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Barack Obama and John McCain on stage together for the first time this political
« on: 2008-08-16 18:01:58 »
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And so it begins .....

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McCain, Obama & Rick Warren - The “Purpose-Driven Debate”
Source: Cristian Science Monitor
Author: Jimmy Orr
Date: 08.16.08

Whose side is God on? Although that probably won’t be determined tonight, we will see Barack Obama and John McCain on stage together for the first time this political season.

Brought together by the best-selling author and pastor of the fourth largest church in the U.S., pastor Rick Warren will talk to both candidates tonight for about an hour each.

The focus is on faith.  Specifically, as Monitor colleague Jane Lampman reported earlier this week, Mr. Warren’s questions will focus on how the candidates lead and make decisions and will cover five topics: leadership, stewardship, worldview, compassion issues, and their vision for America.

The format is somewhat similar to a game show with Warren playing the part of Wink Martindale.  One candidate in a soundproof bubble (or room) while the other candidate is on stage.  Obama is up first and then McCain.  The order was determined by a coin-flip.

They will be asked the same questions and their personal life is on the table because “character matters,” Warren said.

“I’m going to ask them questions about character, competence, about values, vision, virtue, about their convictions in leadership, about their experience,” Warren told the Christian Broadcasting Network yesterday.

Warren told the New York Times that a typical question could be “What’s the most difficult decision you’ve had to make, and how did you make it?”

Warren said to expect questions on abortion and marriage too.

    “The person who says well I’m going to put my faith on the shelf and not let it affect my decisions as President is either lying or they’re ignorant because you can’t do it,” he said.  “Every one of your decisions you make is based on your world view.  So I’m going to ask them about abortion.  I’m going to ask them about the definition of marriage, but I’m also going to ask them more than that in that third section on “World View.”

How did this event get put together?  Warren just called them on his cell phone.

The event will start at 8pm on CNN, FOX and CSPAN.  It will also be streamed live  on saddlebackcivilforum.com .

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The Faith that moves - stomaches.
A good time if ever there was one to destroy your television (if it has survived this far)....
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[MoEnzyme]<snip>Obama is beating the hell out of McCain, but in this real one its way to close for my comfort.<snip>
Thanks for the review Mo, that was light years better then anything I got on the media this morning.

We had one of the grandkids this weekend, so my TV was showing "Pee-Wee'sBig Adventure" an interesting counterpoint to the debate and
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[Hermit]<snip>A good time if ever there was one to destroy your television (if it has survived this far)....<snip>
I still have a functional TV, though I'm not sure Pee-Wee makes  the world a better place for a 3 year old, but running as an independent I think he might get some traction.

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[ Hermit : The main reason McCain was so much better was that he wasn't in a cone of silence and didn't have to work alone. He just had to lie about it. I can't work up a special sweat about his lying to a pastor, but I do think that his lying to the audience and his stupidity in lying where he could so easily be caught does say volumes. If he were in court, he would now be impeached. But of course, impeachment is out of fashion in the USA.]

Senator John Complain

Source: Huffington Post
Authors: Eric Schmeltzer
Dated: 2008-08-19
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Wow.

So, Senator McCain goes on national television and lies to a pastor, pretending that he was in a "cone of silence" holding room during the Saddleback Forum where he couldn't hear the questions that he would be asked that were also being posed to Senator Obama, gets called on it, and then lodges an official complaint with NBC News because Andrea Mitchell was one of the many reporters to report on it?

To quote Grandpa Simpson, the Senator's alter ego, "Oh, Bitch Bitch Bitch..."

First off, let me tackle this insane notion that Andrea Mitchell is someone in the bag for Senator Obama, because she dared to report on what was happening. Anyone who watches MSNBC knows that Mitchell has a virtual bat-phone to Carly Fiorina, the Senior McCain advisor, and has her or other McCain surrogates on many more times a day than Obama people. Secondly, it wasn't even a month ago that Mitchell was under heavy criticism from the left for making the contention that Senator Obama was asked "fake questions" while in the Middle East. I don't say any of this to complain about Mitchell, just to point out that she's managed to make both sides angry, which, to me, says that she's been playing it down the middle.

Secondly, let's note here that the McCain campaign OPENLY ADMITS that he wasn't in any "cone of silence" at the forum, but does not say whether the candidate was passed on any info, on his way to the event. (Oh, and by the way, if you dare ask, the campaign will say you're questioning a former POW, which is relevant... how?)

Finally, let's get back to the real issue here -- John McCain lied to and embarrassed a pastor on national television. Pastor Warren made clear in his opening, and reiterated to CNN's Rick Sanchez, that he was under the belief that Senator McCain had abided by the agreed upon rules, and was in his so-called "cone of silence" when the show started. McCain let Warren believe that, until afterwords. That Warren is trying to salvage the legitimacy of the forum by giving McCain a pass is irrelevant.

The fact still is that Senator McCain and his campaign lied to a pastor, by agreeing to rules and breaking them, and not telling him until after the fact.

Sorry, but that's news and deserves at least a mention, so those who viewed the event know all the facts surrounding it.


Senator Complain's whining not withstanding, of course.


[i] [ Hermit : And the fact that that doyen of neocon sleaze, Bill Kristol is trying to cover up the mess should maybe get a mention too. See, "Bill Kristol Quietly Revises Column On 'Cone Of Silence'."
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