August 16th, 2008
09:31 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. SAM

    How do you defeat evil...only GOD can do that because he is the one who creates it.

    August 16, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. carla

    Can I ask who Candy Crowley is?

    She seems slavish in her heaping of praise upon McCain vs. a critically independent view.

    August 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. Obama Girl

    I did not like this at all. The Paster stated from the start, "don't use your Stomp Speech," and McCain did it any way. Why did he just say, I* messed up, I cheated on my 1st wife!!!" The way I see it, McCain just stated what the audiance wanted to hear, just to get applause from the growd. This was another Media Blunder!!! I'm still hanging with Obama!

    August 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Ratgurl

    It was a question that only God has the right to answer.

    August 16, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. cal

    what are you kidding me? mccain was reading his stump speech all night, to a pro-republican audience.

    the only way mccain could have messed things up is if he fell off the stage.

    August 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Obama Girl

    I'm a Vet, and for McCain to use his time being a POW as a Political issue is appauling, he makes me sick. I have a family member that was a POW. He wouldn't dare use it to get "political points!"

    Shame on you McCain!!

    August 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. Copperfield

    And I was half expecting McCain to break into an Arnold Swarchenegger impression: "Defeat evil, den get to da choppa!"

    Really, how is it that such a "pro-life" audience will base it's desicion on abortions and turn the other cheek to warmongering?

    August 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Ray from NC

    To Andy,

    LOL good try. Very convincing

    August 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Nya

    The question wasn't padded! That's like saying is a Big Mac Healthy....NO... Oh the question was padded!!! Give me a break.

    August 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Debby

    Obama was horrid tonight. To many teleprompters when preaching at rallies. I be Axlerod was cringing.

    August 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. Renato Costa

    I had the very strong impression that Obama spoke from the hart with answers as honest and logical as possible, while McCain's answers seemed learned and pre-programmed, as if they were not from his personal opinion but just what this specific audience wanted to hear.

    August 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Anne

    I'm not McCain's friend. What a phony.

    Barack 08

    August 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Dre

    Why is it that everything he answered had to be about war?

    August 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. cas

    That is the kind of the president I want, someone who takes a stand on what he believes in and can tell you like it is! Go McCain!

    August 16, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Vigla


    No one flips their support because of a "forum". You are either dumb as a rocks or a Republican troll. Go back to the crypt that houses the RNC...

    August 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. Generation X

    Candy, how do you define rich? Can you tell us who dodged that question? And whiel at it, why not mention the many questions McCain dodged? I hate unbalanced news reporting.

    August 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. Howard Howle

    Very good John, you are correct, honest, and reliable enough to run our country......give Obama a boot in the rear-end....

    August 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. isis dagmar

    Obama dodged the question because he said that while he wants to make abortions rarer, he thinks that woman should have the right to have one?

    So everything has to be black and white, otherwise you're "dodging"?

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

    Can someone not voting MCCain write an article. Obama did much better than MCcain, he left room to work with both sides and he wasn't bull headed like bush and mccain are.

    August 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Democrat for McCain

    HAHAHA!!!! So funny to see the Obamabots whine like the PUMAS. McCain won, Obama lost-end of story. Now on to the conventions!
    Jenn, SpringfieldMA

    August 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Vgirl1

    Obama did not dodge this question! He answered it fairly and honestly as he saw it. For Crowley to suggest he dodged the question reflects Crowley's bias to the candidates. The pundits like Crowley need to keep their opinions out of the discussion and report only on the facts. To do otherwise is definitely to be biased

    Opinons are not welcome and responsible in this situation. The facts only should be reported and the voters left to decide for themselves who answered what.

    Ms. Crowley, you are out of line here and have over stepped your journalistic responsiblity!

    August 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Dollar Bill

    I think when all the campaigning is over, real americans interested in real change for this country will see that Obama is the right man for the job. McCain's time has come and gone, the days of the career politician is coming to and end

    August 16, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. Alan Boyer

    I think John McCain had an ear piece that allowed him to hear Obama's interview

    August 16, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  24. bison

    McCain gave the talking points of the right–'life begins at conception' –'no legislation from the bench'- he did not try to explain any of these concepts!

    August 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. Rusty

    McCain is supposed to be business as usual, but he is actually answering questions. Obama who is supposed to represent change, is answering questions like politicians always have, and most likely always will...

    August 16, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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