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. Pater servius, Ft. Myers

    Too bad there's no market for a vaudeville show.
    These guys would be a hit if we didn't have to take them seriously.

    July 21, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Mouthpiece For GOP

    I'm sure this makes McCain happy, after begging Barack for months to have a townhall debate. The Gods are truly smiling on him now, but wait until November.

    Warren's sole purpose for this meeting is to make McCain shine, which is hard to do.

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. NewYorker Magazine Rocks

    You all hate Mccain but this is what is see....

    Obama is for taxes
    Obama is for abortion
    Obama is for affirmative action...

    Who sounds better now!!!

    July 21, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Bossom Buddies

    The power of a president. I'm sure this whole meeting was GW's idea. He probably called his buddy Warren to set it up. This is not good for Barack as Saddleback is a redneck church.

    July 21, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. MO for McCain

    Obama is too scared to have a town hall meeting. What sound does a chicken make? Barrack Barrack...ha ha

    He wants a teleprompter and a big crowd, gawd forbid he has to answer real questions and the media's not going to ask him any real questions.

    He's not good at debating either, Hillary beat him everytime!

    July 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    Hum... Not sure I am cool with this ... Church and State is supposed to be separate. I don't think that Obama should have to entertain McCain’s conservative audience... These self righteous people gets on my nerves however, another opportunity for America to see John and Obama right next to each other... shouldn't be hard to pick who one would like to represent the US... Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Nicole. LA

    Would someone please call this election off--we just cannot have a 100 year old President-maybe there will be a miracle at the Republican convention and they'll pick a real candidate--I know the Republicans have just been fooling us up until now.

    July 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Kathy Loves Obama

    Dear Kathy,

    Sound like sour grapes already. Honey, you just wait until November. He will lead this country first and get us out of the mess that the GOP created.

    Oh and he will be going to Africa and doing a whole lot more for that continent on a humanitarian level than Bush ever did.

    July 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Joe

    I can't wait to see this.

    I wonder if McCain will lose his temper like he usually does and attack Obama.

    July 21, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Couldn't Resist

    If Obama has two chins, then McCain has fifty.

    July 21, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Gwen

    The author of "Purpose Driven Life" is a nutcase. He's also GW's buddy. That says it all.

    July 21, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Griff

    I did not know Chubby Checker, worked for the Obama Campagne. This Idiot is twisting everything...Borack Obama voted for Nothing.. Because he was not there..Idiot......

    July 21, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Debby, NJ

    Don't Be Scared McShamealots
    It's going to be alright

    July 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. B.Hawkins

    For the all the people complaining about all the Pro Obama postings. Has it occurred to you that many more people are excited by the hope of Obama as opposed to the negative fear,smear,gloom and doom of the rebups. More people want change as opposed to McSame the same same.

    July 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. smile!!!!!!

    check mc c´s ear piece, he´ll probably have one to hear joe lierman tell him what to say, sorry! no teleprompters flipper.

    July 21, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Where's the Popcorn?

    What I would give to be there to watch this! Obama and McCain speaking at the same place... It's a no win situation for McCain

    July 21, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Francis

    Warren will NEVER give John McCain tough questions because he's for John McCain. This is a setup.

    John knew Barack would ignore his pleas for a townhall meeting, so he called his buddy Warren. What a joke.

    July 21, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Chip

    McCain just mentioned a border between Iraq and Pakistan today. He's no Mr. Foreign Policy.

    July 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Denny

    Heck, McCain will probably stay at Warren's place. Warren is so Republican. This is a joke.

    July 21, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I think this will be great to watch. Everyone tape it, it will be a part of history. All of you hillary supporters, you need to get over it and move on. You were the whiners Gramm was talking about.

    July 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Karen - Missouri

    Is McCain going to stick to the question at hand or go off as usual on a tangent against Obama or on Iraq? That's the only 2 things McCain ever talks about , you know.

    July 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Mike in Houston

    Phil July 21st, 2008 4:34 pm ET wrote:

    Everybody seems to forget that Saddam and his sons were terrible people, they tortured, killed and raped thousands of Iraqis. But when it comes to Liberal causes they want America to help everybody but when it comes to military action they change their mind. How about saving Darfur? Once we have exhausted all diplomatic avenues and it comes down to sending in UN forces or our own troops the Liberals will turn on that cause and get mad that we are using force.

    Okay so did N.Korea's president, The Chinese government killed theor own citizens, but we did not invade them, why, because we would got our butts handed to us. And the reason the Bush Administration has done nothing for Darfur is the same reason why we did nothing to Saudi Arabia even though most of the highjackers on 9/11 were from there because they are in bed with the Sudan government. Has nothng to do with Liberals. The Sudan government keeps giving the US govt leads on where to "find" Al-Qeuda higher ups to make it seem like we are actually doing something in the so called war on terror, and in return, we turn a blind eye to what they are doing to millions of people. Dude your an idiot and know what you are talking about before you decided to speak.

    July 21, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Vivienne

    McCain can only talk about being against abortion. He doesn't have any other Christian views to hang his cane on.

    July 21, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. scott

    I thought the name of the church was BrokeBack. Why is mclame not wearing a flagpin in this picture?

    July 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. PUMA-Jessie

    Just as sonn as Obama makes up his mind to what they want to hear, he will tell them . He is a serial flip flopper and will do or say any thing to get elected. He has flip flopped on FISA, abortion, gun control. public financing, an undivided Jerusalem, church based institutions to deliver public serices to the poor, the war and deployment of troops (now going to send them to Afganistan),teachers pay and social security taxes.He has his finger in the wind and just as soon as he see or feels any change he goes with the change. Little or no back bone, just the same old politican that we have been hearing from all of the time.

    July 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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