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. Vig

    Obama has about as much depth as a rock star.

    August 17, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  2. Arland Otte

    Bill Schneider and others may praise the format, but if the Obama people continue to permit a very partisan audience to project the images they did tonite on national TV, Obama is going to lose a race he should win by a landslide. Politics is a contact sport; you do NOT give your opponent an audience that loudly cheers every partisan comment McCain makes! I am appalled at the naivite of the Obama campaign to agree to this conservative religious setting and angry as a democrat. Even the cameras were focused on Cindy McCain with no apparent presence of Michelle Obama. Color me furious!

    August 17, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  3. Dave

    Mccain gave very narrow minded answers to hard tough questions with no vision for the American people It is clear Mccain vision for the American people is war. and his war stories, Obama vision for the American people is broad and well thought out with excellent policies and good directions for the American people and thinking situation through before action. Mccain clearly will just act before thinking. Mccain was awful.

    August 17, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  4. An Independent Perspective

    I don't understand how people could decipher what Obama was saying with his halting speech style and non-committal answers- is this supposed to be "thoughtful" and "nuanced"? No, it sounded like he was unprepared. Obama answered only half the questions in his hour that McCain eloquently did. Despite both candidates getting the questions beforehand, it's unbelievable that the great "orator" of the 21st century, Barack Obama, came across as practically unintelligible.

    I can now see why:

    a) Obama doesn't want town halls with McCain

    b) Obama didn't want any more debates with Hillary

    c) The accusations made by Hillary that Obama parrots her answers when she answers questions first are, in fact, true.

    McCain is the next President of the United States- and no amount of hype or money is going to stop him because McCain proved that he has substance, and embodies the American character.

    August 17, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  5. Vivienne

    John McCain definitely answered some questions for the democrats tonight. They have to decide if they want someone like John McCain for the next four to eight years running this country right into the ground. We are about to enter into war with everyone and everything as he trys to satisfy his boy hood dreams of being a warrior. I found it interesting that he was about war, abortion, judges and drill, drill, drill.
    He was just like GWB. It was sad.

    I hope we elect the thoughtful guy who wants to hear the opinions of a vast number of people. I don't think we can survive another round of Republican rule. I don't want Lenzy Graham and Lieberman running my country. CheneyBush has us back in a cold war with Russia because they had us in a war in Iraq and have ignored all of our other interests.

    Barack was dead on correct about the Iraq war and Afghanistan and the fact that we have ignored all of our other interests and how foolish this has been. Now we are seeing what he said was correct.

    I want the smart guy who seems to think about consequences before taking action.

    August 17, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  6. AP Chemistry

    As an educator, it infuriates me when I hear politicians discuss educational policy without addressing the socioeconomic factors behind education. You can have a wonderfully gifted teacher in a socioeconomic disadvantage area who's student overall do not perform as well as the students of a teacher who is working in a community with a better socioeconomic condition. How do you establish a fair system for merit pay? Where does the money come from? And when will we realized that the sucess of our students is based on the foundations established by parents. We want America's educational system to be ranked the best in the world, then we need to develop strong families. By the way, it is statistically incorrect to compare America with other countries when in America everyone is entitled to an education, while in most countries, only the brightest test into secondary school. In America, we provide an education for the Downs Syndrom kid and the kid going to M.I.T.

    August 17, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  7. bt

    I would love to know why CNN thought John Mcsame did such a great job this evening...were they all called into a meeting and told to say certain things just like John Mcsame was given a list of all the questions to review...come on people are not that crazy... we all know Mcsame can't think fast enough to ans questions so promptly and he was never placed back on target to ans the questions as asked....all of America could see thru tonights comedy is just difficult for White Folks to give a Black man credit for anything...You all know he will (Obama) run circles around Bush and Mcsame and if you put all your racism aside for a few moments you may be able to see more clearly that America's only way out of this mess is Obama...I will be glad when the debates are scheduled...lets see how fast Mcsame thinks on his feet we have already seen that numerous times already...who or what will he forget this time...u people are too much..

    August 17, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
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