LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) – The forum itself is very relaxed on the stage - neither Rick Warren nor Barack Obama is wearing a tie. Right off the bat, Obama gives the obvious answer as to who he will get advice from: Michelle.
We also got a quick mention of former Georgia senator Sam Nunn - a dark horse VP candidate.
Obama is trying to the broaden "values" discussion tonight in a way Democrats hope will help sway white evangelical vote. He says that biggest moral failing of country is not heeding the verse in Matthew about helping the "least of us."
Democrats have been beaten about the head on "values" issues; they want to move beyond abortion and gay marriage, arguing that faith is also about feeding the hungry and housing the homeless - two issues Democrats believe favor them from a policy standpoint.