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Set the TiVos: John McCain, Barack Obama and Rick Warren live

August 12, 2008 | 10:05 am

CNN just announced that it will air live the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency at 5 p.m. PDT Saturday. That's the Orange County get-together bringing Barack Obama and John McCain in conversation with pastor Rick Warren.

(UPDATE: C-SPAN has also announced it will broadcast the forum live.)

For those who don't look at nonfiction bestseller books or frequent bookstores, Warren is the author of the mega-selling "The Purpose Driven Life" and pastor of the 22,000-member Saddleback Church.

The candidates won't appear together, but CNN notes that this is the first time both candidates have been within hailing distance of each other since they locked up their parties' nominations. And the appearances signal how important faith communities are to each campaign.

On the agenda: "compassion, faith, values and leadership." Warren will ask all the questions, and a coin toss determined Obama goes on first.

-- Scott Martelle