August 17th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Crowley: McCain on his greatest moral failing

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - Pretty compelling moment when John McCain was asked about his greatest moral failing and very quietly replied: "the failure of my first marriage." You could have heard a pin drop.

As an aside: McCain was put in a "cone of silence" while Barack Obama was on stage, because he was getting the same questions.

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Chris S.

    Cheated on his ex-wife and leaving her will become a big story soon.

    August 17, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  2. Paul

    I would say the fact that McCain is a chronic liar would constitute a greater failing.

    August 17, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  3. Bill

    Yeah, everyone was waiting for him to elaborate, but, unlike Obama, he did not.

    August 17, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  4. Rob indetroit

    Moral failing, how about leaving your wife and kids for a rich woman.

    August 17, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  5. Johnny

    Living on a beer distribution fortune ranks a close second in my book. A beer distributor CANNOT be pro-life.

    August 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Bud

    That cone of silence must have been equiped with headphones and a feed. Let's talk more about that first marriage, John McCain.

    August 17, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Jon

    Maybe Obama should look at what Mr. Warren has done with his money (and salary) before he defines Mr. Warren as "rich".

    August 17, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Chris from San Antonio

    So, Keating 5 wasn't it, or his switching from "Maverick" to "more of the same?"

    August 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Bill, Alabama

    It does take guts to admit to the whole nation that he had an affair while married, then leaving his wife and two children.

    That is a giant moral failure.

    August 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Otogenarian

    McCain never told the real truth about his failed marriage. A crippled wife who waited on him while a POW, only to come back and marry Cindy. The man is a real jerk!

    August 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Not a man of faith

    My friends, I am a fraud.

    August 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Jeff

    Gee, I would have gone with bald face liar.

    August 17, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    And this from the man that wants to lead America. What a low life excuse for a man.

    August 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Richie

    Speaking of pins.... WHERE IS MCCAIN'S FLAG PIN????? OMG!

    August 17, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Peter

    his moral failure was he lost to Bush in 2000...BUSH!

    August 17, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Billy

    His second greatest is failing himself by betraying the McCain of 2000 for this new, McBush he has become. All those values, the price of the Republican nomination.

    August 17, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Martha

    Obama looked and sounded like a college prof. McCain looked and sounded like a President.

    August 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Bill From Florida

    McCain was the winner last night , no doubt.

    August 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Senator McCain, please explain how you got pushed to the front of the list for flight school.

    Also, when do we see Cindy's tax statements?

    August 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Mike in Oahu

    And his greatest public moral failing was his acceptance of $$$ gifts from Charles Keating for political favors.

    August 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Don

    How long do we have to play the "pity party" for grampy?

    August 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Vickie B

    i am a life long democrat who thinks McCain looked good last night.
    More than likely he has my vote in November.

    August 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Maria T Mauri

    I've read some (nasty) comments about McCain's first marriage failure, not sure what to believe.

    August 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. La Raza

    As an Obama supporter I must say that McLame looked better than ever last night. But I'm still not voting for him. He is too pro-war. Everything was about his POW experience, and I'm not sure all of it was true.

    August 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. J.P.

    It shows an honest and a respectable man that can admit his greatest moral failing in front of a multitude of people. John said it with such sincerely that it just made you stop and think a moment and also made you realize that no matter who you are we all experience a moral faling sometime in our lifetime. I think it showed his personal human side of regret that sort of touched the people in a personal way and in that moment of thought could hear a pin drop because I think alot of people have been waiting to hear him out on this personal issue and he sort of captured the audience in that moment of silence.

    August 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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