August 16th, 2008
09:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Crowley: McCain tackles a question Obama dodged

McCain was direct where Obama went for subtlety.
McCain was direct where Obama went for subtlety.

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - Huge applause when John McCain answers the question Barack Obama wouldn't: when does a baby get human rights? McCain is clear: from the moment of conception.

McCain hints at approval for civil unions - but doesn't go that far, just says his opposition to same-sex marriage doesn't mean people couldn't "enter into agreements." Obama flat-out supported the idea.

McCain agrees with Obama that evil exists in the world. But these two men are so different - Obama is lyrical. McCain is staccato.


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  1. DK

    The question was padded as an easy answer for McCain. It wasn't fair and shouldn't have been asked. When do we get a full on liberal moderator to ask McCain the hard questions?

    August 16, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    McCain shot down Tom Ridge as a potential VP running mate with the moment of conception answer. McCain is moving more "Christian right."

    August 16, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Ken Hacker

    If John McCain does not know that studying DNA of animals is imporant to science, he knows nothing about science.

    August 16, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. tx independent

    I don't see any substance from McCain, it's nice to to kinda know his position same sex marriage, he wants everybody to be rich, etc but no real data

    August 16, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. scott

    I think Obama's answer more nuanced than dodged. Id McCain reading his stump speech?

    August 16, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Comment...

    Staccato – means disconnected or all over the place.

    August 16, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. brent

    Defeat evil=More war

    August 16, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Ed Viscius

    I can't listen to McCain any more. When asked to define "rich", McCain goes on the stump. Great – lets spend spend spend on a war, but not pay for it. How will this debt be paid???? Taxes support the national expenditures, but McCain wants to lower taxes. I can't listen to this guy any more......

    August 16, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. Ike

    I don't doubt that McCain is a good man. But that fact that all issues have so many shades of gray, and McCain never digs into any details fears me into no end. We already have a President that cannot fathom the complexities of the world. We cannot go down this road again.

    August 16, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Emanuel

    I'm so tired of Crowley and her anti-Obama view point. Obama's answers were so much for cerebral than Mccain's about issues regarding faith and political issues, while Mccain utters Reagan and gets thunderous applause in ORANGE COUNTY, one of the most conservative areas IN THE NATIOn. COuldn't they have placed the interview in a neutral setting?

    How many questions did Mccain dodge relating his POW stories??????

    August 16, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. ERIC, MN

    Is she kidding? Obama gave serious thought out answers to almost all of the questions. McCain just gave the answer he knew the audience wanted to hear. Just more typical negative spin against Obama.

    August 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. wow

    That's because you prepped Mccain very well. How many weeks did he get to study the questions prior to this show.....

    August 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. lovable liberal

    So, Candy (and your headline writer), McCain answered and Obama dodged, but then Obama answered and McCain dodged. Why does Obama's alleged dodge get the headline and the lead paragraph?

    August 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Comment...

    Obama did not dodge the question, he anwsered in away that is fair for both sides if the issue.

    August 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Angel

    This forum could be the best thing to happen for McCain!!!

    August 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. RyanD.

    Cute, McCain can give a stump speech.

    He got through all the questions and more in 40 minutes.

    Way to give "in-depth" answers, Mr. Soundbite.

    Obama 08'

    August 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Keith

    McCain doesn't need to spell it out for you. He opposes same-sex marriage and says people can "enter into agreements." What's so difficult about that? Interpret in as states rights... as did Obama

    August 16, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Andy

    This is a stunning victory for John McCain. Wow. And I was an Obama supporter until tonight!

    August 16, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Mary

    McCain the issues as "black and white." Obama sees the gray areas. That may account for McCain being concise on his answers. Obama wants to look at the issues from all angles.

    August 16, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Tom

    Great. When McCain is doing better than Obama, we hear that he's staccato (that's how you write it) and Obama is lyrical. Great, that's so objective.

    August 16, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. tim

    Good forum – McCain should stay off the stump speeches and answer the Pastor's questions as he asked both at the beginning

    August 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Bette Bosma

    McCain is turning Rick Warren's questions into a chance for political campaigning – no straightforward answers but sentimental stories or strong statements of his views beyond the intent of the question

    August 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Interested

    McCain is giving a stump speech with several references to war and creating an America versus the rest of the world. He mentioned radical Islam at least twice in the hour.

    August 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Sabreen60

    Geez, what bias !!!! Obama didn't DODGE the question. Why don't you go back and listen to what he said. Of course, I don't expect you to post this. But I'm sick and tired of the bias against Obama that CNN shows. It's as though you are trying to sway the election.

    August 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Susan

    I am completely amazed that John McCain has even bothered to show up. His answers are recycled statements from his campaign trail. Very short answers, no insight as to how he is coming up with these decisions. They could have just shown some video-taped answers.

    It's almost like he's giving "canned" answers that you would expect to give in a job interview.

    Obama is at least honest in giving unpopular answers. Of course the only honest ones he seems to be giving are the stories from his POW, how he must be so grateful that he has that experience to throw out every so often. It almost borders on the immodest. Most people who went to war, don't like to talk about it. Here's the guy reveling in the fact that he was a POW, and he wants to keep reminding people of that fact.

    August 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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