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

Crowley: McCain was on his game

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. goldie

    yes, McCain has not admitted his 9 month affair completely. He kept is secret from his first wife and broke her heart. They condemn Edwards and welcome McCain. There is a religious double standard here as well as in the media. Don't ask, don't tell they say and all will be okay.

    August 17, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. texas DEM

    I have a feeling Mccain just won several Clinton voters tonight.

    August 17, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. Lena

    Is that all McSHame can talk about is his Viet Nam war experience. Let's get beyond that we are in a new century. He can only give one or two word answers because he is no speaker and if you keep asking him, he will get annoyed and blow reporters off.

    He reminds me of Frankenstein The cameras can only show his right side because his left side would scare people. I know more about faith from Barack than McShame. He has none. McShame is the same old recycled and flipped flop person. Retire and enjoy your social security checks.

    August 17, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  4. Mav 81

    Obama is going down... he is not trustworthy, and is NOT a patriot. Anyone who turns away from the flag and puts their hand down in front of them during the pledge of allegiance one time, and brushes it off the next, should not be the next president of this country...
    Anyone that flips on almost every position that won them the nomination then denies flipping, cannot be trusted...

    OBAMA NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. patrick

    Mose, you hit the nail on the coffin, Mccain basically used the forum to relish on his war agenda and career.I really smelled something fishy about this forum and being in Orange county??

    August 17, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Shannon

    listen to the crazy conspiracy theories here tonight, it's reported McCain does well, and all the Obama babies start whining that it was fixed. God, is this what we have to put up with if he is elected. Every time something doesn't go right, it's racist or fixed. It can never just be because he didn't do a good job, it's always someone else's fault. STOP WHINING!

    August 17, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Carl from MI

    McCain did the same old talking points... the same old script... the same old pandering to the GOP base. There's nothing new or original about the guy... nothing 'maverick' left in him... dull, boring, lame... all politics, no heart... an empty suit!!! He had no flair and no style... it was a joke.

    And they BOTH got standing ovations, duh!! That audience was OVERFLOWING with McCain supporters. His act doesn't fool anyone but those who are already easily fooled. He's as sharp as GWB.

    It's time to put someone smart in the White House. WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. nola

    I watch both Obama and McCain – I found Senator Obama's answers to be honest and straight forwarded – I found Senator McCain's answers to be all over the board – he was making a response before Rev. Warren could even completed the question. Made me wonder if they had sent McCain the questions prior to the event so he could be prepared.

    August 17, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. patrick

    Nonetheless, im very proud Senator Obama did show the citizens of California that he cared enough to be there.

    Obama 2008

    August 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. Hopeful Floridian

    No more war stories! What does McCain believe in? I am so tired of hearing his war stories!! I found Obama to be sincere and thoughtful and insightful – his answers were intelligent and appealing.

    McCain sounds like a tired old man.....

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  11. Michael Tyler

    Watch the pole next week. John Mccain will be ahead. And reading this forum i like chatting in the atheit chat in AOL

    August 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  12. Becky Montgomery

    Noun plus verb plus POW or WAR or MILITARY

    Doesn't he know anything else? I notice he didn't expand with a "story" to explain the breakup of his marriage–his cheating with multiple women while his wife was disabled and finally marrying a younger, rich woman a MONTH after his divorce.

    Really–you have to admit the orphan question was tailored to him.

    August 17, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. annie

    Obama tried to tip toe his way through the tough questions and ended up looking weak.


    August 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  14. JOSIE

    WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME!! As usual,republicans cant play fair. Obama played by the rules and answered Ricks questions, then here comes MC WAR and takes the reins from Rick and turns the so called forum into McLiars stump speech. Same ole, same ole crap we have heard over and over and over-– Good Lord, give us a break,cnn!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. EJ

    Come on Crowley, I thought you would give a better analysis than this. McCain seemed so manufactured and rehearsed. I still have respect for Mrs. Crowley, however I must say I am very disappointed in her and CNN's analysis of this forum. McCain was clearly coached. "When you go out there, make sure you smile and talk about war. Don't forget to speak firm and straight to the point. Then smile some more." "Oh and don't forget to get a little emotional". Obama was real. Simple as that. Obama was thoughtful and did not play politics. This was not the time for that.

    August 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. Judy Johnson

    It was clear that this was geared to make McCain shine and give a campaign speech. He received more time, knew the questions in advanced and had more voters for him in the audience. I'm surprise Hillary didn't whine her way into the interview tonight. This whole political event (yeah, it has become a sad spectacle) just frustrates me. I am hearing more people saying they are not going to vote. I can understand why.

    August 17, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  17. Hopeful in 2008

    McCain is the fakist Christian I've ever heard in my life. Do these people really believe that he is CHRISTIAN?? Come on. He recited the "what-being-a-christian-means-to-you" question like he just memorized it out of those free pamphlets you can pick up at the church office. This man is not a follow of Christ. Christ would not use military force as the answer to all our problems.

    And enough of the POW stories!!

    August 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  18. Joe Ann

    Mr.Warren told the audience to give him standing applause LoL.

    August 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  19. C.K.

    It seemed to me that McCain knew about the questions on which he was going to be asked. Did Rick Warren feed McCain those questions before hand? Anyone noticed that????

    August 17, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. Reality

    John McCain renounced America to appease the enemy in Vietnam, many other prisoners did not!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. Kitty, Denver, CO.

    Wow!!! After reading the Ticker headlines it is obvious who CNN supports...John McCain.

    August 17, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  22. Joe Ann

    Mccain was just trying to make them laugh by making jokes.
    He's a joke LOL.

    August 17, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. Chris from NY

    Yeah alright. He was on his game campaigning in the church. Using the name of God to lie to people and instigate conflicts. He will defeat evil. How does he do that? By fighting any and every one who doesn't agree with him? Demonize them by branding them unpatriotic and infidel? Rick Warren never even made any efforts to challenge McCain on branding anyone who have a different way of reasoning as him unpatriotic.

    August 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. Geri

    You notice Obama never said anything about his church or who his mentors were. He tried to give out what he thought the audience wanted to hear. He didn't score well. They were both asked the same questions so no unfairness there and I did hear somewhere that they were going to be given the questions ahead of time. For thinking Obama is so wonderful...his suppoters are sooooooo nasty.

    August 17, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. NIKI

    I do think McCain had the question before

    August 17, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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