Despite pastor Rick Warren swearing that John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire MORE was in a "cone of silence" during Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Forget conventional wisdom — Bernie Sanders is electable 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care MORE's hour-long portion of Saturday's faith forum at the Saddleback Church in California, McCain's staff confirms that the Arizona senator was in fact in his motorcade on the way to the forum during Obama's portion.

Why does this matter? Because McCain and Obama were asked identical questions under the pretense that whoever went second would not hear the answer of the candidate who went first.

So does that mean McCain cheated? Spokesman Nicole Wallace tells the New York Times no.

"The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous," Wallace told the paper.

But McCain played along with the cone shtick during the forum.

The first question Warren asked McCain: "Was the cone of silence comfortable that you were in just now?"

"I was trying to hear through the wall," McCain joked.