Live Blogging Saddleback Presidential Forum, pt. 1

Rick Warren is hosting a presidential forum with both presidential candidates in attendance. Warren just asked Senator Obama to name a time when he has ever taken a stand that went against his own political party. The only example that Obama could come up with is when he stood against Republicans during the initial invasion of Iraq.

This answer confirms the open secret that Obama is a consistent liberal on both domestic and foreign policy. So far, Obama has been able to conceal his liberalism underneath a veneer of charisma. We’ll see if it holds up.


Rick Warren just asked the question: “At what point does an unborn baby get human rights?”

Obama answered that, “The answer to that question is above my pay-grade.”

Obama then went on to say that he is pro-choice and that as a matter of public policy he would look for ways to reduce the number of abortions.


Obama says that he defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman but that he would not support a constitutional amendment defining marriage in that way.


Obama says that he would not have nominated Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.


  • Eric C. Redmond


    It seems to me that Obama is uncomfortable answering the “worldview” questions and has found a way to hold a personal position without it being a conviction that guides policy. Unfortunately he is most naive about the sinfulness of the people he hopes to govern. Greed, deception and pride drive the abortion industry even as much as a perceived lack of resources to help a pregnant teen mother — resources which actually do exist.

  • Mark Gibson

    His reasoning for not nominating Clarence Thomas was a gaffe. He said that Thomas didn’t have enough experience to be on the Supreme Court.

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