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. kelly WI

    This event sure showed the differnce between the men and the boys.
    McCain 08

    August 16, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. Frank

    Sadly, I'm uninspired by both of these candidates. I cannot in good moral conscience support either of them in the upcoming presidential election. For the first time in 30 years I will not be voting. Where have all the leaders and men of character gone?

    August 16, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. Jaime in Texas

    I think the polls are going to shift for McCain very soon.

    August 16, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. tweetimdw

    With exception of a few, McCain's answers all led back to war and force, or war stories. Even his solution for religious persecution was to use the BULLY PULPIT. I think he his suffering from serious Vietnam era PTSD.

    August 16, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    If Senator McCain says once more, "Well, my friends,. . ., " I will get sick.

    The man didn't win the contest by any means. He just kept harping about his experiences as a prisoner. Admittedly, his experiences are touching, but do they alone make him the best candidate?

    Obama gave thoughtful answers, while McCain just grinned and said the same old thing.

    August 16, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. Olivier

    Both did a great job. It is obvious that McCain will be attractive to the conservative base and his answers seem to be pre-fabricated with constant reference to personal story to affect people's emotion. Obama appeared thoughtfull but not as sharp on some questions. It will always be difficult for democrats/liberal to look sharp on abortion issues. In the end, I thought it is clear why this election will be extremely close... Great candidate with verry different views on how things are and the country should go.

    August 16, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. Judy Mitzel

    McCain avoided the questions he actually just gave war stories instead of his sincere feelings on very important issues especially religion. Obama was very open, honest and showed a deep subject matter of what he felt about religion and world issues. I'm so sick of McCain's war stories! Its more of Bush when you see and hear McCain we simply cannot survive 4 years of more wars and dictatorship with McCain.

    August 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. kim-chicago

    "MY FRIENDS"...John McCain is so predictable in his answers and no offense to your analysis but every question made a turn towards THE war...PAST wars ...FUTURE wars...when he was asked a question about his faith he avoided the question by telling a war story...it was a joke! This is the same voting block that brought us George Bush, I just hope they have learned something over the past eight years.

    August 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. ET from OMAHA

    Is that what you call a forum? McCain knows absolutely all the questions before he was asked. What made Pastor Dick very nervous asking the rest of the questions. I'am not a body language expert but I can see that.
    All I heard tonight from him was : Vietnam memories, Drill here drill there.
    What a horrible answer on persons of trust.

    August 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. Tiarella

    I think McCain evoked Reagan's name 4 times and even Mother Theresa's.

    When Mother Theresa showed Cindy McCain two orphan babies that were going to die, and Cindy brought home one, what happened to the other one? It would have been nice if the pastor had asked a follow up question so the audience could find out the fate of the other baby. It MIGHT be Mrs. McCain could only legally bring home one baby or someone else took the other, but it sounded like she left one to die.

    August 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Tina Turner

    "War Stories With John McSame" should have been the title of the forum. The guy did not answer any questions except give his canned answers he gives on the campaign trail. The one thing Republicans learned a long time ago, and now McCain is that American people prefer being pandered to over having a real conversation about complex issues in the world.

    McSame reminded me of George Bush when asked who his favorite philosopher was, he answered, "Jesus". It is this kind of nonsense pandering that has brought us the last 8 years.

    If American people vote for McSame it will mean that they approve of the last 8 years and that will give republicans a mandate to continue what they have been doing the last 8 years.

    August 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. E.C.Coleman

    So? Who's Surprised about Senator McCain? Certainly not most American Voters. John McCain is the most solid and true of the two candidates and speaks from his being. Obama is a salesman, and the Obama salesman has no core being. As we know, Obama is an empty shirt.

    August 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. Audrey

    Excuse me, but Obama got a standing ovation too. What's up with you people. Is McCain the only one who gets good remarks?

    August 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. War Monger

    Sorry McCain, we have two boys and I'm afraid if you are elected; hearing your thoughts tonight, you will eventually have them at war regardless if we can make peace, we made up our minds tonight. Obama will think things through and make peace first if possible. Thanks Rick Warren for helping us decide.

    August 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. Gaby

    Tony Perkins is being hypocritical on his faith and religion that he preaches.

    August 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. Sylvia in MA

    Brian B, If you had listened more carefully, you would realize that Obama did NOT refuse to answer the question, at what point does life begin. He said he didn't have the devine authority or wisdom to answer that question – meaning NOBODY knows the answer to that question. It's not like it's a religion 101 quiz and there's a right and wrong answer. He meant he doesn't think anyone owns that piece of knowledge, that it's subjective! How refreshing to hear.

    August 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. Dee

    McCain's wealth of experience versus Obama's, is profound. It's obvious that Obama just does not have the political depth and insight. I don't need to say anything else.

    August 16, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. CNN

    CNN, Can you please be more fair to Obama? Geesh. McCain is great this great that. Obama is great too!!

    August 16, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Gaby

    Response to Open your eyes America, yes I also think that McCain knew the questions before hand.

    August 16, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Ike

    By the way on the question about the Supreme Court justices. McCain named every justice that the evangelicals would not want, but yet voted for each and every one of them!!! Did he forget? Or was he pandering.

    August 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Jim

    Definition of rich $5 million? Come on man!!

    August 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Tubby The Tuba

    McSame is a war monger! Obama is a peace maker! How many more American lives do you all want to destroy?

    August 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. Tony Conner

    McCain is now starting to change his pow stories again by adding words for political points which confirms my problems with him. He is now trying to change his own pow stories to win votes. This is dishonorable in my view and should be voiced. And it now shows why people are calling him The Manchurian Candidate.

    August 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Gaby

    It was no lightning round Candy, your analysis is just not on point..

    August 16, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    Senator McCain really scares me the way he talks about war – like a bully. He must know that there is probably someone on the playground that is just as bad or will do more harm than the U.S. could ever do. The people going over there to fight these wars are from the U.S. are someone's loved one and we don't take it lightly. If there is a possibility of sitting down at the table to discuss things and try to work out something before striking up a war then lets try that.

    McCain also sounded very rehearsed in his answers – I guess he pulled a couple of all nighters cramming for it.

    August 16, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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