Tomorrow--for the first time since they became presumptive presidential nominees, Barack Obama and John McCain will be in the same place at the same time. We find out what to expect from back-to-back interviews with Pastor Rick Warren. How did a California evangelist land such an event? What’s the potential impact—on fundamentalist Christians and the rest of the voting public? Also, Georgia's ceasefire with Russia, and American business finds loopholes in economic sanctions against Iran.
FROM THIS EPISODE
On his way to Crawford, Texas today, President Bush got off a verbal shot at Russia for its military action in neighboring Georgia. In Tbilisi, Georgia, President Mikail Saakashvili signed the ceasefire worked out in Russia by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. With him was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said that with the ceasefire "all Russian troops and any irregular and paramilitary forces that entered with them must leave immediately."
Rick Warren is author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold some 30 million copies worldwide. He is the evangelical pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Tomorrow, he'll be talking for one hour each to John McCain and Barack Obama, both of whom he calls "friends." The interviews will be back to back, but this is the first time the two will have been in the same place at the same time since becoming presumptive presidential nominees. We find out what to expect from the interviews, learn how a California evangelist landed such an event and discover the potential impact—on fundamentalist Christians and the rest of the voting public.
David van Biema, Senior religion writer for Time magazine
Rob Schenck, Chair of the Committee of Church and Society, Evangelical Church Alliance
Richard Pierard, historian of the evangelical movement in the US
David Domke, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington
America's embargo on goods to Iran was imposed in 1987, although it's been tightened since. But other countries don't observe the same restrictions. That means billions of dollars to American business. Last year, the US shipped almost $12 billion worth of goods to the United Arab Emirates, the bulk of which went to Dubai. Between 30 and 40 percent of those goods are then exported, and Iran has become Dubai's number one trading partner. That raises some interesting questions, and Christopher Stewart, contributing editor to CondeNast's Portfolio magazine, went looking for answers.
Christopher Stewart, Contributing Editor, Portfolio
More From To the Point
US elections: How far have we come since Bush v. Gore? This program began in the year 2000 with coverage of the contested election of President George W. Bush. Changes in the following 17 years were supposed to improve the integrity of the electoral process. Is the "guarantee" that every American has the right to vote more — or less — a reality?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Cartoonist Roz Chast on Manhattan: ‘I feel more alive when I’m there’ Part of the pleasure of reading Roz Chast’s cartoons in the New Yorker is realizing your life isn’t so miserable after all. Her characters live in a world filled with… Read More
Handlebar’s Sandra Adu Zelli on the 5 best ingredients for a kickass winter salad People in Santa Barbara aren’t used to standing in line. The one exception may be Handlebar Coffee Roasters, where it’s common to see cyclists and hipsters waiting out the door.… Read More