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. jed

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
    senile old man, can't remember if he did the debate already! somehow he thinks he won anyways!!!

    mission accomplished.

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

    This is a joke...right?

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Rick K

    I'd bet hands down this was another internal mistake by the campaign.

    I'm just glad the "send" button isn't right next to the "red" button.

    September 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Alex

    ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha................ohhh man this election is a soap opera...lol

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Wake Up!!!

    haha, Mccain is full of it. He's in for a rude awakening tonight.

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. sue

    That's the only way McCain can win–in his dreams. His behavior lately has been sadly pathetic.

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Alex in San Diego

    Uh.......Not quite sure what to make of this. I guess they plan what they're gonna say even before they know what happens. Talk about no substance and only Spin!!!
    Wow!

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Nico

    WOW....hahaha

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Gia in Los Angeles

    Reminds me of the newspaper headline about Dewey winning the Presidential election!!

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    This is just disgraceful.

    His entire campaign is just a bunch of cheap gimmicks and lies.

    He is proving beyond a doubt that he is NOT READY TO LEAD

    September 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Jimmy

    Wow! The Republicans are prescient! They can predict the future!

    That said, they should foresee that their candidate doesn't stand a chance in November, and they should just pull the plug on their campaign.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Steve/ Houston,TX

    Winning a debate does not mean you have won the election. Look at John Kerry. He was the clear winner of each and every debate but we all know what happened. I am more interested in just hearing what these candidates plan to do to fix this broken country.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Emster

    Wow – the McCain camp just has one stunt after another, one gimmick after another... When are they ever going to actually have a plan or a policy proposal? When are they ever going to take this campaign seriously? I mean seriously – are they ever going to take this campaign seriously?!?! Our nation has serious, critical issues to resolve – and McCain is just clowning around and throwing out any old random gimmick that he can think of. It's time to support the serious grown-up candidate: Obama.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Catherine

    What the......????????

    What games are the republicans up to now????

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    LMAO!!! And they call Barack presumptous!!! Hope McCain enjoys this now because they won't be posting his "victory" sign after Barack walks all over him tonight!

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Greg from San Diego

    Its been a bad week for McCain – and just got worse.

    Shows how fake they really are. Davis quoted with a pre-packaged lie before something even happens.

    Disgraceful.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Beltway Insider

    The McCain/Palin campaign is self-destructing right before our eyes with a speed and intensity never before seen. Obama will be polling 15 points ahead by the end of next week.

    Could the republicans have any less respect or regard for the American people? Sad...and scary.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I bet both camps have similar spam...ready to go out 20 seconds after they're done with the debate.

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Jamal

    Where are the Mccain apologists now?

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. beth

    So this morning we weren't even sure he would show up, and a couple hours later he's already won!

    September 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. freshdem15

    OMG
    '
    This guy is such a total loser, you people who are voting for him must be so proud of yourselves.....

    I will never vote for

    DIPSTICK and LIPSTICK

    Obama/Biden
    all the way to the Whitehouse

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. TN

    Crap. I missed the debate. But, with such confusion this week – who isn't confused.

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Scott L

    McCain is going to crush in this debate tonight...

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    FRAUD AGAIN...YOU TRIED TO PLAY US, DID NOT WORK, THIS IS LYING, DISGUSTING AND I'M SPEECHLESS.
    LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME!

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. America First

    Well that's a no brainer, Obama stammers and stutters when he doesn't have his binky...errrr.... teleprompter.

    September 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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