Mike Huckabee chatted with the press in the spin room after Wednesday's debate.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (CNN) - The debate's over, but the-post game action is just beginning. The media and the bloggers are flocking to the “spin room”, where surrogates from the campaigns tell anyone who will listen why their candidate won the debate.
The spin room here at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg is packed right now, like a crowded dance floor. Off to the left, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, is boasting of Rudy Giuliani's performance. A few yards away, former Virginia senator (and one-time presidential hopeful) George Allen is describing how Fred Thompson came out on top tonight.
You rarely see the top tier candidates in the spin room, although the B-listers often make appearances. But right now former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee bucking that tradition by holding court. He says it’s a good sign for his campaign that the other candidates felt the need to go after him.
Off to the side, a smaller scrum of reporters and bloggers is talking to Rep. Duncan Hunter, who says he performed well tonight.
And so it goes in the spin room.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser