Rick Warren Cancels Obama-Romney Forum: Too Much “Mean-Spirited Slander” (UPDATED)
Pastor Rick Warren, who conducted a forum with candidates John McCain and Barack Obama in 2008, has canceled a similar event this year with Obama and Romney.
“We created the civil forums to promote civility and personal respect between people with major differences,” Warren said. “The forums are meant to be a place where people of goodwill can seriously disagree on significant issues without being disagreeable or resorting to personal attack and name-calling. But that is not the climate of today’s campaign. I’ve never seen more irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads, and I don’t expect that tone to change before the election.
“It would be hypocritical to pretend civility for one evening only to have the name-calling return the next day,” Warren added.
UPDATE: The Romney campaign says Romney never accepted the invitation and did not plan to attend