President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may meet at Lake Forest's in August for a civil forum.
Fox News first reported the news after Pastor Rick Warren hosted a Monday call with reporters.
"While we do have expressed interest from the campaigns to host an event, it is not yet confirmed," a Saddleback Church spokesperson said Tuesday. "We did have a call with some of the top TV producers about the possibility for planning purposes, and this story came out of it, though it is premature to report as a done deal."
Warren is eyeing late August for the joint meeting—potentially the week of Aug. 20, according to the Fox report.
Local law enforcement was notified "a few months back" of Saddleback's interest in hosting a forum at the Lake Forest church, sheriff's Sgt. Angel Andrade said.
"Our department is in the initial stages of planning for the event and its security," he said.
However, a date for the event—and whether the event will definitely take place–has not been confirmed, Andrade emphasized.
If it is confirmed, thousands would likely attend the event in Lake Forest.
In 2008, Warren hosted Obama (then a senator) and Sen. John McCain at the church. In November 2010, the evangelical pastor hosted former President George W. Bush.
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