August 17th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
6 years ago

Crowley: McCain was on his game

McCain won over the Saddleback crowd.
McCain won over the Saddleback crowd.

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - During a break, someone yelled: "We love you John." In fact, McCain was on his game, doing better than I thought he would, given that faith is not his most favorite subject to discuss in public. And in fact, it does seem that the crowd is greeting him every bit as warmly as they did Obama. (Although: as far as I can see, the two Obama supporters who told me they were forced to turn their t-shirts inside out left a while ago.)

Act Two is over - and McCain gets huge applause, and a standing ovation.


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soundoff (788 Responses)
  1. DS

    The arrogance of Obama's supporters are driving me to give McCain a far longer look then I thought I would.

    August 17, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  2. roryryn@yahoo.ca

    McCain is not in this for USA he is in it for his cronies.

    August 17, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  3. Lora

    John McCain is going to be tough to beat if he does this well in the upcoming debates. He knocked it out of the park for me! This is what America is looking for.

    August 17, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  4. Sam

    IT IS SO OBVIOUS THAT MCCAIN GOT ALL THE TALKING POINTS IN ADVANCE.

    OBAMA = HONESTY

    MCCAIN = POLITICS = DIRTY GAME = CNN

    August 17, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  5. dave in texas

    did any one find it funny that when obama was asked when did he cross party lines he pointed to ethics reform coming from a guy who went against him self on campain finance reform declined money anfter he said he would take it

    August 17, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  6. Doron

    McCain is A WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Marc, Toronto

    It seems pretty obvious that John McCain had the questions before they were asked of him. He never thinks as quickly on his feet like he did last night. I smell a GOP setup. Why is every answer he gives related to war/defiance?

    I honestly believe John McCain is an ATHIEST. He never talks about God or Jesus. I wish he would have been asked about his religious beliefs last night.

    August 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Mary, TN

    His every word was about "WAR"—
    I promise you McCain will keep us in War(s)

    August 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. jt

    mccain is so dangerous and risky...

    August 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Marie, Toronto

    Never has anyone ever gotten as much mileage out of being captured.

    He's sucking up for the sympathy vote.

    August 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Jackie (NY)

    Of course McCain can declare victory in such a biased forum (i.e. "There have been 40 million abortions in America. Now tell us your position on abortion.")

    August 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. LeMonton, currently in Dallas,TX

    McCain was on his game not addressing the issues and flipping and flopping all around.

    August 17, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. sue calgary

    McCain actually did better than expected. More of the same tough stance tactics though?? That hasn't worked very well over the last 8 years, has it? You think it might be time to come down from that high horse and restore America in the eyes of the international community. Or perhaps that doesn't matter to Americans!??

    August 17, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. mary

    Debra, You will see the same scene in the film starring Charlton Heston in Ben Hur-1959

    August 17, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Fay Wendrow

    I hadn't planned on voting this election but after seeing the forum
    last evening, Sen. McCain has my vote. What I never liked about
    Sen. Obama was his false charm/smile, inexperience, flowery
    speeches – all very empty and his answers were quite small/nothing.

    On the other hand, I never knew anything about Sen. McCain...but last evening he answered all the questions directly, forcefully and looked
    to be in command. I appreciate his service to our country which
    Obama doesn't have. I would feel safer with Sen. McCain at the
    helm.

    So, after viewing last night's performances on 2 men, it got me to
    go out and vote for a very strong man. That's who I want to lead this
    country, not someone who has an empty answer for everying and
    flowery speeches.

    August 17, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. yvonne

    JUST SOME REASONS MCCAIN SHOULD NOT BE VOTED IN AS PRESIDENT:
    HE IS A DUPLICATE OF OUR PRESENT PRESIDENT
    HE IS TOOOOOO OLD
    HE HAS A ONE TRACK MIND {OBSESSED WITH WAR}
    HE IS JUST FOR THE RICH
    HE IS NOT FLEXIBLE IN HIS WAY OF THINKING
    HE WILL NOT LISTEN TO OTHERS THAT KNOW MORE THAN HIM
    HE WILL NOT TAKE ADVICE, JUST WANTS TO DO IT {HIS WAY}
    IF HE MAKES PRESIDENT THIS LIST WILL SURELY GROW, GROW, AND GROW.

    August 17, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Nik

    What should be given great weight is the candidates answer about evil. McCain's bellicose approach is telling of what his presidency would be like. An example of McCain's bellicosity and over-stepping his boundaries is when he declared that "we are all Georgians." This has been erroneously viewed as superiorly presidential by many; however, if McCain continues, he may usher a U.S./Russian conflict; one that America does not have the military resources to engage. Be very careful America, we need humility in these volatile times.

    August 17, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Matt

    Looks to me that many Obama supporters are in state of denile and refuse to acknowledge that his performance was very poor last night.

    August 17, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Hal Sedgwick

    John McCain had devolved into a self-righteous prig. He was very brave forty years ago and everyone honors him for that, but his self-serving sanctimony has worn thin - and his smarmy belligerence is not the same thing as intelligent strength.

    Some of you commentators are confusing Obama's THOUGHTFUL answers to complex questions as hesitancy. Maybe you should get another job in which your feeble powers of analysis would suffice.

    August 17, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. kevin

    Obama supporters stop crying! Obama uh uh oh uh is horrible without his teleprompter. Accept it and move on.

    August 17, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Jatovi, NC

    Let's be honest, he dodged this question. He said he failed at his marriage but did not acknowledge why. This held true for all of his answers. Yes they were short because they lacked any depth. McCain only talked about his war captivity in short stories. This gave no depth on who he is. If I want stories, give me Maya Angelou, give me answers. The only time he showed himself was on the question on evil and he says he will defeat evil and "I will chase Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell." The way he said it he sounded like a war monger.

    On his game, not really. If you think about it, This was similar to when McCain and Obama talked in front of the NAACP, one was welcomed more than the other. The big difference is that Obama got a standing ovation at both events.

    August 17, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Mike, Vancouver BC

    John McCain came across to me as a man stuck on war issues. Rick Warren gave up the podium too often to McCain to tell his stories of the past which I believe had no relevence to the overall interview. Senator Obama was not given that opportunity which was good because he was on point for his portion. McCain began to sound too much like Hillary duck sniper bullets in Bosnia with all of his sidebar and stump coments.

    The format was good, however I do not think it was managed equally.

    POO POO on Rick Warren.

    August 17, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. registered democrat

    McCain performed much better than BO. I can see why BO avoids debates. He did much better in debates when they asked Clinton the question first 90% of the time, and he just reiterated her knowledgeable, competent, well informed answer.

    August 17, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. tommy jonq

    obama could live without the churchie vote. mccain absolutely can not. he desperately needs their endorsement—and they can't stand him. taking tv softballs from a country club "preacher" in la-la land isn't going to cut any more mustard with the baptists and methodists for mccain than it did for romney. at least obama (like clinton) actually goes to church. mccain doesn't.

    so far as real christian voters go, mccain did nothing more last night than remind them once again that he's NOT huckabee.

    August 17, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Open Mind

    McCain was impressive last night but with his stance on abortion he didn't do himself any favours. He finally solidified his position, which I respect, but he just lost much of the independent vote in favour of the Evangelical vote (hoping they will come through for him in places like Ohio, PA).

    Obama was impressive but needs to become more direct. McCain won't be as easy a prey in the debates as I thought, but it's advantage Obama that he knows it and can prepare.

    August 17, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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