September 26th, 2008
10:42 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain aide: ‘It’s like they have the place bugged’

The McCain campaign released a Web video featuring debate footage before the candidates left the stage.
The McCain campaign released a Web video featuring debate footage before the candidates left the stage.

(CNN) – Before John McCain walked off the stage, his campaign already had a new Web video up featuring footage of the first debate – clips of Barack Obama agreeing with his Republican rival. On the McCain campaign Web site, spokesman Michael Goldfarb noted mid-debate that journalists were already describing that refrain as fodder for a new ad: “It's like they have the place bugged,” he said.


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  1. seearkansas

    McCain was very condescending and he does sound stuck in the past. I respect his long service but he doesn't have any new ideas.

    September 26, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Aric

    Somebody get McCain his purple heart cause he has shot himself in the foot!

    September 26, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Barney

    Maverick – unpredictable, uncontrollable, reckless

    Do you people want 8 more years of ready fire aim?

    September 26, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. ohio

    did anyone here notice that McCain was not wearing a "Flag Pin' Obama was !!!!

    September 26, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. seearkansas

    McCain's budget cuts were to fire federal employeees – whom he later praised in regards to homeland security. 1) Firing thousands more in an ailing economy isn't going to help anyone – especially at what government workers are paid. 2) Federal employees are public servants – we keep America working. Remember the government shutdown during Bush 1's tenure – bad idea, very bad idea.

    September 26, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. ruby jones

    i can not believe how the mc cain aide who was just on cnn can stand on camera and out and out lie. she learned from mc cain i guess.

    September 26, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. mitch

    repubs dont even know when their toast.

    September 26, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    McCain , Wooped Obama Big Time Tonight . Obama Didn't Do Well At All , He Looked Lost For Words Most of The Time , And Very Angry . John McCain Does Well Under Pressure . Obama Crumbles

    McCain/ Palin 2008

    September 26, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. Edmond Dantes

    Your party should know

    September 26, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. james Northrup

    O'Bama was the daddy tonight – he made Mac look like a tired old cliche.

    September 26, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  11. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    First, I'd really like to know why CNN cut off comments on a lot of the topicson the Ticker!

    Next I'd like to say that I thought Barrack SMOKED McCain on the issue of Iraq, primarily because both BUsh and McCain have so much invested in the conflict which took valuable resources away from the REAL WAR ON TERROR.

    Additionally, Iraq is the war that McCain so desperately needs to "win" because to quote Charlie Daniels, he's "still in Saigon in his mind." This is why he keeps playing the POW card.

    September 26, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  12. Belle1

    The best way to listen to a Presidential debate is to Turn Off the TV right after. The analysis line by line gives me a headache. Especially when pundits start adding in what they think the candidate meant.

    If you don't know, why don't you do some reporting, and ask them!

    September 26, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  13. angelo

    mccain cleary is afraid of obama, how come he would not look him in the eye, same old man same okd bush, ways, america is tired of this republican, i cleary thought obama won this hands down, mccain showed me a side that i dont want to see in the whitehouse,

    September 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. TD

    CNN HAS CLOSED ALL ROOMS BUT THIS ONE, BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT US TO VOICE OUR OPINIONS ON THE BAD CANDIDATE BO...........GOD THE DNC IS KILLING AMERICA

    September 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. Inquiring Minds

    Obama – I agree with Mc Cain – Seven times – what's up with that??

    Mc.Cain – What Obama does not understand – eight times...

    Obama – just drop out – if you agree with Mc Cain why are you running for Prez... What a looser....

    September 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. DemocracyNow2008

    Obama was very Presidential tonight and if the Low Life Republican Party was their to tape Obama's saying to McCain your right.

    Then think that is going to work in campaign ads you gotta another thing coming.

    Obama held is own tonight and no matter what the GOP does with Obama comments to McCain Obama will be our next President on November 4th.

    The only thing I would suggest to the Obama campaign on Renewable Energy say no to Nukes .

    They are not renewable and they are dangerous remember 3 miles Island ?

    September 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. NEW JERSEY FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    Where was McCain's flag pin?!?! I thought he slept with it on? Obama was wearing his? Interesting....

    September 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Struggling, single mother in NC

    I think McCain and his supporters were watching a different debate or just doing some really good drugs!!! McCain did nothing to earn any respect from him. Lots of low blows and talk of the past but he has no flexibility or willingness to be wrong. We are human and we do make mistakes, the only way to learn from them is to admit to them so you can grow and make better choices in the future.
    I think that fact that Obama is not willing to pigeon hole himself about something that he can't possibly know about yet shows his willing to listen take advice and weigh his decisions. McCain camp would like for you to believe this is a bad trait to have. Yet he is not giving us any idea as to where he is headed because all he talked about was the past and his record. So if we are to go on his past that does not bode well for change or new administration policies.

    September 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. LT for Obama

    rudy jones:

    You have to remember that they are pathological liars. I mean, look at the debate, outside of repeating stump speech talking points most of the time, he was lying about Obama's record and stance in which Obama repeatedly called him out for.

    September 26, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. jhahn

    McCain is a good senator...he should keep that job. Obama gave the appearance of having better judgement, and being a more balanced individual...he addressed the issues instead of trying to make political points and droning on and on about wars....

    September 26, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Robert

    Watching this debate as a foreigner, I am worried that if McCain is elected President, US will most probably start another war with either Iran, Russia or North Korea. By the way why does the old man keep patronizing Sen. Obama? ' You dont understand' geez

    September 26, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Charlie

    Wow. Obama is that guy that has the swagger of a president. He stood his ground and kept cool in the midst of things that were thrown back and forth. I saw McCain get upset a few time and react off of raw emotional. Obama is the guy that American needs. He was right on top of all the things that McCain might bring toward him. I was impressed by what he had to say and how he presented his ideas. The ideas were clear. Someone put McCain the bitter old man to bed.

    September 26, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. Cam

    Obama giving credit to McCain on issues where he though McCain was right was a Presidential approach to take. Contrast that with McCain being completely unable to even give credit to Obama when they totally agree on issues......I think McCain came across as smug, condescending, confrontational, and defensive. Overall, Obama came across as knowledgeable, steady, and ready to lead.

    September 26, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. America think for you

    Barack kick McCain tonight in the debate. Next Thursday Biden will do the same. Very good job for Barack Obama. He is ready for the job now.

    September 26, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. lks

    McCain wins big, sorry nobama!

    September 26, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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