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. Pam Becker

    Who is McCain's "My Friends"? It ain't me. He sounded like he was talking to "his rich, radical friends."

    I am a Christian. I am a Democrate. I am an American. I am not rich. I am not McCain's "Good Friends". Rich people don't want to have me as their friend. McCain was not believable. His answers were to "canned". Sounded like Bush.

    "America is the riches nation in the world. Why can't I afford to live here" *(1)

    *(1) Quoted from the movie Swing Vote

    August 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. paaka3

    Sen McCain only talked war policies and statements; my way only. Sound familar to someone else. Listen up folks. All seniors has stories to tell whether they make laughter or tears.

    Not Surprised...R

    August 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Dawn, Nevada

    What I would like to know is if McCain could hear what Obama's answers were to the questions while he waited. I would bet that he did! Can anybody answer that?

    Let's hope the actual debates are fair.

    I admire Obama for his honesty and not pandering the McCain did!

    August 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. The Truth


    August 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Chipster

    Yes, Ms. Crowley, we all recall how supportive you were of Bush when he was a candidate and your support for McCain has been just as obvious. You really might as well have a disclaimer or at least a McCain campaign staff name tag when you give your reports.

    August 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. AJ - Austin Tx

    I thought McCain did a very good job in connecting with the audience. He was direct and stood by his convictions. Obama, on the other hand, was vague and struggled for words. It seems that he takes both sides everytime he answers a question and he doesn't fair so well without this teleprompter. Stop religious hate!

    August 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    I see the CNN moderator hurriedly deleted my anti- Obama stance where i pointed out what is left out on cnn but all over the blogg and other stations where Obama said it was above his pay grade as president and I asked the question what else does he consider above his pay grade. I stated a typical Obama answer (NOTHING).

    August 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Jerald

    From Obama going on first to McCains quick answers, it was obvious that McCain had been prepped for this setting, including being given the questions ahead of time.

    However, Obama was truthful and thoughtful, and I believe we need a President capable of complex thinking.

    John McWar is dangerous and shallow, and will eventually lead us to WWIII with his fixation on war.

    He says life begans at conception, but will not do anything to help raise or support unwanted children once outside the womb. What hypocrisy.

    August 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. blaising

    I wanted to hear more about his adulterous affair.

    And why the cut away to Cindy during McAdultery's story about the fake dirt cross??

    August 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. prayingforshalom

    I had the privilege of attending the forum at Saddleback church last night. For the purpose of the broadcast, atendees were asked in advance not to wear any political attire endorsing EITHER candidate; this WAS NOT a target on 2 Obama supporters.

    I have been a life-long Republican and for months had decided that this election, my vote would be cast for Senator Obama.

    Last night's forum changed things.

    I have not automatically switched my allegiance to McCain, but am again undecided.

    Both gentlemen cast some compelling arguments (although very different in style). Obama seemed more vulnerable when not completely scripted–answered carefully, eloquently, well thought out.

    Senator McCain was more charismatic, apperared to have formed his decisons by hs personal convictions, and for the first time, appeared to me that he wouldn't just be another 4 years of GWB.

    Let's see who they choose as their running mates.

    This election is still a wide-open race.

    August 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. trevor brown

    McCain said evil only exist in the midle east as if the only place evil exist and no one see that, when will you wake up from your seem most voters that are on the other side only vote on one issue!

    August 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Tennisguypitt

    I couldn't care less about a person's religion. I'd vote for a Muslim candidate if he or she was qualified and had good judgment. I won't change my vote unless Obama makes a HUGE blunder or McCain overhauls his views.

    Obama '08

    August 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. RJ, CA

    Obama clearly also got the questions in advance. He even said at the beginning of one of them, "I must admit I cheated and did some research on this." So what is your problem with McCain?

    August 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Mc same Straight

    Mc Lame gave us the:

    Same old worn out tired cliches...

    Same old worn out tired stories..

    Same old not funny 7th grade jokes..

    Same old patronizing lies..telling us what he thinks we wanna hear.

    He spent 10% of his time answering the questions and then worked 90% in his SAME OLD tired and worn Campain Stump rhetoric.

    More of the Same lame game.

    BARACK OBAMA took chances and gave us the STRAIGHT TALK.
    Spent the entire time with in depth detailed answers to every question.

    He was the genuine person 🙂 while Mc Same was plastic and made prepared statements 😦

    btw.. What church is Mc Lame a member of?

    August 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. tom-mon sense?


