LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - From their views on abortion to their greatest moral failings, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain used much different styles to tackle the same tough questions at Saturday night's forum on faith.
Obama struck a conversational tone and directed his answers toward moderator Rick Warren.
McCain gave straightforward responses, taking a more personal approach as he directed his answers toward the audience and viewers at home.
David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN, said he thought both candidates handled themselves well, but he was particularly impressed with McCain's performance.
"Along comes McCain, who not only has - he doesn't like to talk about his religion very much. And then he talks about it openly. But he has a very powerful story that's emotionally connected to the audience," he said.
"It's the candidate who can connect emotionally to Middle America who will have the big advantage going down the stretch."
The event was held at Saddleback Church, a mega-church in southern California. Warren, pastor at the church and author of the best-selling book "The Purpose-Driven Life," interviewed both candidates.
McCain and Obama appeared briefly onstage together, shaking hands and posing with Warren between their one-hour interviews.