McCain Wasn’t in his ‘Cone of Silence’

I didn’t get a chance to watch the Saddleback Forum with Pastor Rick Warren on Saturday, but Stuart has a great post on it below. Apparently, John McCain, who Rick Warren, claimed was in a ‘cone of silence’ during Barack Obama’s one on one with Warren, was not in his ‘cone of silence’ after all:

Members of the McCain campaign staff, who flew here Sunday from California, said Mr. McCain was in his motorcade on the way to the church as Mr. Obama was being interviewed by the Rev. Rick Warren, the author of the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life.”

The matter is of interest because Mr. McCain, who followed Mr. Obama’s hourlong appearance in the forum, was asked virtually the same questions as Mr. Obama. Mr. McCain’s performance was well received, raising speculation among some viewers, especially supporters of Mr. Obama, that he was not as isolated during the Obama interview as Mr. Warren implied.

The McCain camp is pushing back on the insinuation may have cheated, calling it “outrageous.” And Pastor Warren claims to be clueless that McCain was not in the building in his ‘cone of silence’ during Obama’s interview with Warren:

Mr. Warren, the pastor of Saddleback, had assured the audience while he was interviewing Mr. Obama that “we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence” and that he could not hear the questions.

After Mr. Obama’s interview, he was joined briefly by Mr. McCain, and the candidates shook hands and embraced.

Mr. Warren started by asking Mr. McCain, “Now, my first question: Was the cone of silence comfortable that you were in just now?”

Mr. McCain deadpanned, “I was trying to hear through the wall.”

Interviewed Sunday on CNN, Mr. Warren seemed surprised to learn that Mr. McCain was not in the building during the Obama interview.

If McCain entered into his one on one interview with Warren with knowledge of the questions asked ahead of time, indeed he did cheat. See Memeorandum for all the buzz.

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One Response to McCain Wasn’t in his ‘Cone of Silence’

  1. Given I know and respect Rick Warren if he was ‘startled’ at the idea or news that McCain was NOT in his ‘cone of silence’ then I believe him.
    Why? Because, with his church growing so quickly, he came to rely on staff and other church ministers to literally administer much of the church. He simply did not have time.

    If there was an error in the ‘forum’ it was not having both candidates on the property at the same time before the event began. Also taking all comm devices from them would have been a good idea.

    At any rate, McCain’s performance wasn’t on the substance of the questions but using the narrative format I discussed in my own post.
    If this was a screw up it was one that was unknown by Warren.