(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.
DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!
You couldn't write comedy material this good...!!!
i'm really confused...
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".
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.
The Double-Speak Express full steam ahead!!!!!!!
today is a really great day for the mccain camp... can't wait for the 'bate.
I won the lottery tonight!!!! (wishing it worked this way)
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.
Is billy out of his mind!
I've had enough of this man and his campaign! McCain is mentally unstable. Somebody please admit him to a hospital.
Typical Obamabots attacking a true American like McCain and being sexist towards Sarah.
HILLARY OR PALIN 2012!!!!
Letterman will love this!
Dewey Defeats Truman!
McCain will also win the election and he will be the next President of United States.
McCrazy strikes again!!!
This guy is truly NUTSO!!!
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.
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.
I just heard Sarah Palin stepped Down.
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
Obviously, he won it before he lost it.....
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
News Headline from McCain Campaign Headquarters: "US WINS WAR WITH IRAN!!!"