Obama, McCain Meet Monday to Bury the Ax

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Putting a divisive campaign season behind them, Sen. John McCain will meet with President-elect Barack Obama on Monday to help with Obama's transition to the White House.

Obama's transition office says the former rivals "will discuss ways to work together" to make government more "effective and efficient."

It will be the first meeting between the two former candidates since Obama beat McCain in the Nov. 4 election.

Click play for more on President-elect Obama's transition to power with Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt.

"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 spokesman Stephanie Cutter said Friday.

Cutter also said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a McCain confidant, and Democrat Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who will be Obama's White House chief of staff, will join the meeting to be held in Chicago.

Since the election, Obama has stuck to the bipartisan tone of his campaign. This week, he selected a Republican and a Democrat to represent him in a meeting with foreign dignitaries in Washington to be held this weekend.

McCain has made very few public appearances, since the election. This week, he joined Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show," and made a campaign stop in Georgia for Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who faces a runoff next month.

Source: The Associated Press

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