August 16th, 2008
09:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: McCain sends a message to evangelicals

(CNN) - Asked to define his stands on abortion and gay marriage, McCain is sending a message to evangelicals: I am one of you.

Among evangelicals, judges are the biggest issue - the source of a great deal of their anger and disappointment. Another message from McCain: I understand.

But on the issue of stem cells, he parts ways with this voting bloc - and his answer there is a careful one. He knows he's on the wrong side of this issue for many of them.

His answers are perhaps not as intellectually nimble as Obama's, but they come across as clearer, sharper - he's taking more of a tough, unambiguous stand on these issues.


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  1. Desmond Sequeira

    It is easy to provide simple answers when your are incapable of understanding the complexities raised by the questions

    August 16, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Ron Democrat turned independent

    being nimble is another word for dancing around the questions tomorrow we will hear on CNN about how nibble (not evasive lol) sen. obama was as e expertly answered the questions from rev warren guess what CNN anybody who watched that program seen obama come off as a third rater. so your credibility is on the line as if that mattered

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    DUH
    He wants stem cell research to cure his Alzhaimers!

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi jack

    People do prefer a leader that is not sharpe and tough but more moderate who takes into consideration both sides of the medal!

    August 16, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Hasan

    Mr Scheider, arent answers which are Intellectually nimble better than clearer and sharper? being sharper and clearer means you have just one issue and will only listen to one side of the issue , unlike when you take into account all issues and are like a professor.

    Would you rather have a professor teaching a student or a tutor

    August 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Denise Wells

    You have touched upon the core of the differences between the two candidates. McCain's stance on the big issues leaves no room for negotiation or change or any way to coin his phrase "reach across party lines" to meet and come to a win win negotiation for all Americans. This is very disturbing to me as a voter in America who realy truly wants to see people start giving and taking in politics to reach common ground that can be mutually satisfying for all Americans.

    August 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. VOICE OF REASON

    A MORE TOUGH UNAMBIGUOUG STAND........OLD FOLKS HAVE JUDGEMENT UNDER THOSE WRINKLES. RATHER TRUST AN ENEMY I KNOW HOW TO FIND THAN A FRIEND I CANNOT COUNT TO STAND STILL.

    August 16, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. DR. YES

    tough stands will not bring about common ground.our government cannot work with stubborn stupidity.we can see now ,that stubborness and untruthfulness means gridlock and nothing more.

    August 16, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Cecil

    Candy Crowley, Are You In Bed With Sen. McCain. Very Bias Reporting.

    Obama 08

    August 16, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. ADAM

    YEA WE HEARD HE IS NOT ONE OF US.

    August 16, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Cecil

    This is what voters like most about McCain: his personal story. McCain's appeal in this campaign is primary personal.

    This is what voters like most about Obama: his personal story. Obama's appeal in this campaign is primary personal.

    Relax Candy Crowley, Are You In Bed With Sen. McCain. So Bias in Reporting This Debate

    Obama 08

    Both Sen. Nice Job

    August 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. 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 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. Every Wilson

    John McCain was on his game, he was irreconcilible on every issue, uncompromising, thuwart, conventional, alienistic, hard, symbol of the old guard, partisan, old politics, old washington, old way of thinking, nonfuturistic in thinking and nonintrusive as usual. But, he wants Americans to believe, he is diplomatic, a communicator, thinker, non-partisan, compromiser, thoughtful and caring. He is dangerous for America and the World! As a leader whose idol is Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt Whose big stick, cowboy policies helped to shape republican ideology, I am strongly concerned that if he is elected, their will be less diplomacy and numerous Wars and conflicts around he'll draw America into, to support their political platform. We have that already with George Bush, and our country is reeling due to supreme egotistical, arrogant, lone ranger mentality. That's his true message and character reflected today!

    August 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. ALLAN USA.

    McCain was much better than Obama. McCain 7 - obama 3. IF NO HRC __NO OBAMA.

    August 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. Ilona,PA

    You can't have it both ways senator McCain. Now we have a clear picture what you stand for. Just couple days ago you said you are open to pro-choice VP. So which way is it senator? Sure you cat attract evangelical religious right, but forget then about the support of independents.Seems like the outcome of this election again and again might be decided by religious nuts. Sure the abortion question will help solve all the economical problems the country is facing now! I want to hear more about what the candidates will do to solve the problems and hearing less about war stories from the past.

