August 16th, 2008
09:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: McCain takes advantage of an opening

(CNN) - John McCain used the opportunity to bring up one of his big campaign issues – oil drilling. Rick Warren gave him an opening, and he took it.

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  1. get a life

    He is boring, old and dangerous.

    August 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Jeff K. / Galena, MO

    All I have heard from McCain so far is his stump speech.

    August 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Wade

    Gosh...McCain only talks about war. This is disturbing. Is that the only thing he knows? Bill Schneider and Candy Crowley please help me get the answer to this question. Thanks.

    August 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. THE O

    This was a shame mccain had the questions a head of time you can tell. the answers are coming out of his mouth to easy he has been studying them. and this warren cat is not cutting him off like he did Obama

    August 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. TheTruthHurts

    Good for him, but he didn't explain WHY he changed his mind. What new information did he have that we have a national security issue regarding oil. The price. What does the price have to do with the fact that we are beholden to foreigners for our energy? Before the price went up, we were still sending BILLIONS to HOSTILE nations and their rogue groups. Explain yourself instead of stating a position and grinning from ear to ear at the applause. How juvenile.

    August 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Ed Viscius

    McCain doesn't talk about what to do with the byproduct of nuclear power. We should be investing in efficient, environmentally sound solutions to the energy problem. Same goes for off-shore drilling. We should reduce our dependency on oil by reducing no only our energy consumption, but also the products that require oil to manufacture, like plastic bottles that are filling the landfills.

    August 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Stump speech

    I don't blame him for taking the time to use a stump speech- brought to you courtesy of Exxon Mobile.

    People please realize who is going to benefit from off-shore drilling. If you think big oil in America is powerful now, once the offshore drilling begins, they will have more control in Washington and our lives than what we've ever seen. And guess what? Oil prices still will not go down. Why would they? Big oil will be making a fortune.

    August 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Caroline

    McCain is sooooooo predictable!!! Oh and the took a lot of prayer statement was the icing on the cake! Prayer, yeah right! Oh an by the way McCain doesn't support just look at his voting record, the raring from the VFW, Disabled Veterans of American. It kills me that people think because he is a Veterans , he supports the Veterans.

    August 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Bill, Albuquerque, NM

    OIL COMPANY GOON, More lies drill on what you already have.

    August 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Shirlee

    McCain's answers all have to do with war. he is war hungry we should all be scared. All he knows is war.

    August 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Caroline

    So if life starts at conception Mr McCain, Does that mean you want to appoint a murderer for a Vice President?

    August 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Ken Hacker

    McCain looks scared – maybe because of his bad academic record at the naval academy. While asked to talk the meaning of salvation, he lurched back into the past to talk about Vietnam for still another and another time. Unlike Obama, McCain is stump speeking each and very answer to Warren.

    August 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. women for obama


    August 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Jeff K. / Galena, MO

    Now McCain is spouting what sounds like rehearsed "pat answers" and trying to evade the religious issues it seems to me. He is begging for the Supreme court questions to change the subject.

    August 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Jeff K. / Galena, MO

    Here comes the stump speeches again with Bin Laden and going to hell to get him.

    August 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Linda Carpenter, Phoenix, Arizona

    McCain only knows how to talk the 'talking points' He has not one authentic bone in his body nor did we hear any authentic thoughts but rather he just keep reading the talking points that he's been prepared to talk about, He has no thinking skills, no ethics, he wants more war to please the war profiteers, he wants oil drilling to keep the oil company money coming to his campaign. He foregn policy advison is a LOBBYIST for Georgia , a country that just started a war with Russia. That is illegal and immoral. Who does he really care about? Obviously, the people who giv ehim money. It is sad that an old man like MCain still has not developed morals. God is in control and knows the truth.

    August 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. brent

    McCain's answer to the "3 wisest people" question:

    2 military generals and Meg Whitman? The CEO of a directionless web company that has lost half of it's stock value in the last year?

    His entire focus is the war in Iraq, so much so that he has no idea what is really happening in the American economy.

    August 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Willow Ross

    I am 85 yrs old lived thru lots of elections..I am appalled and ashamed of John McCain and I am terrified for the future generations if he is elected.
    He did'nt answer questions in a thoughtful way he reitterrated old speeches.
    his ego interrupted questions, to tell stories of what was his past, he needs to speak to the future.
    I probably won't be here to see it but I feqr for the future if this John Mc Cain is elected.
    If he can't speak to an issue without a script how can he deal with immediate emergencies.....God help us all

    August 16, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Ike

    Sounds like McCain is on the stump. No deep thought, no details, just general stump talking points.

    August 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Comment...

    The first thing comes out of MCCain's mouth is "I hope these questions get easier" It goes to show you he's not wanting to be sincere or opeen.

    August 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. DK

    Of course he gave the opening. Does no-one else smell the stench of Warren appeasing McCain and conservatives with his questions? This entire forum is a sham and I still think Obama has done better than McCain.

    August 16, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. ricardo williams

    Good job McCain. You've done a good job. On the issue of who is rich and not raising taxes on the wealthy. I can't see how you will get us out of this mess we're in. You admit spending is our problem, but you have not come up with a plan to get secured funds while we rebuild the nation. Therefore your straight talk has no action. You still seemed to be focused on a pointless war, when the focus should be the economy.

    I still say you did a good job even though I am a democrat.

    August 16, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. snaz

    you mean mccain saw an opening to spread more lies??

    August 16, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. ALLAN USA.

    For people who love Obama,let's be fare, McCain was much better than Obama. Skale 1-10, McCain 7- Obama 3.

    August 16, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. Ms. Holmes

    McCain seemed to have rehearsed his responses. Perhaps he had the questions given to him in advance. He didn't even "think" before responding to most of the questions. I don't want a president who doesn't "think" before he acts or reacts. Pastor Rick should not have allowed him to pander to the cameras or pro McCain audience. Did you notice how personable Senator McCain and Pastor Warren were? All I heard was John-John-John-John........Hmmm

    August 16, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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