August 16th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
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McCain, Obama to share same stage Saturday night

Sens. McCain and Obama will discuss issues of faith and morality with Pastor Rick Warren on Saturday night.
Sens. McCain and Obama will discuss issues of faith and morality with Pastor Rick Warren on Saturday night.

(CNN) – John McCain and Barack Obama are going to be briefly on the same stage at the same time Saturday night. It will be the first time that's happened since each candidate clinched his party's nomination and it mostly likely will be the last time we see them together until they face off in the presidential debates in late September and October.

The presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential nominees are both taking part in a civil forum hosted by the Rev. Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Each candidate gets an hour with Warren, answering questions about their religion and faith, moral values and issues, and questions about what kind of president they would be.

We expect to see McCain and Obama briefly meet on stage as one candidate finishes and the next begins.

This is a chance for both candidates to make their case with evangelical and religious Americans, crucial voters in the battle for the White House.

Our coverage of the forum starts at 7pm ET on CNN with an hour long special leading up to the event. We'll have live coverage of the forum at 8pm ET on CNN and CNN.COM

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Robert in raleigh

    This should be very revealing and a lot of fun, Jay leno will have a ball on Monday

    August 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Gladys

    Even if you're not a republican, he is a cute little white man with short arms. And he did age well.

    August 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Larry, Fairfax, VA

    Separation of church and what?

    August 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Tabloid Politics

    I want equal rights for a Buddhist interview by American Buddhist Leaders!!!!

    WAR NO MORE
    NO MORE WAR

    WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

    August 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Jack Colson

    Come on....
    Why is Obama afraid to debate, or engage in Town Hall discussions as all of us would like to see them DEBATE.
    Whoops ! I forgot........
    Obama's scared of looking immature.
    He's clever, but those of us who have been around (& not Republican either) can see through the fluff and farce.
    Jack Colson
    Portland, OR

    August 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Jason

    This is another attempt to push religion on America!!!! I am sick of these faith based conferences and initiatives.. I am sick of religion and those who push on everyone else. Religion should be banned from politics and politics should be banned from religion. The 2 are meant to be apart. I will probably not vote for Obama now.. He should have said NO to this meeting. I smell a rat in Rick Warren.. Are we going to have another RFK moment in America tonight?? I sure hope not. McCain and his cronies can't be trusted. Rick Warren either..

    How about a conference with agnostics?? Non believers? Doubt that would ever happen. PANDERERS!!

    August 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Willy

    How will Obama get by with out his tela prompter. Will he have a secret ear piece in his ear and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will be talking for him. McCain wins tonight

    August 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Shannon

    Isn't Obama afraid to debate if it's not scripted. This should be good, the questions must be pre-approved to give Mr Rock Star a chance to memorize his answers. Maybe they will have an applause machine or a laugh track, that should encourage Obama do do well, he's really into the applause!

    August 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. robert ...tx

    This ought to be fantastic.... Get right to the issues and show how Mcain the alzhimer fool will set this country back t30 or 40 years with his way too conservative policies.

    And also show us how he is going to continue with the bush 'fascist' policy that supports corporate america only.......

    August 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Christian for Obama

    Mr. Obama, you are a decent principled man of deep faith. I'll be praying for you!

    August 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. AMERICA FOR THE TRUTH

    ITS ABOUT TIME THE RIGHT WINGED RELIGIOUS COME WITH OPEN MIND TO SEE HOW THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LET THEM DOWN AND ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY. NO MORE FAKE CHRISTIANS THAT ENCOURGE WAR, DESTRUCTION AND ATTACKS ON THE DISADVANTAGE AND POOR. THESE AREN'T BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES.

    August 16, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Kenny

    After tonights debate everybody will see the difference between Obama who is a real christian(believer) and McCain who claims to be christian(on paper).

    In April McCain, Obama and Hillary were invited to a similar forum but McCain refused to attend.

    I know Obama will win this discussions hands down but it will not earn him more voters among evangilicals than McCain. Evangelicals tend to vote republican.

    August 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Gene

    In a normal debate, Obama would wipe the floor with McCain. I'm not sure about this faith debate. These are very pro-right. I'm curious how Obama does here.

    August 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. California Gold

    Can hardly wait to see McCain at the end of the session looking totally wiped out, old, feeble and shaken up from not being able to keep up with Senator Obama.

    August 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. aware

    Rick Warren is a great motivational speaker who sees himself as an influencer. He has authentically broadened his evangelical platform. Check out his P.E.A.C.E. Plan! He also remains solidly pro-life in terms of abortion and all pro-life issues!

    McCain is pro-life by word and record!

    Obama is pro-abortion to the extreme by word and record. Of course, he also lies, tells half-truths, obfuscates and waffles a lot! :(

    August 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. aware

    Rick Warren may get some answers but don't count on it!

    There are many questions that Obama in particular needs to address forthrightly. But, he doesn't have the gift of straight talk!

    Freddoso and Corsi have vetted Obama in two very interesting books. they have brought up issues that need to be thoroughly discussed.

    Obama's ridiculas pot calling the kettle black response to the Corsi book just makes him appear defensive and insecure.

    August 16, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. aware

    Rick Warren may get some answers but don't count on it!

    There are many questions that Obama in particular needs to address forthrightly. But, he doesn't have the gift of straight talk!

    Freddoso and Corsi have vetted Obama in two very interesting books. they have brought up issues that need to be thoroughly discussed.

    Obama's ridiculous pot calling the kettle black response to the Corsi book just makes him appear defensive and insecure. :(

    August 16, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Ruby, Kansas

    IT'S SHOWTIME!!!

    August 16, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. pakuna

    how much as Obama paid this preacher to side with him? We will never know unless he wins the election.

    August 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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