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Moderator and pastor Rick Warren will make sure everyone behaves.

“This is a critical time for our nation and the American people deserve to hear both candidates speak from the heart — without interruption — in a civil and thoughtful format absent the partisan ‘gotcha’ questions that typically produce heat instead of light,” Mr. Warren said.

Amen, sir.

“The primaries proved that Americans care deeply about the faith, values, character and leadership convictions of candidates as much as they do about the issues,” Mr. Warren continued. “Since the oath of the president is a commitment to protect the Constitution, it’s critical to know how each candidate interprets the nature of its principles.”

The two-hour forum is part of a series meant to laud Jesus Christ and encourage personal responsibility, church credibility and a return to civility, Mr. Warren said.

By the numbers

44 percent of Americans say Sen. Barack Obama’s trip to the Middle East was a publicity stunt.

41 percent said it was a necessary step in his quest for the presidency.

50 percent of us say political conventions are a waste of time and money.

36 percent say the gatherings help inform voters about the candidates.

50 percent of Americans say the Rev. Jesse Jackson should stay out of Mr. Obama’s campaign.

63 percent say children of candidates are “off limits” to the press.

25 percent said it is important to “get to know them.”

Source: Washington Times-Fox 5-Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults conducted July 15 to 19.

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