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. rose

    "My first marriage was my moral failing"... and? What about it was your failing? Talk about dodging questions!!!! I am yet to hear the explanation or the follow through on this one. How quickly they moved on from here yet Obama is expected to expand and clarify his points. Very disappointing Candy, and I had the greatest respect for you as a fair reporter. I still respect you, but not as I did before. Get back to what you did best, report fairly.

    August 17, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. emma

    I think Senator Obama did great tonight . Even though the odds were not in his favor tonight with this crowd. Q for Andy you have listened to these 2 men for months,then after listening to each one talk for forty minutes, not even about some very serious questions about our country, you switch from supporting Obama to mcCain?? Very strange way to make such an important choice. Are you a flip flopper?

    August 17, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Mike

    Geez Crowley! Is McBush your uncle? All he did was pander to the crowd and tell more war stories. When asked about his most gut wrenching political decision. McWar launcehed into another of several hero POW stories. He really started to sound like John Kerry where every question is answered with, back when I was a war hero in the war where I fought and was a hero. Enough already, really stop it please.

    August 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. annie

    What a surprise Obama dodging the tough questions........hahahahahahhahahahhahaha.

    He must of freaked out when he found out he couldn't vote NOT PRESENT.

    August 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. Jason

    If you believe that a human is started at conception, then every child is not 1 day old when they are born, they are the number of months/weeks old when the come out of the womb!. You can't argue for a childs beginning at conception then not believe they are older than 1 day at birth. ..

    . And we should not be discussing religion and politics during a presidential campaign. Its a violation of the separation of church and state amendment and the fact that 2 presidential candidates are openly and illegally promoting 1 religion is disgusting. This debate was shameful and a slap in the face of EVERY American. I do not believe in God nor Jesus (who never lived, i dare anyone to prove Jesus existence.. there is zero physical proof!!) And why do we have to have this shoved in our face 24/7? Bush violated the law by having a religious based office in the White House..

    August 17, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  6. republicans hate america

    yeah the get all the protection before they are born and get thrown in the gutter forever after that.

    August 17, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. MaggyMay

    Note to Lisa:
    You are not an Obama supporter. Don't tell lies.

    Obama answered the questions from the heart -very sincere and in many cases profound. He quoted scripture several times. He talked about how his faith informs his daily life. He was humble and empathetic.

    McCain did not answer many of the questions, and just gave prepared sounbite answers, with the POW stories thrown in. Nothing about this faith. He was pandering to the audience rather than answering the questions.

    Candy and the other pundits need to go back and reed the transcript. They showed themselves to be very shallow!!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |

    McCain says he is anti-abortion yet in the same breath he is the first to go to war and take lives.What hypocricy?

    August 17, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. Mav 81

    Obama was grey on issues... THAT IS CALLED RIDING THE FENCE!!!!!
    Sen. Obamas biggest problem is his lack of Patriotism, and being Trustworthy...
    With everything in the Senators favor, the polls are tied. People don't trust him... The book Obama Nation will help define Sen. Obama, since he has been sheltered by his staff... what are they afraid of? The TRUTH...

    Sorry Obamakins... Mc Cain '08

    August 17, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Wisconsin

    Candy Crowley COULD YOU BE A LITTLE MORE BIAS?!?!!



    August 17, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  11. Chris from NY

    He didn't state why he divorced his first wife and Dana Bash that was okay in McCain's case but not Obama's. I have never seen such a biased reporting system.

    August 17, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. Bob

    Obama has a real problem with this as he does not even think that life begins when a baby is born. When he was in the Illinois state senate a bill was being discussed that called for babies born alive in botched abortions would get medical treatment. A nurse testifed that she was at an abortion that a baby was born and lived for 45 minutes but could not get any medical care due to the law in Illinois. The ONLY Illinois state senator who argued in opposition to the bill that would allow medical care for babies in these cases and the only senator who voted in opposition to this bill was Barack Obama. He could have voted present as he did over a hundred other times but instead he OPPOSED the bill. This is a pretty radical position on abortion and is why he skirted the questions.

