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. Michael Boren

    Geez, CNN, since Candy Crowley is so Pro-McCain, why don't you insist she wear red every night.......do not agree that McCain came off so well.....it was, obviously, a biased audience, so why not give some "balanced" critiques? Time for Ms. Crowley to move over and let someone younger take on the reporting. I will be surprised if you don't "edit" this out, balanced as you claim to be.

    August 17, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. mike

    This was a complete set up to make McCain look good for the base.

    He wants to lower taxes and spend less (start with cutting spending on the war)

    He thinks same sex mariage should be a state issue, unless they don't agree with him, then there should be a constitutional amendment.

    Life begins at conception, therefore my tax deductions should also, and my wife can drive in the carpool lane.

    Did anyone else notice that he (McCain) spent a lot of time talking about a war that happened nearly 40 years ago? The fact that he can't get past the war scars me!

    August 17, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  3. CLH

    I attended the forum tonight, and while I'll say that Rick did an excellent job trying to remain neutral to the two candidates, his audience was less than unbiased. Obama treated this forum as it was intended to me, more like a conversation and less like a debate. He was conversational in his answers and I felt they were thoughtful and sincere. McCain however openly played the audience, and living in the area I can safely say he's a "golden boy" for Orange County republicans. McCain used this forum to ally himself with region's ultra conservative Christian right, which he has previously been on shakey footings with. McCain's answers were too much in line with what this audience wanted to hear rather than to be truly sincere. The perfect example being his response to the question about the Supreme Court Justices that he would not have nominated. That was a purely partisan answer, and one that this audience in partiular wanted to hear him say.

    August 17, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. eye's of the wise

    I am glad the people can see thru the media bias and see Mccain is a joke

    August 17, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  5. Rethink this Crowley

    I really get a kick out of this "article." As I watched this forum I definitely saw the opposite of what is being reported here. McCain came off ridged, not direct. Uncomfortable and forced. He showed no personality, except the lack of. The Pastor asked Obama not to use his stump speech, yet let McCain spout off his bumper sticker quotes.
    I love how the McCainbots are eating this up. "He did so well!" He is in his territory, with his "base". It only seemed like he did well because the applause sign went on when his answers lacked depth. "I can't wait for the debates!" He isn't getting the softy questions during debates that he got at the forum. Sorry.
    I also fell head over heels for the commentators at the end. When asked if McCain scored points with his answers, they rolled over like their ear had been scratched ever so. If you need a candidate to look you in the face and lie or do an about face about on his beliefs just so you feel comfortable voting for that person...you have a problem.

    August 17, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. Electress

    McCain was shooting straight tonight! He's has had a real good week, and it's showing in the polls, and showing in this debate tonight.

    He's our guy!

    Our Best Days Are AHEAD Of Us.

    August 17, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  7. 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 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. Coaltrain

    McCain didn't answer the question, he "bamboozled" Warren, the heavily biased audience, and obviously Crawley too. "Life begins at conception?" O.K., but McCain is also for stem cell use!!!!!!! What? Are we supposed to be fools? You can't get stem cells without embryos!!! The same embryos that McCain says are living and breathing humans. Either you destroy the life of the embryos, or you support the use of their stem cells to help cure diseases in other people. You can't have it both ways fruit basket!!!
    Not blinded by the bull!!!!
    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  9. Johnnie Walton

    CNN's instant analysis is pathetic. We can hear and understand plain English. Please permit us to do so. We can live without your biased comments to tear down Barak and glorify McDoofus. Rick Warren should be ashamed of himself. He did not conduct this forum fairly but Barak still won. Our family did not judge the candidates based on how fast they answered. We were concerned about thoughtful, truthful answers to the questions and NOT A STUMP SPEECH which McCain gave with no objections from Rick Warren.

    August 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  10. mel

    Man and woman should marry,this is not for ours childrens
    growing,this know different a man 36 years og age going to
    jail for having sex with a 15 year old.kids become gay because parent
    are gay or they see this in TV and in public.The church shouldn't
    want this like the church don't want gambling resort and adult
    entertainment near church or a school.More individuals their were
    republican,not very many minority at all,so of course you get the
    crowd behind McCain.

    August 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  11. Tina

    To the Obamanites out there, As the "One" states and you have stated over the weeks "Get Over It:, Mc Cain smoked the "One" in the forum. They had the forum because "the One" refused to do townhall meetings or debates. So it was the "One's" way or the highway and the"One" sucked hot air. His answers were vague, actually he never gave an answer. May I suggest that the "One" go back and read all the books he has written so he can do better in his lying.............America will wake up to the"One" and he will not be President of the United States of America. Further CNN and all the other MSM's have done nothing more that shove Obama down the throats all all Americans since he decided to run. It's about time that one of the MSM's start being anews agency again rather thatn a puppet show for the DNC and Obama. My voteis an educated vote.

    McCain 08

    August 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. SAD

    McCain"s answer to the three wisest people question was simply pandering and campaign stump speech. He never once mentioned his mother or his wife (tells you what he thinks of women).

