You may have seen that Barack Obama and John McCain will both participate in a presidential forum on Saturday night at an evangelical conference in California. It’s receiving heavy publicity and will be televised live by CNN and MSNBC, but it is not actually a debate.
McCain and Obama will be interviewed separately by Rick Warren, each for one hour. Warren is promising wide-ranging discussions and tough questions but is also stressing that the tone will be civil (perhaps why both candidates were so agreeable to taking part). Actually, the most interesting moment will probably come in the middle of the broadcast, when both McCain and Obama will briefly share the stage – one coming, one going – a scene that should evoke memories of the in-between moments of the back-to-back Democratic and Republican debates in New Hampshire back in January, when ABC’s Charlie Gibson invited all of the candidates to mingle together onstage (although Ron Paul ended up standing by himself for much of the time).