August 17th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Did you miss the forum? Catch the replay on CNN

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(CNN) - Did you miss the candidates' faith forum?

Don't worry - you can catch the whole program on

Watch the forum: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Hear what Barack Obama and John McCain have to say about abortion, same sex marriages, leadership and faith.

You can also watch a replay of the forum Sunday night on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Jean

    Rick Warren is a snake with too much money and power.

    August 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. jsg




    August 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. bellabella

    What ever happened to the separation of church and state?????

    August 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. ray

    Obama took too much time with his answers last night.

    And then he ruffled the feathers of the Church when he did not commit to conception beginning life.

    And perhaps he didn’t share the warm stories apparently sought by those who are saying McCain had a great night.

    But if there is one thing for sure that Obama did not do last night it was pander.

    Lost in the accolades John McCain has received today from the Christian right is the undeniable fact that any remnants of John McCain ‘The Maverick’ died on that stage last night. John McCain pandered. Once respected for his willingness to do what he, and only he, felt was right, John McCain finally sold what was left of his once respected soul.

    John McCain ‘The Maverick’ is dead. Conservatives are now left with McBush.

    And for this American, that is a shame.

    August 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Edna

    McCain biggest moral failing was not his divorce. It was cheating on his wife, while he was married and LEAVING her while she was sick with kids.

    If he doesn't own up to that, he'll never be a good president. He has a character flaw and everyone knows it.

    August 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Ed

    Rick Warren has on the tackiest toupe I've ever seen.

    August 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Ted:Canada

    As an educator in a certain dicipline I can tell you that John has some deep routed problems he still needs to work out.

    He needs professional help with his experience in Vietnam.

    It doesn't mean he does not qalify to be president of the US – he just needs some Psychological help.

    In the interm – if he does become president get ready and dig out your old BOMB SHELTER books. There is new material on the market that will help you with radiations unless of course you are in the middle of the center of impact.

    CNN you should start with a special on how to bulid a home bases boom shelter – three easy steps

    August 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. mel

    Kathleen if female VP or Male kaine. Abortion to me is like murder.
    Only if a woman rape or to save her life to allow abortion. If you
    don't want a child than use protection are get stop. President do
    not have that control anyway,just really and opinion of his .Ours
    concern is the economy,gas oil,jobs and more income for america
    peoples to keep up with rising cost. I am want a president that
    will concern himself domestic issues more so than foriegn policy.
    The war is something watch but not focus hard we neglect our
    local problem especially the homeles and illegal suck up the
    welfare system and having babies in record breaking numbers,
    which cost the tax payer.Voter be ware of this growing problems.

    August 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Watched the entire two hours – congratulations to Pastor Rick for a very civil forum, indeed. Can't convince me though that McCain didn't have some advance knowledge of the questions – maybe that "cone of silence" wasn't so airtight?? It was McCain's audience so of course he pandered to their most pressing concerns (abortion, SC Judges) and leaned on his POW stories. Clearly Obama was the more thoughtful which appeals to me personally. I'm tired of a President who's quick on the draw, convinced that every problem has a simple solution – and he knows just what the solution is! Conventions coming, things will really heat up soon – I'm working hard for Obama in Florida!! Heaven help us all if we get four more years of cowboy diplomacy and big-money republican rule....

    August 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    It was good of Mccain to mention that he failed at his first marriage, but he for got to mention that he broke one of the 10 commandments. Thou shalt not commit adultry. And once again he had to start talking about the war again, who cares to listen too that. No matter how you look at it he is still four more years of Bush. He should pick Willy, or Edwards as his vp, cause they also commited adultry, so this what you want running the white hous.

    August 17, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. DR. YES

    i cant watch mccain again.if i hear 'my friends' one more time i'll be sick.not funny how mccain plagiarized his 'cross story',from solhenitzen's book about HIS time in the 'gulag'.this after plagiarizing his history of georgia from wikipedia.maybe he should try a little more 'honesty'?

    August 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Bill Charlotte, NC

    Watch Obama's sleepy answers and McSame's stump speeches.

    Obama seemed to be needing another vacation and McSame told his same war stories and gave his same old stump speech lines... no matter the questions... sometimes, before the questions. McSame hi-lites? "I'm going to get Bin Laden... We are going to win in Iraq... Drill here, drill now (I'm not kidding).

