August 16th, 2008
09:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Schneider: McCain sends a message to evangelicals

(CNN) - Asked to define his stands on abortion and gay marriage, McCain is sending a message to evangelicals: I am one of you.

Among evangelicals, judges are the biggest issue - the source of a great deal of their anger and disappointment. Another message from McCain: I understand.

But on the issue of stem cells, he parts ways with this voting bloc - and his answer there is a careful one. He knows he's on the wrong side of this issue for many of them.

His answers are perhaps not as intellectually nimble as Obama's, but they come across as clearer, sharper - he's taking more of a tough, unambiguous stand on these issues.

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    His answers were practiced – at every single stump speech he's made so far.

    No thought, just more pandering and stumping. Not presidential.

    August 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  2. Allwell


    August 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    You have analyzed the antics of a politician from the point of view of a pundit. The hope for America is that voters will not listen to either of you.

    The point of the forum to show your thinking process, view of the world and your character. You are giving McCain a free ride on all three.

    August 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  4. ricardo williams

    I'm against abortion, but I think Obama is right. We need to provide better education, health care and preventative measures so that people won't have to make decisions like these based on economic hardship.

    August 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. go away mongers, Ventura, CA

    The religious right is alive and well in Orange County, CA- Thinking people are also alive and well and will nt be cowed-down-to this time around. NOT THIS TIME!

    August 17, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Karen-phoenix

    Obama answered the questions and gave good answers. I'm a christian and McCain just told old war stories. Obama is projoice, we all know that but he gave solutions to the problem by helping the women with good medical care, counceling and adoption alternative. You want to go back to women being butchered in back alleys?
    Obama's answeres were thoughtout and humanitarian. Even on evil, Obama mentioned the evils we have in America, child abuse, gangs, poverty here. McCain just mentioned the Talabon. Obama even quoted Mathew. We are our brothers keepers.

    August 17, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. zeia

    What I find interesting is that McCain did not say exactly what his moral failure was. Why was his first marriage a failure…tell the people John…lets see what those evan. folks would say if they knew why it really failed…They would castigate Bill C and the other John but you are guilty of similar!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  8. tedious898

    Alright female Pumas....Mc Cain is declaring war on progressive judges (jurists that think women should have the right to choice). He (McCain) promises to rid the nation of a "woman's right to choose".

    While, like Barack, I don't advocate abortions, I do think a woman should have the right to decide.

    So...if you hate Barack so much for defeating ur precious Hillary, here's your chance to make sure every woman feels your pain for generations to come. Go vote for McCain deadenders. Lose the right to choice while denying that horrible "black man" the chance to take this country back from the "moral majority" – what losers

    August 17, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. CB

    Obama spoke from a personal faith base level and from his heart. John McWar did nothing but campaign and spoke of war and every answer.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. Kate/MA

    Yada, Yada, Yada, Yes, Yes,Yes dear Evangelicals. I, John McCain, am one of you. Since when? Only now because I hope it might help me get elected in November.
    My friends, dear evangelicals, see me after November, if I have lost the election, to find out if I am still one of you, and have the same opinion regarding stem cell issues and oh yeah, the judges also.

    August 17, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. Mike

    No McBush's answers were not clearer and sharper. They were pandering and misleading. MCSurge is not a Christian. He has said in Public that he is not 'Born Again' and he has willfully chosen Not to be Baptized in his Church. McFalse has called evangelical leaders agents of hate and crazy. If anyone wants to vote for more war and a continued ruined economy then vote McBush. But do not vote for McBush because he is a Christian because he simply is not.

    August 17, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. republicans hate america

    his message..... I will be your crusader to nuke our way out to every solution and protecting the unborn fetus so that they can be born into a life of military service for our own personal greed and plundering. what a joke all of you religious nuts!!

    August 17, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. Chris from NY

    Just as he sent a message to the evangelicals he also sent a shockwave to Hillary supporters. Those that are threatening not to vote Obama have now heard McCain in his won word:every Justice in the Supreme court will be a conservative and they will do away with your choices to live. Talk about antichrist McCain and the people he will appoint to the supreme court will surely fit that description.

    August 17, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. nelda

    How is this possible that McCain considers himself to be "just like them- an evangelicist" when he purposely lies to the American people through the negative ads and campaign that throws out incorrect facts,..just to scare the voter. He cheated on his first wife and married a heiress 5 weeks after his divorce. He screams out profanities, and has a terrrible anger issue. Does this sound like he is "one of them?" Get real!

    August 17, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  15. ADAM


    August 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  16. Carl from MI

    It was pander, pander, pander.... that was the ONLY message he sent to evangelicals tonight.

    August 17, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  17. Ronald Roy

    It's one thing to say some thing that you know peoples want's to hear then say something you realy meant let's face it President bush and vice President cheney right tell the same thing about gay marriage right but in reality cheney on Daugther is a gay lesbien and it's oke with both President Bush and vice cheney what should matter is the truth I am not a gay men or a gay lesbien but what right do I have to kill or distroyed them do I think I am better then them if I ? yes in deed therefore I 'ld be making myself wrost then them God repent over sodom and gomorah therefor what happen next is in the peoples hand I think it's wrong and will be punish but only by God it's a phenomina ,it's a disease.

    August 17, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  18. Becky Montgomery

    It is easy to give "clearer, sharper" answers when you have memorized them beforehand and don't have the ability or desire to look deeper into issues that require insight.

    McCain should just go ahead and get a job as a commentator on Fox News. He can tell the POW stories and his jokes and entertain people.

    Let Obama be president so he can look at all sides of an issue, recognize the gray areas, and think thoroughly through our problems.

    August 17, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  19. Carol Martin

    Where have Crowley and Schneider been all these months?
    Didn't they recognize McCain's recycled quips?

    McCain rattled off his stump speeches all night long.

    He didn't even bother to recast them with fresh intros .

    When will Americans wake up and realize we are being taken for a
    ride AGAIN with McCain?

    August 17, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  20. BHO supporter

    Don't the evangelicals generally vote republican? Naturally McCain was "singing to the choir" at this event. Obama is quite obviously the best candidate to lead the country. The American people don't want...nor can we afford another "Bush presidency" which is all we'd get with McCain in office.

    August 17, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  21. Rod

    So much for Mr Maverick. McCain has just being bought and paid for by the xtreme right wing, just like Bush. It is for a reason that McCain is called McBush.

    August 17, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
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