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. CJB in CA

    Candy, thank you for your excellent and fair reporting!


    NObama' s WEAK and INDECISIVE responses (esp. wrt EVIL, et al) was consistent with the investigations and revelations of Dr. Corsi, Freddoso, Morris, Penn, Hannity, Barnes and MANY, MANY others in vetting NObama!!

    NObama: you can NOT RUN FROM YOUR PAST – it clearly demonstrates your TRUE BELIEFS (despite 41 pages of DENIAL – you protesteth way too much) !!!

    NObama: NO Judgement / NO Character to LEAD – esp. for USA President !!!

    **** McCAIN (or Hillary) ‘08

    PS. Finally, do NOT have the same reservations regarding Condi Rice – [Race is NOT the issue]!!!

    August 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Mark

    McCain was outstanding. Decisive, firm, direct in his answers, and Presidential. McCain08; Hillary 2012!!

    August 17, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. John Smith

    The Democrats should all thank Hillary and some of her "blind" supporters. She and her gang, including Bill, started all these negative smears during the primary. Now, the Republicans are only copying Hillary and her "nasty" supporters.

    Let us face facts here, the Republicans will never allow another Clinton to be elected president of this nation. The 18 million pieces of "idiots" included active Republicans who very much wanted to see Hillary as the nominee so that they could easily attack the Dem party!!!

    August 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. substance versus McStump

    Obama is substance and McCain stump speech . Obama is engaging a conversa tion with God. He is not looking for audience for that conversation like McStump

    August 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. White and Black for Obama.

    Those who protest aburtion right, should rethink. If the ball is in their court will they keep a child from a rapist? Will women allow their child to keep a child from their own father?
    Will they allow a 11 or 10 years old baby to carry a baby in her wumb?

    The question is NO. so therefore they doing this for political reason. Secretly they perfume aburtion for their children, but in public they are against it.

    Look people, eventhough aburtion is illegal or people are against it doesn't mean that it is not been perfume.
    Do you want children to perfume illegal aburtion that will cause harm to them or do you want a safe legal aburtion that will prevent death?

    Using prevention is easy to say, but for those rapist they don't care about their victims.

    Think wisely either you will allow the above to happen to you or your child or let young women choose.

    August 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. jack estes

    I saw the forum and felt that it showed the essence of Obama and McCain. Obama is a great salesman with a bad product and McCain is a hero with decades of experience. The comments Obama supporters make are shallow just like there canidate.

    August 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Naomi

    Your kidding right, "Mccain was on his game, LOL"

    I find it odd that every question Pastor Warren tried to ask Mccain he quickly interrupted with a yes or no type of answer before Pastor Warren could finish. Please save the stump speech and those many fake stories for your own town hall meetings Mccain. Mccain was all for the crowd and getting some type of reaction and Obama was having a conversation with Pastor Warren. These two have 2 tottally different styles.

    August 17, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. When will the insanity end?

    Okay all you anti-obama peeps, now you can revel on all the attention CNN has lavished on your Hero John McCain. While Obama was looking at Pastor Rick Warren ( a conversation ), McCain was out campaigning and making sure ( again ) that everyone knew he was a war hero. How many times did he mention war " My Friends " ? ROFL I don't know how well that will resonate with the Saddleback Church as they are more the " Sermon on the Mount " type christians. If you know anything about them, they are not looked fondly on by most evangelical Southern Baptist Churches.

    August 17, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Obama talked with Rick Warren. McCain answered before the questions were even finished being asked with his standard, bumper-sticker sound bites. He addressed the audience, using the catchphrase "my friends."

    McCain was neither decisive nor impressive. He was not thoughtful : recounting old war stories rather than sharing any insights into his soul .

    Someone complained that Obama took too long, said too much, sounding like a lawyer.

    How refreshing it will be to have someone with true intelligence, willing to listen and learn in the White House for a change.

