President-elect Barack Obama says he and his former campaign rival Republican Sen. John McCain plan to work together to "fix up the country."
The two men met in Obama's transition office Monday in Chicago. It was their first meeting since Obama won the election on Nov. 4.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's incoming White House chief of staff, also attended the meeting, as did McCain's close friend, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. Obama's transition team did not release any details of what was discussed in the meeting.
Before the meeting, Obama told reporters that he and McCain were "just gonna have a good conversation about how we can do some work together to fix up the country."
He add that he would also "offer thanks to Sen. McCain for the outstanding service he's already rendered."
When asked if he planned to help the Obama administration, McCain replied, "obviously."
During his concession speech, Sen. McCain said he would pledge his full cooperation with the next President of the United States.
Both men disagree on several policies, such as drilling and coal. But the two have similar philosophies ib the need for world action on climate change.
They also see eye-to-eye on the need for immigration reform. Both have supported a pathway to citizenship.
Obama Interviewed on 60 Minutes
In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday, Obama gave little insight into his thinking on appointments, saying only his first Cabinet selection would be announced "soon."
"I've been spending a lot of time reading Lincoln. There is a wisdom there and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful," Obama told CBS News' Steve Kroft.
"Put a lot of his political enemies in his cabinet," Kroft responded, prompting Obama to smile and say, "He did."
"Is that something you're considering?" Kroft asked.
Pundits have speculated whether Obama would select McCain or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for a post in his administration. He has already had talks with Clinton about a possible appointment as Secretary of State.
Obama said she is "somebody who I needed advice and counsel from."
"She is one of the most thoughtful public officials that we have. Beyond that, you're not getting anything out of me Steve," he said.
He also reiterated that he will appoint Republicans to his Cabinet.
Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times