August 17th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
12 years ago

Crowley: McCain was on his game

McCain won over the Saddleback crowd.

McCain won over the Saddleback crowd.

LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) - During a break, someone yelled: "We love you John." In fact, McCain was on his game, doing better than I thought he would, given that faith is not his most favorite subject to discuss in public. And in fact, it does seem that the crowd is greeting him every bit as warmly as they did Obama. (Although: as far as I can see, the two Obama supporters who told me they were forced to turn their t-shirts inside out left a while ago.)

Act Two is over - and McCain gets huge applause, and a standing ovation.

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  1. Robert

    Well, of course he was on his game. The game was different once McCain entered: he didn't really talk about faith at all, he rattled off campaign talking points, and he clearly got the questions in advance.

    This was nothing more than a bloated, nauseating McCain campaign commercial.

    Oh, well. I guess you didn't have to strain as hard to praise McCain as you usually do, Candy.

    August 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Veronica

    This man came across as scary "angry"!!!

    August 16, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Sheri

    Obama's was more personal. McCain's was politics.

    August 16, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Janice James

    We made up our my mind tonight.
    John McCain was forthright, honest, and showed the moral standard that we like and should care about as a human being. His respect for unborn "human beings" touched our heart.
    Obama appeared humble, however is clever and a smooth talker who diverts from the facts. He needs another ten years to mature and we can find out "who" he really is.
    Janice J
    Denver, CO

    August 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain talked about war, other people, made jokes and never directly answered a question.

    August 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. tmansion

    Obama got a standing OVATION too... I don't see it anywhere here

    August 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Brian Beddow

    Did you notice how Senator Obama looked down while doing most of his answering while Senator McCain looked up and at the audience or the camera giving a much more personal feel.

    August 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. 911wille

    uh, but, oh, well,ah, uh, yes but, ah uh, uhhhhh,

    Boy Take away Obama's teleprompter and he's not very impressive.

    August 16, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. susie

    Did a great job McCain!!!

    August 16, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. dEMOBRAT

    What a fantastic forum with great questions! I like them both a little more now.

    August 16, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Mose

    McCain wasn't addressing himself on religious views–only what was most important to him –his WAR experiences.

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Barack Obama 08!!!

    McCain was on his "WAR GAME" tonight.

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Ratgurl

    It's easy for McCain to be on his game when he's fed the answers prior to being asked the questions. He answered many of them before the Rev. even finished asking. And he told WAR STORIES! This was supposed to be a Q&A. All McCain did was stump.

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. billyjones

    He should be on his game, it was his audience.

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Brian Beddow

    Senator Obama did not answer many of the questions. He refused to answer when he believes life begins. Senator McCain answered questions forcefully and with confidence more attributable to a President of the Free World.

    August 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. mary cleveland, ohio

    I thought John McCain used his "war hero" status too much. I mean, the guy did nothing but brag about himself, and didn't reveal much of anything about his personal beliefs. It was as if he memorized the answers to the questions.

    On the other hand, Obama showed introspection and humility in discussing very, very personal feelings. Also, in contrast to McCain, Obama "thought" about his answers and I feel more secure with a President of the U. S. who is able to and does think about his answers. Call me crazy, but memorizing answers doesn't put one at the "top of their game" when the game is a responsibility of such importance.

    August 16, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Brian

    Who cares in less 40 years or less the republican party will be obsolete.

    August 16, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. tom

    Did I miss something tonight, McCain came across as a rehearsed. He lack thorough thought on the subjects and for heaven sake ...... ENOUGH OF THE VIETNAM CRAP.

    August 16, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Gaby

    The analysis McCain was not on his game tonight, he answered the questions to quickly and focused mainly on war and security and threw in fear mongering tactics. McCain also did not answer the questions because he would evade these questions with his war stories, to gain sympathy. He did not connect except with those that support him. Now let's have the veterans' who know more about McCain, during the time he was a prisoner of war, speak up about him and tell the truth about what really happened.

    Obama was much more in depth, precise and on point.

    August 16, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Terri in Fl

    And so there we have it – the United States has a Religious litmus test for the presidency. The founding fathers must be turning in their graves because unlike what John McCain said "this country was founded on Christian values" – this country was founded on the principals of enlightenment. Our founding fathers were highly suspicous of organized religion and there are countless quotes from Jefferson, Paine, Adams, Washington, Franklin et. al. that is very clear that these United States SHOULD NEVER HAVE A RELIGIOUS LITMUS TEST FOR HOLDING OFFICE!!

    August 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. Jeanne Beans

    What do you mean that McCain was on his game? This article gives absolutely no information.

    August 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Barack Obama 08!!!

    I still do not know McCain "FAMILY VALUES" his short answer on his"FAITH". We know about his stand on "NATIONAL SECURITY" and that's all he talked about his "WAR STORIES".

    August 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Janice

    Yes, he pandered to his base without shame. He comes across as an insincere hypocrit to me.

    August 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Paul Revere

    Like Bush- McCain wakes up and gets articulate when it comes to contemplating war policy, and so-called 'values'. It's like there's a trigger-word that sets them into action, watch 'im go! This was an ideal forum for McCain to pander to what he perceives as his or THE base. One slippery slope comin' up!

    August 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. Ian M

    All McCain did was spew his talking points–"drill here, drill now", "win Iraq", etc–and say "did you mention I was a POW?" about a million and a half times.

    Besides, this was McCain's crowd. 80% of the people in the audience supported him. Obama would've kicked some tail if they had been in front of ACLU members.

    August 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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