    Are you kidding me? Maybe you don't want to hear his stories – that's fine – most televisions come with "off" switches. You're angry because a soldier, fighting in the name of your country, spent five years as a prisoner of war, and then talks about it? That angers you?

    Fine. To make it fair, let's ask Obama to share some of his war stories from....ummmm....well......uhhhhh....oh that's right!

    So your anger comes from jealousy since your candidate never had to defend your liberties? Interesting.

    August 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. dian

    McCain did seem to know the answers before the interviewer finished asking the questions. However, we could see he was very limited in his thinking. He didn't seem to weigh whether or not his ideas are still relevant. He seemed frozen in time on everything except abortion. Abortions have to be stopped, but shouldn't we be doing more to help prevent pregnancy. Like, taking pornography off of TV and being careful of what we teach as acceptable sexual behavior.

    Our society is setting youth up for failure. And, Evangelicals, watch your attitudes towards unwed pregnancy, some women can't handle the rejection.

    August 17, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Obama is a Real Christian, Unlike Johh McCain

    Cnn, once again you did not post my comment. You do not want to hear the truth from intelligent prospective. McCain was on his game because that all that was. He disobeyed the principle of the Forum as stated by Mr. Warren. This was suppose to be an interview, not a Political taking point. McCain did not answer any of the question that would have tell us who he really is as a person faith, moral fibre,
    christain values etc.., instead he gave a stomping speech as if ye was campainging. Obama on the other hand clearly showed us that
    he is obedient, superbly intellegient and answered all the questions carefully, thoughtfully and truthfully. No doubt OBAMA wins this clealry and fairly.

    August 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Jimmy in RI

    "On his game?" Really? I mean, sure, McCain came across as a likable guy, but he also demonstrated that he clearly is trailing Obama by about 50 or 60 IQ points. He was like an affable Republican robot up there–press a button and get a joke and talking point. Obama, meanwhile was thoughtful, specific, and detailed in his responses. He might have dodged the whole abortion issue a little, but come one, at least he didn't try to turn every question into a war story with a cheesy punchline...
    But I don't know, maybe America doesn't value intelligence in its leaders. That would explain the last 8 years...

    August 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Ken, Virginia

    There was such a contrast in this event. Obama showed little widsom insite. McCain was on point all night. I am no longer on the fence relative to whom I am voting for in November.

    August 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Susan

    He was not on his game. He violated the rules of the forum from the word go. He was giving a stump speech, and I felt he did have access to the questions beforehand. He never answered many questions directly, but went on tangents about his Viet Nam days. He was angry and self rightous, and was a complete buffoon. If he cannot follow the parameters set, (not to mention, he once again, was allowed to get away with it) how is he fit to be POTUS. This "MYFriends" was a campaign speech from the word go, and was not honest or thoughtful. Just pandering to the base of the evangelical !!

    August 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Caleb, Shreveport

    I love how this is "unbiased media" yet almost every comment is for Obama and there is a giant Obama advertisement at the top right.

    What will you do when he loses?

    August 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Troy

    Man there are some BITTER people on this site...I will say that while I have not been that impressed with McCain he came across as very Presidential and Obama came across more like a professor.

    I think Obama looks at things very differently than most Americans...when talking about evil he thinks about the USA while I would have to imagine that the majority of Americans think of things that are happening in Darfur, Islamic extremeism, etc. Not that Obama is wrong...evil is everywhere, but I just don't think he's in sync with the majority.

    For those who are knocking McCain on the stories he told I guess I just don't understand you. His life experience has shaped him and his thoughts so for him not to share them would be like lying to us. What has shaped Obama? 20 years in Rev. Wright's church? His 2 years in the Senate? Being half white? We don't really know and that's the scary part.

    August 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. annie

    Sen. McCain did an excellent job! obama on the other hand did his usual stutter, stutter, stammer, stammer with eyes on the floor which means when a speaker continually looks down they are lying or in obama's case, he might have been searching for a teleprompter. I'm a registered dem. but was going to vote for McCain due to obama's history, lack of qualifications and lack of experience but last night McCain convinced me he is not a second choice, he is first choice. He did an excellent job.

    August 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. mel

    For some reason he knew the question that was
    being ask because was answering them before
    pastor could completely finish the question. This
    was a set-up.

    August 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Bulldog

    That is one point of view. These are complicated and complex questions and answers and I believe Obama's answers had more depth and McCain's simplistic one liners. Apparently Crowley like the simple short answers but the fact is these types of questions are not simple.

    August 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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