August 16th, 2008
09:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Crowley: McCain seems to be winning over the crowd

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - McCain seems to be doing well if you judge by the crowd. Asked about his most gut-wrenching decision, he talked about refusing the Viet Cong's offer to release him from captivity out of order (the one who had been there the longest is supposed to be released first.) McCain, offered release because he was the son of an Admiral, said no. He just called it the most gut-wrenching but best decision he ever made.


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  1. Kris a Dem from MCcain land

    MCcain is a patriot and admire him for his courage through that terrible time. Good man MCcain. I mean that. However, You are just a man of yesterday "my friend". Not a man of today that Americans so desperatly need.

    August 16, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. J KALVELAGE

    IF YOU ARE IN A BATTLE FOR YOUR LIFE AND CAN ONLY HAVE ONE OTHER PERSON ON YOUR SIDE;BARACK OR JOHN WHO WOULD YOU WANT ?

    August 16, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Arkansas Undertaker

    Candy Crowley

    I am very surprised at you. McCain is winning the crowd because it is his crowd! EVANGELICALS= Religious right winged nut jobs.

    I am an Obama supporter and I feel like he was very genuine and spoke from his heart and not his stump speeches.

    MCain speaks of too much WAR and too many outrageous ideas. We have had 8 years of G.W. Bush and we have had enough of Republicans destroying America!

    August 16, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Jenell - Alabama

    McCain War Stories are not going to help my family.

    August 16, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Judy Mitzel

    McCain was full of war stories that was just not called for nor smart! He is just more of Bush and proved it tonight. I cannot America is so easily impressed by this joker. He avoided the real issues and comes out like he is shooting someone can he even raise his arms above his elbows? oh yea that is proably another war story this guy is a pervert!

    August 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Bill

    Obama Failed tonight in this discussion! McCain has our vote

    August 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. Cupper

    All McCain could talk about was the past.

    But the flock sure did lap that stuff up.

    Stories of Vietnam and Reagan and Lebenon…just amazing.

    No Vision. Just clueless and out of touch. Here is some McCain judgment for you:

    “We’re not going to get into house-to-house fighting in Baghdad. We may have to take out buildings, but we’re not going to have a bloodletting of trading American bodies for Iraqi bodies.” McCain-[CNN, 9/29/02]

    “But the point is that, one, we will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” McCain[MSNBC, 1/22/03]

    OK. I've seen enough.

    -Cupper

    August 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. Jim

    Its about character.

    August 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Jake

    McCain wins conservative evangelicals... another news flash courtesy of CNN...

    August 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. Michele

    What about the three wisest people question?? That was very revealing. I am President Mc Cain and have lived seven decades...I have a deep question that I am wrestling with...maybe about how we feed the country's poor, or how we save the natural resources that God has provide us with...who should I call for counsel??? General Petraeus!! or the lady who started Ebay...yeah that's it!!

    August 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Every Wilson

    John McCain was on his game, he was irreconcilible on every issue, uncompromising, thuwart, conventional, alienistic, hard, symbol of the old guard, partisan, old politics, old washington, old way of thinking, nonfuturistic in thinking and nonintrusive as usual. But, he wants Americans to believe, he is diplomatic, a communicator, thinker, non-partisan, compromiser, thoughtful and caring. He is dangerous for America and the World! As a leader whose idol is Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt Whose big stick, cowboy policies helped to shape republican ideology, I am strongly concerned that if he is elected, their will be less diplomacy and numerous Wars and conflicts around he'll draw America into, to support their political platform. We have that already with George Bush, and our country is reeling due to supreme egotistical, arrogant, lone ranger mentality. He was just singing to the choir today! Like a preacher preaching salvation to those already saved!

    August 16, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. Nicolette

    Tonight was a staged set-up for McCain. He said everything the conservatives wanted to hear. That crowd was for McCain. McCain is completely one sided and unreasonable. Obama is what this country needs, because these issues, they are gray areas. The whole country is not a country of just evangelicals, and McCain, as well as the evangelicals, NEED TO GET THAT THROUGH THEIR THICK SKULLS!

    August 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Denise

    Of course he won over the crowd! The OC, unlike L.A. County is conservative. McCain was with his base.

