Sun Aug 17, 7:23 PM Pacific
Spokesman Admits McCain Broke Forum Rules
Updated with video (8:13PM).
Via the McCain Report blog, McCain Deputy Communications Director Michael Goldfarb now concedes that John McCain was not in a "cone of silence" at the Saddleback Church as Rick Warren, and therefore the nation, had been led to believe:
The facts are that Senator McCain was in a motorcade led by the United States Secret Service and held in a green room with no broadcast feed.(Edit: Note that it is totally irrelevant that McCain was with the Secret Service. They go with him wherever he goes. Goldfarb is just mentioning to make it seem like there was a good reason for McCain to break his pledge.)
Goldfarb doesn't expand on those details, but it turns out that McCain finally arrived about thirty minutes into the event. (As Nate Silver reports, Rick Warren confirmed this on CNN. I've posted the video at the bottom of this entry.)
Goldfarb makes a big point of saying the green room had no broadcast feed, but that is beside the point.
McCain had agreed to be in a cone of silence. He broke his promise.