    August 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. George from Illinois

    John McCain clearly did better than Barack Obama. Barack Obama stumbled over his words and avoided answering many of the questions. He even went as far as saying in one of his replies, "Answering that is above my pay-grade". What is that all about? Above his pay-grade? When he was asked if he was pro-choice of pro-life, he avoided the question and talked for about 10 straight minutes on how "Abortion" is a very important issue. Well no duh, Barack. You could even see how Rick Warren was getting angry with Barack because he wasn't giving clear answers. But, when John McCain came out, you could tell he opened up to Rick and the crowd. John McCain told revealing stories about his character so the voters could understand where he comes from and how strong an individual he is.

    August 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. abortion survivor

    You Obama people just can't admit that he was not given a scripted speech and came across as stupid and didn't even answer most questions, so in that event you have to lie, like he did with his eyes, and say that McCain was given the answers in advance, how lame! McCain is quick to answer because he knows himself and is confident when he answers, unlike Obama, whom all physical guestures proved that he was lying with his eyes because he couldn't even look at the audience and he was given a fair chance to succeed and he didn't. Watch it again! I will never vote for someone who cannot answer the question when does a baby have rights! He says he is for peoples rights, but kills babies! How can he call himself a Christian! It is in the bible, thou shalt not kill, in any form! Grow UP!

    August 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Joy Hall

    McCain did not see Obama giving his answers. This information was stated on CNN. They said it would not be fair because it would give him an unfair advantage. McCain answered quickly because he knows what he is going to do in any given situation. He don't change his mind constantly like Obama does. We need leadership in this country, not someone that vacations constantly like the present administration, nor someone who changes their mind at the drop of a hat like Obama does. We need someone straight foward and with experience. I was a strong Hillary supporter and had decided not to vote, but last night I changed my mind and decided to vote for John McCain.

    August 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Eric

    If McCAin wins we will be in trouble. He is a fear mongerer, and he will keep us in wars. Countries are getting tired of America flexing its muscle at its will. Bush doesn't listen to congress, house, or the U.N. If we keep fighting wars-ie;Iran, countries will start to come together to rally against us. Mccain can not win!

    August 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Soldier for OBAMA

    I am in the military, this was a set up against OBAMA in favor of McCain, yet I can't wait until Pastor T. D. Jakes have his forum. The audience was so "white", and McCain said everything they wanted to hear. Life begins at conception, yet when the baby is born these same ignorant rich republicans lock it away in a prision unless of course it is white! I am white so before you start, get real! Obama was thoughful, was honest, wasn't pandering. McCain was "very prepped" and it proves that Rich Warren is more of the same, I like his book, yet he seem to have someone in his realm gave the questions to McCain before hand. McCain sees everything from a WAR perspective and that is how he will approach everything. He will be worst than Bush and it shows in many regards. He will get fire all the 4 opposing justices on the court and institute a more conservative court. It was great that he played himself into a trap there, he also was like Drill here, drill there, we can't give up in Iraq, we must win victory my friends! OBAMA will shut McCain up by selecting an Army or Marine General to be his V.P. McCain with 27 years in Washington has "NO EXPERIENCE" McCain doesn't favor anything for veterans and everything he does revolved around 5 years in vietnam, how many other POWs do we have in America who was worst off than McCain? POW status does not make you a leader, McCain was not fighting on the ground and there's nothing "HEROIC" about his actions! He is an opportunist and Ross Perot was correct as was Reagan and Nancy. McCain can invoke Reagan 100 times, he is NO REAGAN! OBAMA-CLARK, OBAMA-ZINNI, OBAMA-JONES 2008; 2012

    August 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Bud

    Warren allowed McBush to dominate the answers. Despite the questions McBush had an opportunity to get in all of his off the point one liners. Warren should have used a heavier hand when McBush went off topic, he should have simply interupted and said "that is not what I asked you" but he did not. Obama tried to take the high road and answer without much of the quipping and answer thoughtfully but that is TV. McBush people had taken advantage and really prepared him with stock answers. I congratulate them. It worked, we are in for four more years of Bush but this done by McBush.

