Where & Where


August 16, 2008
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (pst)


Saddleback Church
Main Auditorium

General Event Information

At the candidates’ request, this two-hour event will be held in a non-debate format, and will be open to all media. Both candidates also requested that questions be posed exclusively by Warren rather than by a panel or members of the audience. Each candidate will converse separately with Warren for approximately an hour, beginning with Sen. Obama, as determined by a coin toss.

This historic forum will be the only joint event for the two, and the last public appearance for either candidate prior to the two-week hiatus during each party’s national convention.

Due to Secret Service mandate, tickets will be required for the event in the main auditorium, but the program will be broadcast live in multiple venues on the Saddleback campus, as well as on several national broadcast networks and online. It will also be streamed live on www.SaddlebackCivilForum.com.

For basic information call (949) 609-8778

Dr. Rick Warren is a pastor, author, global strategist and philanthropist. His book, The Purpose Driven Life, has sold more than thirty million copies in English, and is published in more than fifty languages. In 1980, Warren and his wife Kay founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Today it is one of America’s most influential congregations, with more than 20,000 members.
Senator Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic candidate for the Office of President of the United States, was elected to the United States Senate in 2004, serving his home state of Illinois. He was previously an Illinois State Senator from 1996-2004. He and his wife Michelle live in Chicago’s South Side with their two daughters.
Senator John McCain, the presumed Republican candidate for the Office of President of the United States, was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, serving his home state of Arizona. He was a member of Congress from 1982-1986. He and his wife Cindy live in Phoenix, and have seven children and four grandchildren.