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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  1. CHRIST IN TRUE

    MCCAIN AND THE RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE OUT OF CONTROL. GOD DOES NOT SUPPORT WAR, LIES AND THE USE OF GODS NAME TO ATTACK THE POOR OR DISADVANTAGE. McCAIN ON HIS SECOND MARRIAGE IS NOT A COMMITTED CHRISTIAN!

    August 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. SCOTT

    LIES, ILLUSION AND DECEPTION

    August 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Obama - the smart candidate

    It was so obvious that he knew the questions before they were asked. McSame did not even wait until he heard the questions before he gave his same old, same old war stories – Yawn! Obama is thoughtful, intelligent, and nuanced, just what I expect my President to be.
    McSame was captured in another unpopular war that we did not win so that makes him Presidential?

    Obama & anyone but Clinton 08

    August 17, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Why not?

    That's what you call it? "On his game"? I'd call it rattling off talking points and not giving any substantial answers. It's apparent McCain is the candidate hoping to float by on image not substance. I was disappointed in McCains approach, it could have been the produce aisle at Piggly Wiggly. It's a shame all he has was talking points.

    August 17, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Ed

    That Rick Warren was a very poor moderator, he clearly favoured McCain and I also think McCain got the questions in advance. McCain figure that by saying the words "my friends" every six or seven sentences, the fools will line up for him.

    August 17, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. SCOTT

    MCCAIN AND THE RIGHT WING RESPONSE TO TAXES IS TO DROP THE CORPORATE TAX RATE TO 25% IN WHICH 60% DON'T PAY TAXES AND CUT TAXES FOR THE RICH. HOW ABOUT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN? OH WELL HE HAS MILLIONS.

    OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA!

    August 17, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. suebee

    I was inspired by Senator McCain. He made me feel safe and I am definitely voting for him. I voted for Hillary in the Primary.

    August 17, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Chandler in NC

    Yes, McCain was on his game- his political game. Pandering at its best. Giving answers to questions before they were asked and trying to steer the conversation toward issues he wanted to speak on.

    For those of you who think McCain knew the questions before hand- I agree with you.

    August 17, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Ed, NC

    My mind is made up now. I will be voting for McCain. I heard several others say that today, too.

    August 17, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. D Gilmour

    This forum – from the moderator to the audience to the questions and coverage – was a scripted conservative event. McCain and the audience fed off of each other. There were war stories galore – all told with teary eyes and a big knowing smile. This was a slice of America that definitely isn't representative of the overall change and hardship we've been going through for the past 7-1/2 years.

    August 17, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Gary

    I liked this forrum and thought it was very fair. But,. I would also like to see a town meeting forum as well. I think it would be very important to see both candidates side by side in an impromptu setting.

    August 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Christian

    McCain is an adulterer.

    August 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. David Armendale, SF, CA

    Tough-talkin' McCain has repeatedly claimed that he knows how to catch Bin Laden. Uh... OK...
    If he wants to put his country first, wouldn't he want to explain to President Cheney how to go about capturing Bin Laden RIGHT fxxking NOW, instead of waiting to become president. Oh, and tough-talkin' George should probably know McCain's super secret plan too – you know – the George W. Bush who was supposedly in charge when the terrorists hit us on 9/11.

    August 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Dave

    I don't think I watched the same forum the analysts did... McCain was stiff and pandered a number of times ("a decision that took a lot of prayer I might add..."). Obama wasn't polished but came across as very thoughtful, and as someone who's willing to listen.

    And seriously, I'm getting a little fed up with McCain saying "my friends."

    August 17, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. MartiM in Plan

    I want to see the same forum, in front of a live audienc, but the host and questioner is John Stewart, with the audience decidedly independent/skeptical/"liberal". What fun!

    P.S. Conservatives wouldn't know "nuance" if it hit them in the head.

    August 17, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. EA

    One thing people need to keep in mind here, is this was supposed to be an intimate dialogue regarding issues related to evangelicals, and not the stump as McCain semed to think it was. If you think for one second, that McCain was not fed the questions proir to coming out, I have land to sell you in Alaska for $1. What would have ben nice would to have seen McCain let the pastor ask the question instead of answering quickly(fed the aswers)so that he could rant on his stump speech.

    August 17, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Phoenix

    McCain soared tonight? If this is soaring, prepare for an Obama presidency....

    OBAMA '08, '12 (LOOK OUT HISTORY BOOKS)

    August 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Clif, Ga.

    Yeah! you would be on your game too if you knew the questions beforehand. If they would have shown McCain in a soundproof booth listening to some of that crazy music he likes, i might be more convinced that he didn;t know about them in advance. No one expected McCain to respond that way because he doesn't have it in him. Don't you remember when he was asked about healthcare paying for viagra. He put his hand over his mouth with his eyeballs rolling back in his head. As he would say "my friends we are all Georgians". Give me a break.

    August 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Jill

    I would just like to inform everyone that McCalin heard all of the question as the questions were giving to Obama. McCain answered better because he cheated and was very dishonest. McCain should have told Rick that he heard Obama's questions and answers, but instead he put on a POW show and avoid the answers to the questions. If he never heard the questions how did he answer the questions before Rick even asked him the questions? If you would look at the clip again you would see McCain answering the questions before Rick actually asked them.; review the clips and you can see it for yourself. The man is a lier and great cheat||!! Do we really want someone like John McCain for out next president? Some lies lead to BIG LIES!!!!

    Jill

    August 17, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Mr Republican

    Surprisely, illegal immigration never came up again. I suppose we would of heard, "God's children" answer followed by applause. Meaning, what he really wants is amnesty.

    August 17, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Abe

    I HEARD ALL OF THE QUESTIONS BEFORE I WALKED ON STAGE.

    IM JOHN McBUSH AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.

    August 17, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. steve a, texas

    He can look straight at the camera and audiance and lie just as good as Bush, I can see him now saying "mushroom cloud" and "yellow cake urainium". And,yes, I'm getting a little tired of war/pow stories. McCain made an issue out of Obama saying "by the way did I mention he black", ....Oh, by the way did I mention he was a POW,....enuff,already.........

    August 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. SamSunny

    McCain was more antimated. However, this was advertised as the candidates giving sincere answers and not stump speech responses.
    I thought Obama put more thought into his answers and was trying to be as honest as he possibly could. I thought McCain had some canned answers, strictly stump speech stuff, and a lot of POW stories.
    Considering Orange County is the mother lode for Republicans, I would say they had McCain's back all the way. The problem with McCain is today's answers are not necessarily the same answers he will give tomorrow.

    August 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Bob

    I think they both did a good job and showed their colors. McCain just has more experience. If anyone is on the fence, they will not be after the debates...you can not replace experience. and Obama does not have any....the job is above his pay grade...period.

    August 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Deb

    Why should two candidates for the presidency have to participate in a spectacle like this anyway? A person's relationship with God should be personal and not put on display to satisfy the religious right. John McCain pandered to that constituency with pat answers. I find it very disturbing that we've reached the point where our candidates have to submit to a fundamentalist litmus test.

    August 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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