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. Dave in Houston

    DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!

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

    You couldn't write comedy material this good...!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Jon, Charlotte NC

    i'm really confused...

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. JusLaugh

    Wait a minute. Did I miss a day somewhere? Isn't the debate scheduled for tonight?

    If this were Obama, the media and pundits would be jumping out of their skin calling him "presumptuous" and "arrogant".

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Pam, Illinois

    This is delicious! The McCain camp is running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. It just proves McCain was grandstanding all along – but then any normal, thoughtful American voter knew that. His sorry attempt to run away from debating Barak Obama is just pathetic.

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. James

    Hilarious!!!!

    The Double-Speak Express full steam ahead!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. jr california

    today is a really great day for the mccain camp... can't wait for the 'bate.

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Nick

    I won the lottery tonight!!!! (wishing it worked this way)

    September 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. No way No how

    McCain-Palin

    The lights are on, but nobody's home

    How much do you want to bet this was a glitch on the part of his campaign, and he will be spinning it that he was referrring to the debate on the bailout or something else.

    The fundamentals are sound , my a-s.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Valerie from Middletown Connecticut

    What ?

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Christy

    Is billy out of his mind!

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Naomi

    I've had enough of this man and his campaign! McCain is mentally unstable. Somebody please admit him to a hospital.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Nancy from FL

    Typical Obamabots attacking a true American like McCain and being sexist towards Sarah.

    PALIN/MCCAIN 2008!!!

    HILLARY OR PALIN 2012!!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. DB

    Letterman will love this!

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Paul in Charlotte

    Dewey Defeats Truman!

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. McCainThePresident

    McCain will also win the election and he will be the next President of United States.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. James

    McCrazy strikes again!!!

    This guy is truly NUTSO!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Judy

    McCain it was true that you did this for politcal reasons. You are such a poor loser and I hope the American people see you for what you are. An old scumb bag. You are too pretty to be true. You did nothing but show up and it is a shame that your Republican base let you use them as a piece of cheap dirt. All of you should rotten in heeeeeeeeeel.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Thank God For Tolkien

    Wow, now this IS impressive, the McCain campaign can look into a crystal ball and can tell the future! If I learned one thing from Lord of the Rings it is that guys who look into crystal balls to tell the future are generally the bad guy. Thus, I must conclude that McCain must be evil. Hmm... that would make Obama good since he has yet to claim victory in the debate. Since all politics is simple: black and white, good and bad. I'm going to vote for the good guy: Obama.

    September 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Eric

    I just heard Sarah Palin stepped Down.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Naomie

    OMG...Can someone please tell tell this guy that the American people are in NO mood for all this drama. PuhhhhhhhhLease.
    I don't get it. He must be banking on an uninformed and dense electorate with all these gimmicks.
    McInsane has giving me high blood pressure, I can't take anymore from him (ok. I can't even acknoledge the train wreck that is Sarah Palin). America wake up. Ask yourself,
    --"self, do I want all this drama in the white house?"
    --"HELL TO THE NO!"

    Vote sanity, intelligence, visionary, USA first, Vote Obama/Biden

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Gia in Los Angeles

    ROTFL!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. JC

    Obviously, he won it before he lost it.....

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Irmiya M Sauka

    I doubt very very much if McCain is incharge of this campaign if not why is he letting the honor of many years be destroyed in a season? The lies has developed a life of its own. It's a shame

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Seriously

    News Headline from McCain Campaign Headquarters: "US WINS WAR WITH IRAN!!!"

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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