September 26th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
3 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. Allen Hussein

    Hahahahahahahaha, I think it is official that McCain flew over the Coocoo's nest. Anyone considering voting for McCain needs to seek professional help immediately!

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Ethan

    People who support McCain will see him as winning no-matter-what. It is denial and fear. They really feel as though their ideals are represented by him and have so much emotional emotional investment in the party that they are unable to change. Obama and Biden will attempt to bail them out... I hope they can.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Len in Washington

    At what point will the Republicans throw up their hands and walk away from this disaster? Add to this the reports of even more conservative Republicans calling for Palin to step aside and you have a very sad scene indeed.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. brett

    There's no fool like an old fool...

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Yakof Smirnoff

    Lame...

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Obama/Biden 100%

    Oh my goodness....will this get any crazier?

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Kathy

    McCain is really losing his grip on reality! God save us if the gullible American voter chooses him and air head Palin.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. one nation under god!!!!

    no teleprompter,no 300 advisors just McCain and the boy

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Jen

    All Obama had to do this week was sit back and watch McCain self-destruct.

    I guess McCain is trying to buy the narrative now, since the media won't echo his talking points anymore. What a joke.

    September 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Greg

    McCain would have won the debate if he didn't show up. It's not like Obama is really much of a contender...he's a WIMP!!

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Dino

    Say this was an honest mistake by a campaign staffer, it still shows that they plan responses to these things. Which goes to show McCain expected to show up at the debates all along.

    Grandstanding, anyone?

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Barry

    Obama is the moron that does not have a clue.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Illinois Blue Dog

    I thought Rick Davis had McCain's campaign running on all cylinders after the RNC. Clearly not. What a bunch of boneheads. Its just been one screw up after another since the economy took over the headlines a couple weeks back. I bet McCain wishes he had picked Romney, who not only knew how to speak about the ecomony but, more importantly, knew how to speak to voters about the economy. While I have been an Obama supporter for a long time, I respected and admired Romney, and thought he would have been the best VP choice for McCain and the Republican ticket, especially in places like Michigan and Pennsylvania. But then again, Palin can gut a moose in 2 minutes flat, so maybe she wan't that bad of pick after all.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Dennis in IA

    Can you say ARROGANCE? First he suspends his campaign and the ads and his speeches keep appearing, he then goes to DC and corrupts the negotiations on the BAILOUT – not rescue! Now he claims victory in the debate that he himself said that he would not attend until an agreement was in hand! McSame you should be ashamed as an American to put out all this false information when you said that you would "Take the High Road in the campaign" I picking an unqualified vp candidate and saying in your book you do things quickly and have no regrets shows that you are unfit to be our president. It is about time America wakes up to this nonsense and see how ridiculous the republicans really are!

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. prairieguy

    and to think some folks think he should actually be placed in charge of America and the free world.....Lord please give us a break!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Dee

    To Billy,

    What in the heck are you talking about!?!?!?! If your talking about the political posturing that he performed during the bailout process then you fell for the biggest stunt in history.

    McMuffin hasn't won anything yet and you are just as senile as he is!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. JDM

    This isn't funny anymore.
    What in the H##L would they do this for?
    This is a war hero! His camp is making him look like a nut!!!!!!!!
    I'm a Dem and I don't care for him, but

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. MLD ND

    McCain has absolutely lost it. The guy should call up his buddy Clinton do lunch because they are both freaking egomaniacs.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Jeff - NYC

    This is so sad.

    By the way I taught no ads nor campaign work since Mr. McCain has suspended his campaign.

    This is not the actions of our John McCain.

    September 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Christy

    how could you possiblly win a debate that hasn't happened yet....sounds like propoganda and spin and a bunch of rhetoric to me!!

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Tainopower

    All I am going to heard from obama tonight is da da da da da da da da da da da . We may be lucky if he answers a question whit out starling. 2 minutes answer is not enough for obama is going to spend most of the time saying da da da da da da da da .

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Fritz

    I am honestly beginning to think McCain and Palin should simply concede defeat now. They have totally lost it. Let the election be between Barr, Nader and Obama.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. tulsa

    I've watched the Democratic party tear itself apart every 4 years for years.
    So this is what it looks like from the other side?

    It's not that fun actually. Sad though.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Pretty nervy for the guy who played bait and switch/duck and run just to get some attention until today. Let's wait and see if you can even remember your name tnoight, McCain. My money's on Sen. Obama!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Ohioan

    The McBush and Princess Palin camp has become so very dysfunctional, that I am beginning to think the opposition has infiltrated it.
    Could they be more stupid? No.

    September 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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