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. BHO supporter

    What is one to expect of a "conversation" when the audience members support a specific ideology? Tough crowd....not so for McCain. McCreepy – I mean McCain seemed rehearsed and overly anxious to please his base. He's so quick to pounce on EVIL.....what about the evil that exists here in our own backyards? Typical Bush rhetoric....opps I mean McCreepy.

    August 17, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  2. RyanD.

    MCCane was answering questions before they were asked.

    Whats up with that?

    August 17, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  3. Mr Republican

    McCain did O.K. considering he had all the questions beforehand. Atleast it was obvious to me.

    August 17, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  4. Electress

    John McCain just let it go, and told you who he was and what he's done, and what he is working on for our Country. He received a huge
    applause for Off Shore Drilling,

    I think he did much better than Obama in answering those questions.
    I looked on with jubilation, he had a fabulous debate tonight.

    Our Best Days are Ahead of Us.

    August 17, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. lakeside

    The audiance was stacked in favor of McCain. Whatever happened to "separation of Church and State"? This forum was a sad example of what we, the voters, expected and needed to hear. How was the Republican Party able to pull this off?

    August 17, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  6. Matt

    McCain may go to church, but he does not seem to be not spiritual.

    Obama seems to be very spiritual. He walks the walk.

    August 17, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  7. A&M

    The moderates fell off the fence tonight on McCain's side!!

    Obama needs more time in the trenches before he is ready to lead. I will not risk our children's future on Obama.

    August 17, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. ann

    obama's hesitation and searching for the right words gave the impression that he was uncomfortable during this interview. this event highlighted Obama's political immaturity. He subverts his sincerity for popularity and this creates anxious tension. McCain's experiences and political longevity makes him appear calm, cool and collected in his thoughts and presentation as long as he gets to tell his story instead of answering the questions. both Obama and McCain get an a for effort and and f for honesty.

    August 17, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Melissa

    Finally... McCain proves the difference between experience and plain good prepared speech delivery... Good Job McCain. Straight and to the point. Just how it should be. We will be posting our vote early for McCain. No doubt.

    Independent, Florida

    August 17, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Jim Nammack; Kentucky

    Obama got a standing ovation too. So what?

    August 17, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  11. Mike

    Mccain was simply great.

    Obama tap danced around too much before he answered the questions. He sounded too much like a typical politician.

    August 17, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. eye's of the wise

    Mccain was fake, he told yhe same corny joke's over again, he stuck to political talking point, he seemed nervous and afraid as if he is hiding something, the media is being bias again, Mccain stunk

    August 17, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  13. stephanie

    Boy the paid Obama bloggers are working for their paychecks tonight.

    August 17, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. Jaycee

    McCain was once again a stumbling, bumbling idiot. You probably won't print that, but this is his crowd, also stumbling, bumbling idiots in one of the most conservative counties in the nation.

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

    obama was not very smooth tonight. he was too wordy, and did not answer the question straight forward . mccain was vey at ease and answered the questions straight forward.

    August 17, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. Bazon

    McCain llikes to can his answers. Just like CNN likes to can its news. Should be a great 4 years.

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

    The beginning of the end…..brewme


    Keep dreaming. McCain couldn't even hit
    a home run when he knew a fastball was
    coming. He's old, he's tired, and he's done.

    August 17, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  18. Timothy

    These were easy questions and an easy audience for McCain. He just told them what they wanted to hear and they were happy. It's funny that four years ago he wasn't conservative enough for this same demographic.

    August 17, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. AtlGirl

    Senator Obama did a great job! I am now more convinced than ever that no one should vote for Senator McCain. It was very obvious that he was sucking up to that audience. I agree with Senator Obama's pro choice stance.

    August 17, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  20. rey

    Props to McCain-I like his eye contact towards Rick Warren. This shows your true character as a person. Thank you.

    August 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  21. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    McCain cleary won that one!

    boy it must suck to be obama without a teleprompter!

    August 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  22. FireLady

    Mr. McCain says he is pro-Life while he promotes war. Life is life..So our babies live to die in his wars? Does evil exist??? Oh yes it does and Jesus would not be happy. My 2 cents

    August 17, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  23. Linda Jenkins

    McCain just plain didn't answer questions and you "commentators" let him get away with it. In my house we were yelling at the TV over and over, "Answer the question." He just ignored Warren's questions and went straight to his scripted aw shucks – and you who are supposed to "analyze" objectively didn't call him on it! Shame!

    August 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  24. mike

    McCain was super. I was on the fence, but now I believe McCain got my vote

    August 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  25. Blando

    it never ceases to amaze me at how good CNN is at deleteing real comments. please congratulate yourself.

    August 17, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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