    August 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Marie in California

    McCain has depth, experience, substance and the wisdom of experience. Obama does not....but he has intelligence and good intentions. Nice. But not enough to run our country.

    McCain – 2008

    August 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. Shawn R

    WE CAN'T MAKE THE PRESIDENCY A PURPLE HEART FOR JOHN MCCAIN.

    I'd say his biggest moral failure is that he doesn't know how to be president. It's more than apparent that McCain has one focus, His military power. I served in the Marine Corps and my heart goes out to McCain for his time spent in a POW camp but the fact is, every time he was asked a question his only answer was "Back when I was a POW..." I mean how much more "This one time in band camp" can you get? WE MUST NOT ELECT SOMEONE BECAUSE WE FEEL SYMPATHY FOR THEM. We must elect someone to run this nation. WE CAN'T MAKE THE PRESIDENCY A PURPLE HEART FOR JOHN MCCAIN. It seems a lot of focus of his attentions is on his capture in Vietnam. We need a leader that looks to the future and the only one I see that is doing that is Obama.

    August 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Patty Independent

    Remember Hilary's ad where its 2 am and the White House situation room is calling about an emergency? In the commercial it asks who do you want answering the phone? Its clear that our country's enemies do not want McCain to answer the phone. After watching this event, I do want John McCain to be the one to answer the phone!

    August 16, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain needs to win over the military people serving in Iraq that don't support him. This is just a bunch of crap.

    August 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. Avee----Richmond, VA

    How many times is he going to tell this story? The man is 71 years old and that is the only "gut wrenching" decision he ever made? How leaving your first wife, how gut wrenching was that? Not to much since you did it.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. bison

    Why wasn't leaving his wife the most gut wrenching decision?

    August 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. Chuck

    Sen . McCain did seem to get a better reception from the audience than Sen. Obama did. But given the recent history of evangelical politics, I guess we shouldn't be too surprised. I think overall both candidates did well. Sen. Obama's answers could have been more direct, but I think he was able to present views that ran counter to those of most of the crowd without being offensive. Sen McCain initially gave more direct answers, but then seemed to fall back on his scripted stump speeches and anecdotes.

    August 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  21. Wendy

    Obama was clearly more honest. The crowd was loaded.

    August 16, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Karen-phoenix

    War stories. Obama answered all the questions in a humanitarian way. Obama really cares about the American people and what can be done to help them! We do not need anymore wars. McCain was very narcistic and Obama even talked about helping women who are facing abortions and giving them alternative. If we go backwards we will have women being butchered in back alleys again. McCain seemed angry and ready to blow his stack.

    August 16, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. R U SERIOUS?

    Winning a crowd of evangelicals..McCain...Really? ...who writes this drivel

    August 16, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. Every Wilson

    John McCain was on his game, he was irreconcilible on every issue, uncompromising, thuwart, conventional, alienistic, hard, symbol of the old guard, partisan, old politics, old washington, old way of thinking, nonfuturistic in thinking and nonintrusive as usual. But, he wants Americans to believe, he is diplomatic, a communicator, thinker, non-partisan, compromiser, thoughtful and caring. He is dangerous for America and the World! As a leader whose idol is Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt Whose big stick, cowboy policies helped to shape republican ideology, I am strongly concerned that if he is elected, their will be less diplomacy and numerous Wars and conflicts around he'll draw America into, to support their political platform. We have that already with George Bush, and our country is reeling due to supreme egotistical, arrogant, lone ranger mentality. The hundreds of hours of rehearsal paid off for McCain today, he did a George Bush on America again today! When will we wake up! Look like its back to the future again! Will we ever learn! Will this country ever begin to realize World War III will happen when we have leaders wh are ardent uncompromising agents their ideology who will forcefully succuumb every country in the world if possible to our countries detriment.

    August 16, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. Kris K from CA

    I am sick of hearing about McCain's Vietnam experience. We need some one in the White House that people like and can see the BIG picture- the whole picture....that is Obama. He has a clear understanding of what needs to be done in AMerica now. He is current and up-to-date. McCain is 20 maybe 30 years ago. That is the difference.Young people need to come out and vote. McCain is out of touch and out dated in his thinking.

    August 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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