“Pastor snags Obama, McCain for joint appearance”
(CNN) — Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain in August will be on the same stage for the first time in the 2008 presidential campaign.
… Rick Warren has invited them to appear at a leadership and compassion forum in his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, on August 16. Warren, the author of the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life” spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer by phone Tuesday from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
BLITZER: Pastor Warren, how did you do it? How did you convince both of them to show up?
PASTOR RICK WARREN, SADDLEBACK CHURCH: Well, Wolf, they’ve both been friends for a long time. I knew both John and Barack before either of them decided to run for office, had talked with them. Both of them have helped me in the past with our peace plan….
I have a church full of Democrats and a church full of Republicans and a church full of independents…. [T]hey’re both amazing men [Obama/McCain]. I’ve known them for a long time. Click here to read this entire news story by CNN.