Check out our video for the proof. John McCain had a chance to say on TV that he wasn't in the "cone of silence" when he came out and started his interview with Rick Warren.
Warren says he's going to ask identical questions and has placed McCain in a cone of silence. McCain's response was:
McCain: I was trying to hear through the wall."
He was not in the cone of silence.
Senator John McCain was not in a "cone of silence" on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.
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."
McCain was supposed to not be able to hear any of the questions before he went on or it would have given him an unfair advantage and a way to mold his answers. Driving in a car is a lame excuse to say he couldn't hear any of the questions. We get all sorts of information these days in numerous ways. And why was McCain even late for the event? It was promoted like crazy.
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.
Andrea Mitchell said on Meet the Press that:
The Obama people must feel that he didn't do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because that--what they're putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.
And Rick Warren was told about it by CNN's Rick Sanchez. Warren responds:
Warren: Well, that's true. He was in a cone of a secret service motorcade.
Sanchez called the McCain camp and said that he would have to go on the honor system. Yea, right. If John McCain can lie about his whereabouts during an evangelical presidential forum on TV, what does that tell you about his honesty and morals? And why isn't Warren outraged by this breach of trust by John McCain? If Obama had not been in the cone the media would be in an uproar about it. Drudge would have had a huge headline on it and he would have been hounded. Well, you know the rest. Please email and call Rick Warren and ask him why he let John McCain lie about not being there on time or in the "cone of silence." He should have been excluded from the forum completely.
Here's his website. Rick Warren.
Here's some contact information for Saddleback below the fold:
Citrus Hills Intermediate
3211 South Main Street Corona, CA
4782 Karen Ann Lane
Irvine, CA, 92604
Lake Forest (Main Campus)
1 Saddleback Pkwy
Lake Forest, CA 92630
700 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92673