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Had you convince both candidates to appear at this a form.
Actually got a call from -- -- who was in charge of that's the compassion forum in April that was done with black college.
And she that would help us -- these -- together for a second compassion forum message sure the fact if you want to -- this battle back you be happy to do it.
And over the next month that became pretty clear that they wanted to do a different format they didn't want to do compassion form again.
They -- another number of different restrictions the could come together on -- -- -- spot.
We've been doing this Salomon accessible formats all invite them to come and be part of that and they -- said well you know what that would do it if you do two things one have a free.
Digital beat anybody wants scary number two if you ask all the questions so -- I was a deal that you know McCain had to be kept -- -- soundproof -- silenced Booth.
And it was there a violation of that.
No there was that I actually pick as a bogus claim.
BI I trust both Iraq.
And John to keep -- word date they knew upfront that one would go first and put deployment and -- -- blocking -- to go first.
The big issue on this was like -- we put him in a room we put McCain in a room that was not even -- the in the same building.
And somebody's word got out that there was a monitor and -- that he was watching the monitor.
Of the service but I heard the heard that Spirit Portland sitting in interviews.
And that the truth is I had that chuck Taylor one of my staff members.
Have a unplug that thing -- disconnected it from the source two days earlier.
And even that they had turned it on which I don't believe they did all the little dot.
You know liberals are very upset today some of them they say are we -- -- heard in the car.
Questioning whether this was really done according to oil.
And you're being beaten up a little bit over at you beaver I'm guessing you have a clear conscience.
It looked -- it is I actually got to give.
One of the questions that and I had a Moffett in an advance that I didn't get to tell us Senator McCain.
Right before we started the probably ten minutes before.
We will onstage.
I met with Barack and I I had actually told them in advance there's one question that I want to tell both of you in advance about.
In particular because I'm going to ask a commitment from.
And I wanted them.
I didn't think it was fair for me to ask them to do it kept -- type commitment for orphans.
Publicly would have given me heads up on.
So you'd get to tell that to did you two Barack.
But because Obama I mean because.
The -- wasn't there when we started I didn't get talent and that was -- probably ten minutes before we we.
It is my last question on this issue before and why should you have told your audience.
That McCain was not there.
Well you know by the actually the truth it's like body was there by that time.
They said he's he's almost here and and fifteen minutes 1015 minutes later when we actually started on stage.
I had every assumption he was already on on the campus.
I say right now.
-- you've been you've -- -- you said as recently as an hour ago on Hannity can't jerk conservative.
You make no bones about that so like I think my guess we have a sense of which candidate you prefer.
Does that stack the deck in anyway and also it's an evangelical Church here in Europe right clearly -- -- Reagan country over there we are California.
Does that stack the deck.
Well there's no doubt about it it was an Orange County I I would claim totally unbiased.
In in the in the moderation but because first place the one of the reasons played by the sad aspect difficult question -- -- -- so that would be any any.
Challenger bias on that these guys are both friends of mine while I'm a conservative I -- like block crowbar Obama a lot he's been a friend for some time.
I don't agree with either of these men on all of their issues.
And it's either man got elected president I would agree with either of them all the time either but I happen to -- like that I think they're both patriots I think they're both good men.
-- -- -- -- -- Predicted did was there any hesitation Obama's part no we you stand politically that you know nothing you wouldn't be fair but that you know clearly he's not and he's not a doesn't have home court advantage.
Right well you know what as a dead at the very fact of the matter that he agreed and and Senator McCain both agreed to come to -- back.
And they both insisted on me asking the questions.
They knew that I was going to be fair that I was going to treat both of them civilly I was not going to interrupt them I was going to let them have their opportunity.
But to ask I -- to answer as they wanted to answer.
When I don't wanna I -- thank you scissors at you you really wish you could -- and to follow questions like any interviewer and of course that was part of the deal right you had a kind of follow.
Along with question you've prepared you couldn't really do follow ups.
He -- in order to be unbiased.
And in order to get more material covered.
I had to limit myself to the primary question every every single one of the questions last ballot.
I wanted to go yeah that yeah but yet but and that includes both John and Brock I mean I just wanted to go to deeper.
And I could have taken.
We could've spent thirty minutes of every single question because these guys are smart they thought it through and they they know what they believe.
But I decided to go abroad.
Instead -- deep and I decided that by by not going into.
Challenging them on different issues it would be more fair to just the same question.
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