July 21st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain, Obama to share stage

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/21/art.split.gi.jpg caption="McCain and Obama will share the same stage."](CNN) - John McCain and Barack Obama will share a stage next month, shortly before officially claiming their parties’ presidential nominations.

Both men will appear at a forum at Pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church August 16 – and briefly appear on stage together before being interviewed separately by the “Purpose-Driven Life” author.

“This is a critical time for our nation and the American people deserve to hear both candidates speak from the heart – without interruption – in a civil and thoughtful format absent the partisan ‘gotcha’ questions that typically produce heat instead of light,” said Warren in a statement released Monday.

He added that he viewed both men as friends, but “they also know I will be raising questions… beyond what political reporters typically ask,” including issues like climate change, human rights, poverty and HIV/AIDS.

The Saddlebrook forum will be co-sponsored by Faith in Public Life, which co-organized a similar event with CNN at Messiah College in advance of the Pennsylvania primary.

Barack Obama’s campaign has made an ambitious effort – unprecedented from a Democratic White House hopeful - to reach religious voters this campaign cycle. "Senator Obama has consistently been one of our nation's leaders in addressing the role of faith in his own life and the lives of the American people,” said Josh Dubois, National Director of Religious Affairs for the Obama campaign. “He's looking forward to going back to Saddleback with his good friend Pastor Rick Warren - where he already spoke in 2006 - to talk about the role of values in solving some of our nation's most pressing challenges, and what all Americans can do to bridge religious divides and move our country forward.”

John McCain – whose campaign has worked hard to hold on to conservative Christians who typically vote Republican – got a major boost Sunday with the news that long-time critic James Dobson of Focus on the Family was weighing an endorsement of the presumptive Republican nominee.

“John McCain has a strong record of working on the issues that are important with pro-family voters,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds of the Arizona senator’s decision to participate in the August forum. “Our campaign is working diligently to build even greater support for Senator McCain’s message of reform, prosperity and peace – so we are encouraged by signals of additional supporters and new venues for our conversation with voters.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Obama looks like he has two chins, what's up with that?

    July 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Jon

    Yeah Clinton 08 VP we should elect them so that they can serve a 6? year term.

    apparantly you don't know much about the president because they only have 4 year terms.

    Senators get 6 year terms

    If you are going to post get your facts straight.

    July 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Beverly NYC.

    Let McCain speak first that way Barack can wake up the crowd.______________________________________________

    McCain can't even speak clearly, his written was rejected by NYTimes because he can't write.
    Naive of you to think Obama will learn anything from MCCain' speech when in fact he doesn't speak without looking at the screen. All his speech were either written for him or copy into screen for him.

    What to learn from McCflipflopper when he talks from both side of his mouth and he is for all issues and against all issues or against them and for them.

    What to learn from MCCain beverly NYC other flip flop.

    Well you will live to see Obama has your next president Of the United state of America. I think coward is not appropriate to call Obama or any candidate will stand out to represent America . Before they debate both candiate have to accept their party nomination. So it is premature to use these words.

    If it was easy i bet you would have run for the president of the united state. So, be mindful of what you say when you can't even stand to run for councilor of your area.
    It very naive to judge perople by colour.

    Niddgea NFTIL

    July 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. E for Obama

    Bush and McCain should be arrested and thrown in prison for STUPIDITY!!!

    They are purposely ignoring the fact that the Iraqi government is requesting a time table for withdrawl. CNN please get to the bottom of this by investigating this administration's foriegn policy. There is something else going on here besides blatant stupidity.

    July 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Tuma

    What's up with this Jesus politics again? Have not the last 8 yrs been all about Jesus? Have we forgotten where Jesus politics landed us?

    July 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. jFA

    I mistakingly wrote: "baa so libertarian and libertine anarchy", it should have read "...TO libertarian and libertine anarchy" and I severely mangled the spelling of "ecclesiastical", my bad.

    July 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Typical White Person

    For all you guys ranting that this is a violation of the separation of church and state...

    Please keep in mind that you can choose to not attend this forum if it is not in line with your particular view. Just as you can choose to not attend the NAACP forum if you feel the focus is not in line with your particulare view. No government agency is forcing you to practice or endorse a particular religion which is what the concept (not a law) of separation of church and state is all about.

    Just because you are a Godless liberal doesn't mean we all are...