    Additionally, anybody at his age that thinks someone condierably younger than he is wise simply because it fits his election platform (the surge), and also says someone who simply managed E-bay are the wisest people he knows, they are not the right person to be President.

    August 17, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Wishing I could vote for Obama

    When do gays get American rights?

    August 17, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. Becky Montgomery

    I remember one of the many debates in the primaries where the question was "What is your greatest weakness?" Obama went first and thought and gave an honest, sincere answer. Then Clinton and Edwards gave the typical canned answers on any interviewing web site–"I care too much, etc."

    This is what happened tonight. Obama actually tried to answer the questions he was asked and answered them with respect and honesty. McCain gave the typical canned answers that were clearly memorized (hence the quick responses) alternated with story time. The one story he didn't tell is the reason his first marriage failed.

    If it is not about war or the military, he doesn't know what to do, so goes back to the old reliable. When this country has a problem, I pray to God that we have an intelligent, thoughtful, and complex person in charge and not a quick funny man that will say "War Declared!" before all sides have been explored.

    August 17, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  15. Lisa

    If you believe in God, please dont try to speak for God. Only god knows.

    August 17, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  16. ellen

    McCain was great! Obama was so-so. My vote goes to McCain.
    This very private man let us see clearly how sharp he really is. I have
    always liked him but now I know I will vote for him.

    August 17, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  17. Reverend Dennis Earl Thomas, M.Div.

    Tonight, CNN has lost all credibility with my wife and I while viewing this Presidential Forum. It appears that Rev. Rick Warren used his millions to purchase air time, from what use to be a legitimate cable news channel in order to promote his personal candidate for president – John McCain. The questions appeared tailor-made for McCain. He even anticipated the Supreme Court Justice question before it was asked. And why would you have a Pastor chair such a forum unless he paid for it out of his pocket. Even the commercials are new and unique to CNN and probably serve the commercial interests of Saddleback members; such as CYSCO, AmWay, etc. It is a sad day . . . I did not realize that CNN was for sale.

    August 17, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  18. Bill Tampa

    McCain will take us to war AGAIN, and AgAIN, until we can't WAR anymore. This man Is scary. Take heed. Our sons and daughters will be in eternal combat if this guy is elected. Can we afford to lose anymore of our children, spouses, sons, and daughters?...The answer is NO. Listen closely to what he says, War, Defeat, won't rest until defeated.

    August 17, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  19. Democrat for Big Mac

    What a stark difference. Obama presidency will be like Bush, the one full of stuttering. The confidence with which McCain has answered these tough questions proves that he is the PRESIDENT MATERIAL. Obama is nothing but empty words and STUTTERING when not in front of a prompter.

    August 17, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  20. mike

    OBAMA KOOL-AID. Some of you must have had an IV of this stuff while you were watching. This beverage (IV in your case) makes you think IT IS BAD IF YOU…
    1) answer questions directly and quickly
    2) answer questions clearly with no room for Interpretation
    3) served in the military
    4)have experience and are old
    5) tell true stories (THE KEY WORD IS TRUE)

    OBAMA LOST THE ELECTION TONIGHT…I'm really sorry. I'm sure it is the IV...you all just can't be that one sided

    August 17, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  21. Cupper

    McCain is Declaring victory in Iraq? That's Interesting....

    When asked last night "Who are the three wisest people you know and who would you rely on in your administration?'

    McCain answered, "# 1 General David Petraeus. Who took us from to defeat to victory in Iraq."

    Can I ask when General Petraeus declared victory?

    Can I ask why McCain is he declaring victory in Iraq before Bush? Or did Bush already declare victory with that little Cod Piece Carrier Landing Stunt? (it's so confusing when you've been lied to so many times)

    When is SOMEONE going to call out him out on these obvious discrepancies?

    When did we arrive at victory in Iraq? And why are our troops still dying there almost every day?!

    Can someone ask McCain if our troops can come home now?

    What is going on?

    Did we win and I missed it?

    -Cupper

    August 17, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  22. Larry

    If Candy Crowly praises Obama then she is great, she observes the truth and it clear who are wathching CNN: liberals. I hope D.C will not have another leader like its mayor who "experienced" drug.

    August 17, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  23. Alec in NE

    Funniest part of the night came when McCain he wants everyone to be rich and no one should have to pay higher taxes. Obama's right on the tax issue for sure: it's unavoidable that SOMEONE is going to pay higher taxes.

    August 17, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  24. Justin in CA

    Your wrong Crowley. Obama explained why he takes the position he does, which is pro-life and he said that. McCain just said what the crowd wanted to hear without explaining why he holds that position, not to mention it is a position he has flip flopped on.

    August 17, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  25. Rod

    McCain does not represent any kind of change but more of the same old ideas and politics. Women's rights to choose is not a matter of liking abortion because nobody likes abortion. However, the decision of how to handle her own body, medical care, conditions and pregnancy is the woman's and the woman's choice only, not the government's and certainly not the business of any fanatic stranger holding a sign.

    August 17, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
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