    August 17, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. Truth

    Anyone who cannot see that McCain clearly won and Obama is clearly
    a lightweight in comparison – is a good candidate for a cult.

    August 17, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. casey

    Senator Obama gave muddled, run-around answers. Senator McCain gave precise, to the point answers that you either agree with or you don't.
    Both candidates got the same amount of support from the audience. Both were asked the same questions.
    What is the problem here? How was this forum not a great way to determine how each man will lead?

    August 17, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. No Bush 3rd Term

    Nice Job McAttack! How long did it take for the Karl Rove Cronies to teach you those rehersed answers, your campaigne obviously received in advance. Since when does the McAttack speak without stumbling. hmmmm! Just an observation.

    August 17, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  16. LucieLee

    And Crowley is total baratone....!!! I guess if life begins at conception, as McCain is asuch the biologist..than it must end at birth with the pokicies of the GOP!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |

    Obama supporters stop making excuses. McCain is clearly the heavyweight here. People talking about McCain answered too fast or maby he knew the answers, acussing the pastor of the church of lying,
    the pastor said no one knew the questions, but you will call him a lair as an excuse for Obama. Country first – who is the best for this country

    August 17, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  18. Valorie Jay - Raleigh

    Apparently Candy and I head a different debate tonight. The first hour with Obama was unrehearsed and sincere with a man who gave thoughtful answers to some very deep questions. The second hour was the John Mc Cain show, unrestricted by the moderator and answers that seem to come almost before the questions. Obama gave deep thoughtful answers and McCain told old war stories. For the last seven years we have had a president with shallow thinking abilities and, although McCain is a good man, he must never take the presidency and give us four more years of the same we have had from Bush. During the entire debate I just kept thinking that McCain is the past and Obama the future.

    August 17, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. Caroline

    you guys are saying all the things I've been yelling at my TV all night! It's nice to know that with all the sucking up everyone has done to McCain tonight, there are many people who can see though all of his answers.
    Now let's just hope that Obama can pounce on McCain's biggest volunerability: Actions speak louder than words.
    1)Saying you support the troops vs. having one of the worst voting record for the military.
    2) Conception is the start of human rights vs. Being okay with picking a pro choice VP
    ** what kind of morals does a person have if they don't want to terminate "life" in the womb, but is okay with a VP, he picks, supporting "murder" in the womb.

    August 17, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  20. Please, No Obama

    Obama simply cannot answer questions. He can mumble, stutter and posture like a buffoon. His strength is in pep talks, rallies and photo ops. Frankly, this twit should be nowhere near the President's office. Rather, he would be great at late night infomercials.

    August 17, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  21. Diana Powell

    I think Obama did an awesome job and when I heard the commentators I couldn't believe what they were saying, that McCain did an awesome job. Which all he was talking about is war and him being an POW does that automatic quailfies him to be President? All McCain wants to do is war. WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER BUSH. WE NEED HELP HERE IN AMERICA.

    August 17, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  22. nelda

    Wondered why McCain is considering a VP supports women to choose.
    Lets remember this is a man who jokes about women enjoying being raped.
    Do not trust this man!

    August 17, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  23. BJKidd

    I don,t get it. Candy is raving about what a wonderful job McCain did in the debate. To me it was obvious that his answers were rehearsed, when he wasn,t telling long WAR stories. He was stumping. Talk about bias, well we know the media is his base. They only look ridiculous praising the job he did tonight. Obama gave thoughtful answers and I felt he was speaking from the heart.

    August 17, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  24. caron

    After much thought, I think I know what bother's me about McCain. He seems to have his thoughts and ideas so fully formed that no question will cause him to ponder or think in a more detailed and deliberate manner. He seems to take the position that it's my way or the highway and won't take anything into account except what he knows/understand and believes.

    August 17, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  25. Brooklyn Girl

    For all of you winers, remember, Obama agreed to this forum. He could have chickened out as usual. But, he tried to stand up like a man for once. Problem is he came up short. So please stop all your bickering and crying because it is so predictable.

    August 17, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
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