A Presidential candidates forum was held last night at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Here are some highlights from coverage of the event by the L.A. Times:
* The standard issues were covered: abortion, same-sex marriage, stem cell research. Senator McCain promised more of the same old thing as he rattled off the usual GOP/George Bush answers. "I will be a pro-life president," said McCain, "and this presidency will have pro-life policies." McCain used his well worn line that he would pursue Osama bin Laden to the "gates of hell".
* In contrast to McCain, Senator Obama gave more lengthy, thoughtful, and personal answers. He quoted from the New Testament to answer a question about what had been America's greatest moral failure. "We still don't abide by that basic precept of Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me," Obama replied.
* Senator Obama said he would not have nominated to the United States Supreme Court either Clarence Thomas, who he said was not a "strong enough jurist or legal thinker," or Antonin Scalia, though he said he didn't doubt "his intellectual brilliance."
* When asked to define "rich", Senator Obama said that ". . . if you're making more than $250,000, you're in the top 3% or 4% of the country, and you're doing well." Senator McCain's answer: "I think if you're just talking about income, how about $5 million?" (emphasis supplied).
Five million?? Think how those with only $3 or $4 million in income must suffer.