    August 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Marc PDX

    Obama is not a great debater. In fact without a script he is mediocre. At best. And Hillary showed the country that fact when she went 3-0 in debates with Obama *after* the press started finally asking Obama hard questions.

    Obama knows he'll have a hard time with McCain in debates, off script. That's why he will only debate McCain the minimum 3 times that are required ... and not one more than he has to. He isn't ready to govern. The world doesn't run off of a script. Take his script away and we're on our own. Good Lord! Here comes Jimmy Carter again. Stagflation, First oil crises (and rationing), Iran hostages, giving away the Panama Canal (and lots more foul ups) all in only 4 years of the Carter administration. Now comes Obama...

    August 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Kathryn, Nevada

    I can't belive how immature some of these responses are. Rather than just admit McCain did very well answering the questions, you have to convince yourselves that he was given advantages? How childish!
    McCain answered quickly, and specificaly because he is a wise man. He knows what he is talking about. Obama on the other hand took more time to answer so he had answers that could be interperated in multiple ways as to not corner himself on any issue. That way if later questioned on his answers, he can say," You weren't listening....... I said.......................". or, "You misinterperated my answer".
    Swallow your pride BO supporters! Don't risk our country because you can't ever admit you might have been wrong about the JR Senator.
    The White House is not the place for O J T !
    The white house is not the place for presidential OJT!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Connie

    McSenile should explain to all the families of the over 4100 young men and women who were murdered in Iraq for oil what right to life really is. Will Lindsey Graham have a chair at the desk in the white house?I think McSenile has to travel with Graham or Lieberman some times both.To the Obama supporters who had to turn there shirts around , I think Warren owes them an apology , thats what they do in school if you have a tee shirt with anything about God or Jesus on it.
    Connie from Indiana

    August 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. kevinski

    If youv'e ever done law enforcement questioning, two responses are give-aways. taking time to answer correctly as not to get caught vs a quick yes or no concerning the facts. looking away from the interigator and not allowing them to look in them lying eyes is human nature for a dishonest or guilty person. Some of you need to chill and get over your hostile anger and conspiracy imaginations, Obama is thoughtful and it can be perceived as calculating. He was not lying, I think he is unsure of himself

    August 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. DAN

    How can Obama say his hardest decision in life was the Iraq war when he wasn't even in the senete. An opinion is not a decision. It looks like he's believing his own lies.

    August 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. KAY

    I was wiating for someone to notice that Obama's answers were off the cuff. Have you ever seen McCain answer ANY question off the cuff without pausing, thinking about a response, stuttering and responding with gaffs. He was given the full text of answers to prepare and to have a story ready.

    August 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. ls

    McCain answers ended with the topic of national security. McCain also mentioned that Reagan went to Russia to discuss tearing down the wall. It wasn't Russia Reagan visited, it was Germany.

    McCain just doesn't have the mindset of being president. There are too many issue that the United States needs focusing on, not only other countries. McCain says country first, but I believe that the United States is the country last on his list.

    As for religous views, McCain was very weak in this area.

    August 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. mello doug New Mexico

    I never knew that so many, could miss so much, so often, and so much of the time. If your intelligent you are an elite snob, if your basically an angry self centered person you are just one of the boys and are trustworthy. Look where that view of the world got you with George Bush. I'm sorry this view of Christianity is really, really off center and a long way from the new testament and its teachings. There are a whole lot McCain supporters that need to go back to church and maybe have a really good heartfelt prayer.

    August 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    If you call giving short vague answers as McCain being on top of his game then as usual, McLame was McLame. His tear driven story does nothing to hide the fact he is not qualified to lead this nation and last night reaffirmed his stubborness and his obnoxious rhetoric when dealing with America's failed reputation across the world. And of course, if he really wanted to be personal and forthwright he would have explained to the audience really why his marriage failed? The fact the was cheating on his first wife, while she was cripple after a devastating accident only to end up with his now former drug addicted rodeo queen.

    August 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Sen. Obama

    I do not think that Clarence Thomas was up for the job as Supreme Court Justice. Now president...that's a whole different matter. 🙂

    August 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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