    One question I would like for some wise pundit to address... Why has John Edwards been completely excorated over his affair and John McSame hasn't been? The media insisted that John was finished while John, with the same "moral failing" is running for president.... with NO mention of his background!

    August 17, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Rickymo

    Why there is air time given to these relgious loons is beyond me. Its like these people own everyone else's morality. Pity

    August 17, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. David

    According to Senator McCain, there are only six 'rich' super models in the America. I am serious... Just look it up on
    This guy is out of touch.

    August 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Jim

    Anyone notice the McCain and Obama responses about education? Obama answered the questions after they were asked. McCain answered the questions before the questions were asked. How could he do that unless the 'cone of silence' was not working or he had the questions in advance.

    August 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Dayahka

    I watched McCain. He never seemed to answer any question, he just seemed to repeat some of what I take it to have been excerpts from his standard stump speech.

    August 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Enlightened Voter

    Barack answered all questions with his thoughtful brilliant judgment. McVietnam on the other hand talked so much about Vietnam and his experiences that it made me very uncomfortable. Is he like okay? He reminded me of my grandmother who has Alzheimers.

    August 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Former Repuglican

    Mccain at the forum reminded me of my 90 year old grandfather who has dementia. All i remember him talking about was his experiences at Vietnam.

    August 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. JB.Hi.

    It was very informing and telling. I have to say that I was truly surprised at how well Mr. McCain did. We all know that Obama is a good speaker,but McCain held his own very well. This is the way to get a decent read on what your candidate is all about and the questions were down to earth.

    August 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Wayne

    Notice Senator McCain saying "CAN WE GO BACK TO THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES QUESTION?" .. the problem is THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES QUESTION had not been asked of Senator McCain yet, so really there was no question to go back to ..the Question had been asked of Senator Obama earlier .. It appears Senator McCain was able to hear through the walls of "The Cone of Silence" as he said he had tried to do(jokingly) but what is much more likely is he KNEW THE QUESTIONS BEFORE THEY WERE ASKED !!

    August 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    It is evident that Rick Warren had given John McSpeedy Answer
    the questions. He even mentioned the question about Supreme
    Justices before he was asked. How did he know about that question
    if he was in a sound proof booth and had never seen the questions.
    Barack though about the questions before answering them and was
    very humble and honest. This reminds me of the ABC debates with
    the commentors in the bed with the Clintons. The American people
    can see straight through farce. John McCain stated that "vouchers
    works". Senator before you talk about poor teachers, brush up on
    your English. Can we find you another job!

    August 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. John

    Mccain clearly won by a mile – Obama was lost and would ask Michelle and his Grandma what to do about Russia Iran and an Energy crisis. One of the worst performances I've seen Obama in and now realise why he won't go head to head with Sen. Mccain in a townhall meeting.. That would all be but the end of the Obama campaign...

    August 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Gracie

    I'm NOT watching this mess again. The whole forum was rigged.

    John McCain KNEW the answers in advance and his responses were so evident. He did NOTHING but "campaign" on his issues of WAR, WAR, WAR. That was his focus.

    He didn't share his FAITH, he PANDERED to the faith based audience who supports him! John McCain didn't answer the questions, he made told "sad" stories to gain sympathy, nothing more.

    I found Rev. Rick's inability to control John McCain's ranting very sad and very one-sided.

    I will never watch another forum, etc. with OLD MAN McCain. His panderings during the forum last night turned me off.

    August 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. AJ

    Do you want to elect a President who could not even define who the "rich" in this country are? McCain waffled on this question when asked by Pastor Warren. He started his answer by saying he knows lot of rich people in this country who are not happy (they must have contributed to his campaign!!) and then went on to say some irrelevant stuff. If you don't believe me, listen to his answer. Also his reference to Iraq war and how he was going to handle it was obnoxious (this guy can't get over it) and his mentioning of putting "my country first" several times was also demeaning to the values of his opponent. Do you believe even for 1 second that Obama doesn't put "our country first" in his quest for presidency? Give me a break!!!

    August 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. PWZ

    What ever happened to separation of Church and state. I am a not interested in what a candidate's personal views on religion are. And how they may affect their presidency. Also what their faith is will hinder how they will govern. When did this become a viable forum in the bid to the White House? Am I the only person that is disturbed by this?

    August 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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