August 16th, 2008
09:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Crowley: McCain talks his way into a 'lightning round'

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - Asked whether he believes in merit pay for teachers, McCain said yes - and let's find the bad teachers other jobs. The crowd loved it.

Warren pointed out to the staccato McCain - who was reeling off short, direct responses - that he was answering the questions so quickly he might face a few more (or, as Warren called it, "the lightning bonus round.")

Like Obama, McCain uses the "define rich" question to talk about taxes - where there is a very real, very big difference between the two.

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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Gaby

    CNN, lacked in the analysis of this forum aired tonight, with the exception of Roland Martin.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. alison

    how is John McCain going to achieve any of the "feel good" one liners he spouted?

    Obama was thoughtful and honest.
    The press declares this nuance and that the American people don't do "nuance"

    We just came off of eight years of fast answers and no solutions – McCain sees everything from a perspective of war - in many ways he is more frightening than Bush

    This was a home team for McCain – but no one could resonably deny Obama his due.I think he impressed many of the evangelicals.

    Two points:
    1: someone should ask John Lewis how close he is to McCain (like when McCain voted consistently against MLK day in his state and at the federal level)
    2:McCain voted to confirm the Supreme Court justices he declares he would not support (Ginsberg. Breyer)

    How about some reporting by the news media instead of drooling and reacting to their own insular expectations they set for themselves?

    August 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Ralph Peoria, Il

    Reading todays obituaries, I found it interesting that only two of the dead were older than John McCain. The other ten were younger.

    Would someone please check his pulse?

    August 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. jdm

    This was a stage event! If you watch it again, Mcain anwser questions before they where ask! He couldn't wait to ask before he answers the questions. This reminds me of Bush comment to 'bring'em on". This dude knew what to say before he was ask!!!!!
    Mcain is a fraud!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. ricardo williams

    McCain is George Bush in the flesh. WAR WAR WAR. Can't hold a conversation. Short jabs just like the movement of his arms.
    You're living in the past man, get a grip with the future.

    August 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. Virginia

    We need a leader with international (global) experience. Our community likes Obama, but he isn't ready to run this huge complicated country. We will vote for McCain this time and look for Obama to run again once he knows where all the states are located.


    August 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Gaby

    McCain is just hypocritical, tries to paint on a pretty face in his so called town hall meetings, but he is by far the straight talk express.

    August 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. lil

    I totally agree.

    August 16, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Monica, Texas

    Hmmmmm....Are we sure McCain did not get his questions in advance?????

    August 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. tammy

    This forum was horrible. I think that mcCaine was prepped and or fed questions. I do think Warren was a different interviewer with McCaine letting hom stump, when it shouldn't be a stumping ground.

    I can't wait to these two talk about the issues. Not War. Issues right here in good old America. I am curious to know... how John is so quick to resolve problems in other peoples country.. hows he going to resolve the problems in our own.

    Obama 08

    Peased off

    August 16, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. Substance versus Crap

    Obama has substance on values, where as McCain had stump crap speech. McCain is ready to wage war. He sees evil only in Osama Bin Laden. he need to recognise the evil in America- fathers abusing daughters. Corsi's Obama Nation book is evil. Is he going to defeat it ?McCain talked about his adopted daughter from Bangladesh- a muslim. Why did he say he adopted a muslim gilr?
    Why is it his daughter can be a christian but not Obama.. Obama's speech is inspiring, McCain's is a stump speech.
    McCain is an elist. His definition of rich is some one who makes 5 million is not rich?
    I am sorry I didn't like McCain's speech. Very arrogant, and responded to a few questions without thinking through.
    No diplomatic answers, no forging partnerships with other nations.
    Telling carefully crafted personal stories for sympathy.
    Values? Obafma's answers- Wife, mother, grandmother- McCain-trusts general patreus?
    McCain- you should write a book on war experiences . Obama – you make a good president.

    August 16, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    No wonder MCcain was comfortable because he is in Orange County Ca. home of the republican and who knows of rehearse question. Did you observe his body language?

    August 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  13. Nick

    That's hardly an answer. Obama gave an EXCELLENT response to the same question. He didn't pander to his audience, like McCain.

    August 16, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. aware

    McCain made his case to the American people, not just the evangelicals, in this forum! He will make a great president.

    Obama, the equivocating professor, is definately not ready for the oval office!

    McCain 08! 🙂

    August 16, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Sue

    Interesting – I still will not vote for McCain. He was too focused on war.

    August 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Sabreen60

    Obama's intellect is far superior to McCain's. If you think McCain answered the questions because he gave one-liners then you were not listening critically. McCain is war and Vietnam. Who was the first person he named that he would listen to – a military general???? Really?? Is this country going to be ruled by the military??? You better think long and hard before you vote for McCain. Even Pat Buchanan (whom I detest) said that McCain is basically a warmonger.

    August 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Rev.Warren,

    Some of your questions were not value or faith related. Besides you couldn't control McCain from stump speech. I know you learned a lot from Obama. Atleast we accomplishef one thing.
    Obama is the right president for America and for the world..

    August 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Xavier

    McCain went round and round so much without giving any direct answers that he gave me whiplash. He didnt answer the what is considered rich question. He jokingly said 5 million, so I guess that should tell you the type of people he hangs around with. A real person of the people huh?

    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Willie Mae

    War, War, and more War. Get ready McCain will find somebody to fight if we ever get out of the two we are in. Draft, Draft, Draft. and the news media want a war, just like before.

    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. Andrew in Alabama

    John McCain tonight blew me away. His legendary straight forwardness and honesty were on display. WIth McCain, what you see is what you get and I cannot wait to get another chance to sit in front of my TV with my jaw dropped.

    McCain will be a great POTUS and rank up there with the legends before him .

    God Bless the USA and John McCain.


    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian





    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. CJ

    Scary the 3 that Obama would take advice from. Michelle? Get real!!!!
    Michael Phelps is a real winner – why not take advice from him. Get it!!!

    August 16, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. Phyllis

    Candy, You should be ashamed that you didn't mention that Obama answered the questions directly and thoughfully instead you said nuanced(which you know is code for not answered) while McCain who had to have had a list of these questions,literally answered the questions before they were even asked of him. He mentioned being a POW and told POW stories more than anything and would not answer how he could to not raise taxes but was going to make everyone rich ?When asked about his moral failures, sheesh no details just failure of first about how he cheated on his 1st wife with the current Mrs. Cindy McCain. Adultery not a sin anymore how about Rick Warren saying that he could never vote for an adulterer these little details not being underscored make you seem like the hack that you are.

    August 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. Dollar Bill

    It's my understanding that the evangelicals helped Bush win in '04, so I guess we can put some of the blame on them for the war and a bad economy. And if they are so religious, why are they so into politics. It sounds like they are a bunch of judgemental, self centered radicals hiding behind religion.

    August 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Bob, Rochester NY

    Short and direct (even if not too sweet). What a refreshing CHANGE. As opposed to the "So you think you can dance" politician. In all seriousness, McCain actually impressed me tonight, while Obama demonstrated how shallow he is without a teleprompter. If nothing else McCain received his early Christmas present this last week, from of all places...the Russians. McCain at least gives some HOPE that we can have a leader to deal with future issues and threats, both foreign and domestic. Whereas Obama would simply bore them into submission trying to figure out what he is attempting to articulate.

    August 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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