Candidates Score in Pastor Rick-a-thon

Even in a non-debate, pundits still find a way to label somebody a winner
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks during a non-debate forum moderated by Pastor Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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(Newser) – Pastor Rick stressed that last night's Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency wasn't a debate, but that won't stop the pundits from deciding who came out ahead:

  • Byron York, of the National Review, sees the night as a big win for McCain, who's had a "much bigger life."

  • Mike Madden, writing in Salon, found Obama to be "on his game" and quite comfortable talking about his faith, while McCain also acquitted himself well.
  • Mark Halperin's grades of the two candidates don't show much variation: the two men alternate A- and B+ in various categories, and both average an A-.

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