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. Pa Girl

    McCain didn't have to win over this crowd. This was a conservative, wealthy crowd. All McCain needed to do was show up, smile, tell some old tired war stories and tell the audience what they wanted to hear. His responses were folksy and simple-minded. I would like to have heard some answers with substance, not his tales of heroism. McCain's answer about abortion may win over some conservatives, but will not garner support from most independents. I did not know much about Rick Warren before tonight and certainly was not impressed by his questions and his lack of ability to keep McCain on message.

    August 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. GrandMa

    what crowed all rich white people

    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    They're Christians – with manners. They aren't rude and mean to anyone.

    August 16, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. are you serious?

    "McCain seems to be doing well if you judge by the crowd."

    My friends, That's because he's everyone's friend, my friend!

    You see... back in 'Nam, he was everyone's friend. He dumped his once stunningly beautiful wife, and kinda feels bad about it, but you see, my friends–they're still friends.

    August 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. checkpoint

    I think he heard the questions before hand.

    August 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Chris

    Crowley seems to be a sort of tool. McCain never wins a crowd over. He never seems to win anything. Are you sure you know what you're talking about?

    August 16, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Duane

    What was the political make-up of the crowd that attended the forum? How was the audience selected? An evangelical moderator in an evangelical church in a very conservative (Republican) county ... methinks the crowd was already pro-McCain. No real "winning over" unless you can survey the audience before and then after the forum...or that the crowd was truly "neutral" to begin with.

    August 17, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. Jeb

    Of course he won the crowd. The church is primarily made up of Republican supporters. Hold the same interview at a city university, and you would get a much different response.

    August 17, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. aware

    Again, faith lived out in life experience – not just words!

    Mccain 08! :)

    August 17, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. tedious898

    Yes...its all coming clear now Obama supporters. John McCain's suffering is the reason we should elect him to continue Bush's policies because he sacraficed more for this country than the "arrogant radical from chicago" Lord this country is doomed to being nothing more than a movie script. President John Rambo.

    August 17, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. keesa

    WIN OVER WHAT CROWD I WAS THERE AN HE DIDNT WIN ME OVER AT ALL TO ME MCCAIN SOUND LIKE HE WAS PANDERING AND GIVING US WHAT WE WANTED TO HEAR. THEN HE WAS TRYING TO PLAY ON MY SYMPATHY ABOUT HIS WAR STORIES HE MENTION THAT TO MANY TIMES LIKE AN ANGRY MAN AN I DONT LIKE THAT. I SEEN STRAIGHT THROUGH MCCAIN. IF HE HAVE THAT MUCH SYMPATHY WHY HE DONT HAVE THE SAME SYMPATHY FOR PEOPLE THATS SUFFERING WITH ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND OUR SOLDIERS THAT FIGHTING A WAR THATS WAS UNFARE. CNN YOU AINT FOOLING NOBODY JOHN MCCAIN MUST OF DID BAD BECAUSE WHY THEY HAVE TO HAVE SIX ARTICALS PRAISING MCCAIN I WAS A REPUBLICAN TURNING DEMOCRATE AFTER TONIGHT.

    August 17, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  12. CB

    Obama spoke from a personal faith base level and from his heart. John McWar did nothing but campaign and spoke of war and every answer.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. patrick

    Not sure what that had. to do with topic of forum, but OK, whatever.Whos to say another serviceman wouldve made the same decision?

    August 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  14. rose

    I am convinced that the real Candy was not at this forum!!! How can he be winning over a crowd that is already in his pocket? Explain that to me please. A room filled with Republicans being pandered to by another republican does not sound like much of a feat. On the positive side, Obama must have done well to get the applauses he did from the republican gathering!!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. Reality

    After the Vietnamese broke John McCain to renounce America, what else did they set in motion in him that will further harm our country?

    August 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. Vera Saeli

    I see no one has commented on this one. Perhaps because McCain didn't really HAVE to win? It's not too difficult to pander to the religious right. I wonder how he would have performed in a more liberal setting? Without knowing the questions first? For anyone who believes it's a conspiracy that he knew the questions, can you please answer how he knew to ask about the Supreme Court Justices when it wasn't yet asked? I haven't had a chance to watch the 'pundits' but has that been addressed? See, not ALL of the American public are dolts that want quick, scripted, stump speech answers. No matter HOW many pundits want to sway us that way!

    August 17, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. Kate/MA

    How about being truthful. This may have been a "most gut-wrenching but best decision he ever made" as he said. My question is, What about the confession he signed while a POW denouncing the USA?
    Wasn't that a gut-wrenching decision? Apparently not, even though it showed cowardness on his part and a slap in the face to all his fellow POWS'.
    He certainly is NOT WINNING OVER THE CROWD, Candy. He might if he were more truthful.

    August 17, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  18. Mike

    The evangelical crowd was predisposed to vote for the neo con, Republican guy who panders to the anti abortion stance. Obama was not in his element yet he was poised, honest and impressive. CNN most be owned by Exxon Mobil. I cannot believe the depth to which you guys suck up to MBush.

    August 17, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. LucieLee

    How can you win over a crowd that was already in your corner to begin with???

    August 17, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  20. Wisconsin

    Well he won over Candy Crowley's BIAS!

    August 17, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. Linda,Fl

    it is AMAZING, what a low intellect level has McBush.

    August 17, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. nelda

    The audience wasn't balanced. There were 2 Obama supporters who were forced to wear their t-shirts inside out. How balanced was that??

    August 17, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  23. ADAM

    COWRLEY IS GIVING MCSAME GOOD GREADS. COWRLEY THINKS MCSHAME IS GOING TO LEAVE HIS WIFE FOR HER. OH YEA HE DID IT BEFORE HE CAN DO IT AGAN.

    August 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  24. Carl from MI

    These questions were lobbed-in softballs!!!!!!!! Let's see how McCain does on the fast-pitched, hardball questions that he DOESN'T have in advance. Then we'll know the truth of the matter.

    McCain can't talk about anything other than GOP talking points. It was the same 'politics-as-usual' that GWB uses.... another reason why he has earned the name 'McBush'!!

    And Candy... can you be any more OBVIOUS about which candidate you favor and are going to vote for? Whatever happened to objective reporting? Somebody should have gotten you a baby's bib to soak up all that drooling you did over McCain tonight. You're on the wrong network... Fox News called and said you've earned your 'fair and balanced' stripes!!!

    August 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  25. Fair

    No wonder he was winning over a crowd that is already mostly conservative in nature.

    August 17, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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