More than three and a half years ago Rick Warren, the purpose-driven pastor of Saddleback Church, moderated the “Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion” between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain in advance of the 2008 presidential election. Warren says the country has suffered since he hosted the forum.
In an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Friday Warren explained that he was frustrated that the event’s format — giving each candidate the same questions — prevented him from pressing Obama and McCain on their answers, but said that he would be open to moderating a similar discussion this election cycle.
Warren would not discuss Obama’s performance since the debate, but did say that the country has suffered in the past few years.
“There is no doubt about the country. If you ask the Reagan question that he asked when Reagan ran for office: Are you better off than you were four years ago? There is not a person in America who could say, ‘Yes,’” said Warren.