August 14th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
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Pastor: Not going to play 'gotcha' with McCain, Obama

The Rev. Rick Warren appears on The Situation Room Thursday
The Rev. Rick Warren appears on The Situation Room Thursday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rev. Rick Warren said Thursday that his upcoming forum with Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama will be aimed at asking them tough "heartland questions."

The author of the best-selling book "The Purpose-Driven Life" is to interview McCain and Obama on Saturday.

The candidates will appear together at Warren's 20,000-member Saddleback mega-church in southern California.

"Well, I'm a pastor, not a pundit," he told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux on Thursday's "Situation Room." "One of the things we're going to do is I'm going to ask identical questions to both candidates, which will be different.

"I'm not going to play 'gotcha' with one candidate and not with the other. This way, it will be totally fair. You compare apples to apples," he added.

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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Thank the lord!

    Someone with a clear head on their shoulders it sounds like, unlike the bs gotcha tabloid journalism we see so often.

    August 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. CW, PSL

    Chest-thumping, irrational, bumbling, confused, hostile, lobbyist-infested war mongers make the bestest, awesomest presidents ever!

    August 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    Riiiiight..... like Republicans Don't already believe that they have the Market Cornered on Religion and The Military.... Why is it hard to believe that other political parties can love God?

    -V

    August 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Independent Voter

    This has to be the most ridiculous forum for these two candidates to engage in. Who cares what the evangelicals think? This America, remember? Separation of church and state. Duh.

    It gives Obama the chance to look as Christian as he can, and it gives McCain a chance to sound evangelical.

    BOOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGGGGGG.

    August 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Abby

    I like his approach but though I am a Christian, I don’t think this is appropriate unless they are going to grant a similar forum to a Jewish Synagogue, a Muslim Mosque, and a Hindu Temple etc.

    August 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Mike

    Yeah, and McBush will pander to the Christian voters and play up his anti abortion stance which is a pander itself. Many Christians will fall for his Conservative mantra despite the fact that McBush is a bitter, angry,adulterous athiest. Shame. This is one election where voting for the Liberal will mean voting for the man who truly has a relationship with his Savoir Jesus Christ.

    August 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. NotFallingInLine.org

    If he really does this, it would be the first time someone in his position played fair.

    August 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Rob

    Excellent. I hope they follow this plan. It's time the games stop and the honest discussion of issues begins. They are playing with our collective future.

    August 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Randy Scheunemann

    Why is the story about Randy Scheunemann and the Georgia payoffs not front and center today? Sounds like McCain is still up to his old Keating tricks. He's puppet for the lobbyist with the biggest pocket book. They are already lining up outside his door.

    August 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. jen

    I hope Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolis watch and learn in case they are ever allowed to hold another debate.

    Obama/Hagel 2008

    August 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There is just too much religious publicity playing in this election and it is becoming difficult for me to understand what God's teaching are vs. mans personal gains.

    August 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Denise

    I admire Rick Warren. I think he will be fair and honest. He is reputable as far as I am concerned

    August 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. MikeH

    We'll see. This should be interesting, watch out for the blind side blow and make sure security is tight, wouldn't any religious fanatics trying anything.

    August 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Caryn, Washington DC

    It's sad that we need a minister to step in when our "journalists" are doing their jobs.

    August 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Griff

    Past-or. Today... Garbage... Freeloader... Bloodsucker... Leach??
    Use your own words! But his Guy is a None-Productive: Entity...
    They keep crawling out from Drains... They have never done one decent day's work in their life...

    August 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. jim

    I will support Obama once I know Clinton will NOT be his running mate. If not McCain 2008, here I come.

    August 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. MikeH

    We'll see. This should be interesting, watch out for the blind side blow and make sure security is tight, wouldn't want any religious fanatics trying anything.

    August 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Rise America Rise

    Barack Obama will mop up the floor with John McCain, count on it!

    From what I read on these forums, Hillary's supporters felt strongly her name should be put in nomination, yet from what I read in these tickers when she loses again they will not feel satisfied, so what's the point?

    August 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Sean

    Oh no, a religious person asking McCain questions? This could be a very interesting moment for evangelicals and "family values" voters unless McCain is visited by an angel between now and Saturday morning and tutored on making the types of coy Biblical references Obama is known for. While I'm no Christian, I appreciate a person of faith when I see one and I can appreciate that Obama's faith is very important to him.

    August 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. ERIN of Davis CA

    yeah....right...

    August 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. JD in Moraga, CA

    Yawn. Another megalomaniac-church mini-messiah. The fact that he feels he needs to "play 'gotcha'" with either candidate says something about his personal integrity.

    August 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. PELOSI SUCKS

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MAKE SURE YOU KEEP BO IN A SOUND PROOF BOOTH SO HE CANNOT COPY MCCAINS ANSWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. fella from Chicago

    This is just the first of many forums and debates for Mr. Celebrity to squirm. Will Wright and Pfleger be in the audience to prompt him with answers? You're out of your environment, Barack. This isn't a church on the south side of Chicago. Please explain to the good Rev. Warren why you can't or won't put the Muslim issue to rest. Produce the Christian documents!!! Where's the certificate of baptisim?

    August 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. dollorbil

    What does this guy got to do with anything? Does he have any type of knowledge about the economy,foreign policy, or any idea on how to run the country?

    August 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. JJ

    Glad to see (and hear) that he will be objective. That will be refreshing! :-)

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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