(CNN) – The time between the final answer in any presidential debate and the campaign press release declaring victory can usually best be measured in milliseconds. But John McCain’s campaign – which has been downplaying his performance at Friday’s faceoff, offering praise for opponent Barack Obama’s “eloquence” and debating skill – seems to have decided it’s never too soon to start spinning the outcome.
The Washington Post reported Friday that the campaign was running an online ad featuring the headline: "McCain Wins Debate!" and a photo of a smiling McCain and an American flag background. Another featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: "McCain won the debate - hands down."
The Obama campaign quickly circulated the report – which came moments before McCain’s team confirmed he would take part in the evening debate after all.
Is this suspending a campaign?
I thought McCain was strong during the debate and show steady leadership and real Maverickiness.
He was like a Maverick with an extra helping of awesome on top.
What amazed me was that he was a POW and he really related to America when he referenced it 16 times during the debate.
This is a GAME CHANGER and I suspect Illinois will go red now.
What an idiot!!!!!!!
A new low – even for him
This is real Lunacy!!
The McCain campaign is really crazy.
What is going on?
THIS GUY IS DELUSIONAL!
HELLO JOHNNY. THE DEBATE HASN'T HAPPENED YET!
Well, seeing as he already seems to think he won the election with how bad he is handling things right now, does this one really come as a surprise?
I guess McCain thinks that all he needs to do is show up to stuff and magically he wins.
Why are they so undisciplined and unprofessional? If this is how they run a campaign, how will they run a country?
Did he forget he hadn't gone to the debate yet? How convenient! I guess we know what the Republican spin on the debate will be....
McCain and his people are in LA LA LAND. They really need to get a grip.This is why they are going to loose to Obama.
He won the debate with himself on whether he should attend the debate. Huge moral victory, worthy of an advertisement.
Wow – he must be using Palin's pastor to fortell the future!!
But has he got it right? Probably not – not after this weeks' fiasco!!!!
Wow!... McCain is just getting desperate!!! It's kinda getting sad and pathetic. I hate to see what he tries next if the polls drop anymore.
I know you're still trying to learn this Internet thing...but really?!
You can't make up stuff this funny. McLame provides comic relief now every day from his own personal 3 ring circus.
It's about time for someone to give him his Bingo card and sit him down in the corner. Obviously, his dementia has now gotten the better of him, and it's getting worse every day.
Just say NO to McLame and Caribou Barbie.
Is Sarah Palin running McCain's campaign? That would explain a lot.
Seriously who is running this campaign or who is running McCain?.
You cannot be serious? McCain...there are no words for you. You're not even a candidate anymore, you're whole campaign is a joke. LOL. This is truly laughable.
There's an old saying, if it don't make dollars than it don't make sense. The republican led government has been losing money for years.
Obama/Biden 08/12 because it just makes sense.
HUH!?!?!? What debate?? Ok now McShame is really senile!!!
McCain won the debate..........................I thought it wasn't until this evening.......................did I miss it. Or is this the "Dewey won" headline.
McCain is absolutely a joke!
Who can trust a camp that have no focus whatsoever on the real issues!!!
McCain is a MORON.... and so is his VP
Perhaps he can see the outcome like Palin can see Russia.