for being forced to feel this way. Wish things were nicer all over. They aren't. Lieberman has to be dealt with. Swiftly dealing with Leiberman would go thousands of miles toward mollifying millions of voters like me.

I'm worn out, tired of feeling sicker, more horrified by the day, for 8 years.

Most of us were looking forward to how great it was going to be to see where great people like Governor Richardson would land in this administration. Not how our president-elect might engage McCain as co-leader on likeminded issues. First things first. No? OK, then. I'll go back to breath-holding, as before November 4. Really weary of it though.

Posted by: carly_corday | November 15, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

ubicomp wrote: buzzm1, I think some American Indian tribes should lobby the same thing for you familial line! Get stuffed, you racist xenophobe.


ubicomp, illegals aren't a race; illegals have absolutely no right to be in our country. They have to go!!

Adios illegales, don't let the door hit you in the *ss on the way out.

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 14, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse




Southwest Border Patrol Sector Apprehensions (Source DHS/CBP)
Fiscal Year-------------2005---------2006---------2007-------2008 (ends 9/30)
San Diego------------126,879-----142,104---- 152,460--- 162,390
El Centro--------------55,725-------61,465----- 55,883----- 40,961
Yuma-----------------138,492-----118,549----- 37,992------ 8,363*
Tucson --------------439,053-----392,074---- 378,239--- 317,696
El Paso---------------122,624-----122,256----- 75,464----- 30,312
Marfa ------------------10,532--------7,520------- 5,536------ 5,391
Del Rio -----------------68,547------42,636----- 22,920----- 20,761
Laredo -----------------75,268------74,840----- 56,714------43,658
Rio Grande Valley --134,136----110,528------ 73,430----- 75,473

*The Yuma Sector presently has a total of 94 miles of fencing. The difference is apparent.

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 14, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

buzzm1, I think some American Indian tribes should lobby the same thing for you familial line! Get stuffed, you racist xenophobe.

Posted by: ubicomp | November 14, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse


1993--1,327,259------2001--1,266,213------2009----(beginning 10/01)

FACT: In the last 22 years, over 26 million illegals, have been apprehended, after crossing the border, into our United States.

THE PROBLEM IS: Less than 1, out of 4 illegals, are estimated to have been apprehended.

Mind boggling, isn't it.

According to the U.S. Immigration Service another 6 million illegals in this country are visa overstays. That is, they got a visa legally in their home country, they came here to visit and then they never left.

In the last 22 years, there have been another 4 million anchor babies born to illegals. Anchor babies are now being born at a rate of 350-400 thousand per year in our United States. All at our expense!!

Then the ANCHOR BABIES qualify for welfare, food stamps, section-8 housing, all at our expense.

American Taxpayers are getting screwed, over, and over, and over, again!!!

Each illegal immigrant, on average, costs taxpayers $9,000 PER YEAR, over, and above, anything they might contribute in taxes!!!

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 14, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse




#1. Make Illegal Entry a Felony Permanently Barring Citizenship
#2. Secure Our Borders with our National Guard!!!
#3. Mandate E-Verify for ALL Employees!!!
#4. Cut Off ALL Public Assistance to Illegals and Their Children!!!
#5. Stop the Underground Economy!!!
#6. End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals!!!
......and make it retroactive!!!
#7. End Chain Migration!!!
#8. Make English our Official Language!!!
#9. Cut Off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities!!


Posted by: buzzm1 | November 14, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

During the Obama-McCain debates, immigration wasn't mentioned once. Now all of a sudden, immigration reform is at the top of the list and Obama isn't even president yet. Since Obama stated during the primaries that he is in favor of illegal immigrants being able to obtain driver's licenses, I can assume that he will be soft on immigration.

Republicans=welfare for the rich

Democrats=welfare for the poor

Either way, more taxes for the middleclass

Posted by: samebs | November 14, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

We voted decisively for change. So be nice to the republicans, but don't let them deter us from fixing the mess they made.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 14, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

One comment... you can darn well bet that if McCain had won, he wouldn't be taking any phone calls from "that strange guy who pals around with unrepentant terrorists."

Why is it that Republicans get to be righteous zealots, and we Dems have to be magnanimous centrists? I guess the answer to that lies in who won the election.

Posted by: ubicomp | November 14, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: scrivener50 | November 14, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Lindsey Graham is a partisan pud.... period. He was instrumental in the impeachment of Clinton.... using it to put himself in the Senate. He represents what is left of the Southern racists.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 14, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"44" POSTERS BEWARE: More Signs of 'Big Brother' Censorship

• "Prior restraint" imposed on WaPo blogs


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 14, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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