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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  1. Anonymous

    If this is the case, and he can ask POLICY questions, I'm all for it. We don't need questions on Wright, McCain's POW experience, Clinton, VPs, or either of their wives.

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. BJGT

    Whatever happened to separation of church and state?

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. just a guy named Al

    If you ask a question that both can answer, try something like this. Gentleman, name atleast one notable acomplishment namely, legislation that you sponsored that has made life for the common citzen better now than when you first entered the national politics, on both the domestic level, and where do you want to take America on the international scene. Please be as specific as possible. Thankyou
    :-)

    August 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. California Gold

    McCain will talk himself into a corner and he won't need any help to look like a fool.

    No "gotcha" required.

    August 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Scary Reality

    Why the candidates even agreed to this is beyond me. This would be like opening up a forum specifically for gays or muslims only. The candidates are not supposed to represent the religious WRONG...they are to represent the people!

    Evangicals need to leave the rest of us alone. We don't need your opinions influencing the coarse of our government. You do not represent my beliefs!!

    August 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. rice, bryan

    now if this is going to take place in a church, and this isn't going to be one those witch hunts, how can it be equal. the republicans think they own the name church, and to republicans a democrat can not believe in god. and with the rumors going around that obama is the antichrist, with this interview taking place in a church this is going to be fair. doesn't mccain have to keep tabs on the oil in georgia? how he can have time to do this interview, and put the russians in thier place? mccain has forgotten about breaking any one of the 10 commandments, especially about cheating on your wife. and being money hungry, i guess he hasn't read. a rich man has about as much chance getting into heaven, than a camel fitting through the eye of a needle.

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Danel

    Rick Warren was instrumental in introducing Obama to his Saddle-back Church early in his campaign when nobody even just to mention Obama's name caused condemnation to some evangelicals. Rick Warren stands tall. Thank you Pastor Warren.

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Joe Kiloz

    Good going pastor, you've managed what the media can't accomplish.

    It's amazing that the coward Obama won't agree to more debates.

    He is hiding/staying away from the public light.

    Looks like crash and burn aversion.

    To see how John McCain is doing, visit his daughter's blog site

    McCainblogette.com Very interesting the contrast of what the

    media reports and what's actually been happening.

    August 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Scary Reality

    Whoops! Correction there.. don't want to sound like an uneducated, old Hillary supporter. :)

    ...Evangicals need to leave the rest of us alone. We don't need your opinions influencing the COURSE of our government....

    August 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Richard O. Barstow

    Why was this scheduled during Primetime coverage of the Olympics?

    This should have been scheduled before the Olympics for reaching the maximum audiience.

    August 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Rick Warren wrote the one of the best books of all time.

    August 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Scary Reality

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

    ----------------

    You are as bad as us PUMAs. Welcome!!!

    August 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. claudiamairburney

    Well, Rev. Warren is not Pat Robertson and he's no Fallwell...so I believe he is moderate enough to host this town hall meeting...he should be able to ask questions on social issues from ground zero...

    August 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Vote Nader

    He didn't say he wasn't going to play "gotcha" with either candidate. He said he wouldn't play it with one and not the other. Two different things. Might want to change your headline. (looks like I 'gotcha')

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Barry Soetoro

    JD in Moraga, CA

    Did you read the article?

    It's no wonder you're voting for the Obama.... Megalomaniac-Mini-Cult

    August 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Republican for Obama

    JD in Moraga, CA:

    He said : "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.

    Reading comprehension for the win!

    August 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Shari, NY

    JD – The article states that he is NOT going to "play 'gotcha". In other words he is going to be fair and square. And, by the way, it is about time we all realize that the media concocts headlines to attract attention. Most of the time the words which are used do not come from the candidates themselves.

    August 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. David

    I hope so.McCain declares us all Georgians, flys around in his Staight talk express goes to Canada and Mexico and Colombia and acts as if he were the President and not one word. Obama does the exact thing except in different countries and is defamed and ridiculed why? So just be fair this one time.

    August 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. McBride, SLC, UT

    And that is all we have seen is gotcha politics and it is going on and on. We have very few Journalists willing who will go after the truth, but they have no problem to help spread smear and the Inuendos put out there by so many of the hate spewers. These are some crazy times, and the people of this country better wake up and realize how this is affecting the political process and elections! People need to stop listening to this and driving the ratings up for these news organizations if you really can call them that anymore. Tabloid news, or entertainment tonight is more like it.

    August 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. ObamaLied.com

    Should be interesting to watch this. Is it a debate or is it just a meeting? Gonna be a great chance to watch McCain attack Obama. He will crumble under pressure without scripted responses.

    August 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Kevin, Austin TX

    Funny, (well not that funny, but actually sad and commonplace), but the headline says one thing, and the story the complete opposite.

    When I read the headline "Pastor: Not going to play 'gotcha' with McCain, Obama." I thought, well that's refreshing. I'm encouraged.

    Then I read his quote: ""I'm not going to play 'gotcha' with one candidate and not with the other. This way, it will be totally fair."

    So really, he's going to play 'gotcha' with both candidates.

    How disappointing, in both the pastor and CNN for their very poor headline writing skills.

    August 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Rob Johnson

    JD, the whole point of Warren's comments was that he would NOT be playing gotcha with either candidate. I'm genuinely mystified as to how you could miss that.

    I'm no fan of "megalomaniac-church mini-messiahs" myself, but if you're going to criticize something the man said, at least read it first.

    August 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. ben

    I think it is good that Obama is not writing off the evangelical vote. He is showing some huevos doing this forum.

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    What religion is McCain? Does he even attend church?

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. KenB, MI

    I should have logged my wifey out before posting...anywho to state again...I think the Rev. will host an unbiased program and address issues from ground zero...issues concerning america's citizens and the world...

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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