September 26th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain camp releases ad claiming debate victory

The McCain campaign released a web ad Friday claiming McCain won the debate.
The McCain campaign released a web ad Friday claiming McCain won the debate.

(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.


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soundoff (294 Responses)
  1. Josh

    Is this suspending a campaign?

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Billy

    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.

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    What an idiot!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. LT

    A new low – even for him

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Oppose Zig Zag Express

    This is real Lunacy!!

    The McCain campaign is really crazy.

    What is going on?

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Tony

    THIS GUY IS DELUSIONAL!

    HELLO JOHNNY. THE DEBATE HASN'T HAPPENED YET!

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Fool!

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Troy B.

    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.

    September 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Abby

    Why are they so undisciplined and unprofessional? If this is how they run a campaign, how will they run a country?

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Salliesue

    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....

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. James From Chicago

    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.

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Dan in CHI

    He won the debate with himself on whether he should attend the debate. Huge moral victory, worthy of an advertisement.

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Bill

    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!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Mike G

    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.

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Floridian

    I know you're still trying to learn this Internet thing...but really?!

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Glenn in California

    TOO FUNNY!!!

    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.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Aygola

    Is Sarah Palin running McCain's campaign? That would explain a lot.
    Seriously who is running this campaign or who is running McCain?.

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. ines

    Arrogance...

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Nicholas

    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.

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Dee

    HUH!?!?!? What debate?? Ok now McShame is really senile!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Judy in PA

    McCain won the debate..........................I thought it wasn't until this evening.......................did I miss it. Or is this the "Dewey won" headline.

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Sandra

    McCain is absolutely a joke!

    Who can trust a camp that have no focus whatsoever on the real issues!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain is a MORON.... and so is his VP

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Me

    Whoops!

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Cecilia Sherrard

    Perhaps he can see the outcome like Palin can see Russia.

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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