    August 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Cupper

    Yes.It is true McCain is against a woman's right to choose. Standing O!

    That he turned his back on his wife after she was seriously injured in a car accident, committed adultery, and left the mother of his children when he found a much younger, wealthier woman. IAll public record not induendo)

    Hmmm...these are nice family values. I can see why all the Christians seem to like him so well. Standing O for the Adulterer!

    Worse, McCain didn¹t tell the truth about this in his own memoir. McCain insisted that he was separated from his first wife before he began dating his second wife. That¹s simply not true.

    McCain also insisted he¹d been divorced for months before remarrying. That wasn¹t true, either. (In fact, the LAT reported, ³McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife.²)

    Shameful.

    But McCain doesn't want you to know that. He's against abortion though!

    Amazing. Evangelicals can have him as far as I'm concerned.

    -Cupper

    August 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. Carolyn

    Schneider: It was McCain's audience. You've been a pundit for waaaaaaaaay too long.

    August 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Avee----Richmond, VA

    Yeah, his is, if you like Bush, then I am your Guy.

    August 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Obama Supporter VA

    sure right....

    On Gay Civil Unions/Marriages
    it is not a federal isue but a state issue...McCain is just riding the fence on this issue

    Abortion
    Bush said the same crap and abortions are still happneing

    At least Barack was able to say we need to deal with the cause of abortions and try to eliminate via education and other issues.

    McCain is simply a one track mind person ,,,,If you are not thinking like I am, then you are evil.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. MB

    How can the right wing fundamentalists claim to be Christian? They support a war that has killed many thousands. They support intolerance and bigotry. They suppport the death penalty. They live in the OLD Testament ("An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is fine with them but NOT "let he who is without sin throw the first stone). They seem to feel that killing those that they have judged to be wrong is good, but raising public funds to care for poor children is a waste. Did they miss the whole point of the New Testament?

    August 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. Kris a Dem from MCcain land

    Religion should have no place in politics.

    August 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain answered questions before he was asked, how is that possible if they came from the public. Something stinks about this whole thing which wasn't about faith at all. I think Obama knew it, in fact I'm almost sure he knew it based upon the limited information he was willing to disclose for John McCain's purposes.

    August 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Every Wilson

    John McCain was on his game, he was irreconcilible on every issue, uncompromising, thuwart, conventional, alienistic, hard, symbol of the old guard, partisan, old politics, old washington, old way of thinking, nonfuturistic in thinking and nonintrusive as usual. But, he wants Americans to believe, he is diplomatic, a communicator, thinker, non-partisan, compromiser, thoughtful and caring. He is dangerous for America and the World! As a leader whose idol is Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt Whose big stick, cowboy policies helped to shape republican ideology, I am strongly concerned that if he is elected, their will be less diplomacy and numerous Wars and conflicts around he'll draw America into, to support their political platform. We have that already with George Bush, and our country is reeling due to supreme egotistical, arrogant, lone ranger mentality. The hundreds of hours of rehearsal paid off for McCain today, he did a George Bush on America again today! When will we wake up! Look like its back to the future again! Will we ever learn! Will this country ever begin to realize World War III will happen when we have leaders wh are ardent uncompromising agents their ideology who will forcefully succuumb every country in the world if possible to our countries detriment.

    August 16, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. revrah

    Like Rick Warren, I'm a pastor. When do I get my shot at asking the candidates some questions on national TV? Really, I am deeply concerned that we are now elevating pastors to serve in this role.

    August 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  25. mike

    I was expecting a serious question & answer session, and that's what it looked like during Senator Obama's time, then it turned into a one hour info-mercial for McCain to allow him to pander to the conservative base!
    The reporting on this also seems to favor McCain, when he did not answer most of the questions, answered some before they were asked (how did he know the question?), and took a few thinly veiled shots at Obama.
    If McCain is so impressed with Gen. Petreius, maybe that's who should be the republican nominee. At least Obama wasn't asked about his flag pin, which he did wear!

    August 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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