    July 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Mike, TX

    We all saw Obama's faith manifested in Rev. Wright. That kind of faith is what makes race relations so difficult to improve.

    Obama's faith is in AFRICA. Has been for 20 years. His religion is one of victimization and handouts.

    That Obama supporters cannot see this is proof that America has been dumbing down for decades.

    July 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Shay, VA

    Brian from NYC July 21st, 2008 4:06 pm ET

    Hey just another example of affirmative action in the long list of affirmative action victories for Barack Hussein Obama. First getting into college, then Harvard Law, then the law review, now affirmative action on the political field. NY Times feels the need to defend obama, not print opposing views, would that make Barack look wrong? There is no way we can question Obama's intelligence on the issue that would be disrespectful, maybe hurt his feelings

    This may be one of the most racist, intellectually dishonest, sensationalist comments I have ever read in response to a political article.

    I could respond in great length as to why that comment is completely insane; I could also just brush off your comment as irrelevant. But it's comments like this and people like you that perpetuate the stereotype that Obama's rise to political power has been a result of charity instead of hard work and sacrifice. Comments like yours belong in the same group of the uninformed that also believe that Obama is a muslim and a terrorist.

    Do some research on the subject. You may be surprised that Obama's life has been full of dedication, perseverance, and honest work, just like everyone else irregardless of skin color or religion.

    You should be ashamed

    July 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Mike, Iowa

    yay another event where McCain can be against everything Obama is for and talk down to him for not being such "war hero" like himself and and blame him and the deomcrats for all that is wrong with our country and blah blah blah and brag about the "surge" yet ignore everything that led up to the surge. McCain sounds like an old burntout football coach that dreams of winner the big game for his own glory. I dont care about winning or losing becuase no one ever truely wins a war. Over 4000 dead to me is not a victory. Ive had it with my why or the highway politics which is what causes so much war to begin with we sanction and bully countries until they have had enough and start pushing back. War does not create peace it creates more war. Dont tell me you hate war but want to stay at war for as long as it takes to "win"

    July 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    This is a conservative pro-life group it will be fun to see obama squirm and pander. They will not be voting for him in november this will be comical.
    Mc 08
    Hillary 2012

    July 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Carmon, Minneapolis

    Good, Because if you thought McCain looks old wait until he stands next to Obama

    July 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. RCLGuard

    Oh, this is going to be juicy. Expect McCain to make some stupid, jumbled-up comments. And Obama to be eloquent, smart and smooth. Can't wait.

    July 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. ali

    good,it will be nice to compare the intelligence gap ,that is quite obviously in baracks favor.besides,im upset that mccain just moved our border northward,eliminating our friends,the former canadian people.

    July 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. BFD

    I'm not sure this is a good idea. I don't think McCain can handle the excitement Obama will bring to the event. Will Obama be held responsible if Johny Boy has a heart attack on stage?

    July 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Tuma

    Hasn't McCain slammed these God people "agents of intolerance" which I think they rightly are?

    July 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Barry

    Can't wait for them to ask each candidate to name the first 10 books of the Old Testament. Obama will breeze thru, while McCain will stay stuck on Genesis.

    July 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Julien_From France

    cnn why didn't you put my previous comments?
    Thank you

    are you making discriminations with us? dont forget we are your allies.


    July 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Steven, AR

    To the person asking what was wrong with McCain's left cheek: he's had a malignant melanoma removed from his face...I thought this was common knowledge, but, there you go.

    July 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. dormar

    Left his sick for this one

    July 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Lisa S - St. Louis MO


    Nice racist comment...why don't YOU go to some 3rd-world country so someone can skewer you and put you on a spit to roast...you need to MATURE for awhile...

    July 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Candy West Virginia

    If I remember correctly Obama agreed to a debate in july but mcflipflopper refused after bashing Obama for not debating him. McCain, you wear me out. BTW do you have any plans on anything? Or is your whole strategy to criticize Obama so we all don't notice.

    July 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. He's special

    Obama believes in God. He just thinks it's himself.

    July 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. VB

    Sharing the stage with Obama, will be disastrous for Mccain...He is going to look like a senile old man compared to Obama. It is going to be like the Kennedy/Nixon debate of 1960

    July 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. JIM...TX

    Kathy@ 427....you REALLY are a racist full of hatred aren't you...he should campaign in Africa....I'm betting you one of those tired sore loser PUMA's!

    July 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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