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. Anonymous

    THIS IS DUMBER AND DUMER McCAIN AND PALIN!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE UNITED STATES IS GOING BROKE AND YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE MORE IDIOTS IN. WOW!!!! NO WONDER WE ARE IN A RECESSION!

    DEMI

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

    mcshane is the biggest losser i had ever known.go obama

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. NYObamacan

    Wow... this is the definition of spin.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Wake-up America

    Talk about Egotistical. McCain and you other Republicans who support him are so delusional I actually pity you.
    And I will pray for you every night in the hopes you WAKE-UP from this brainwashed nightmare you are living in.

    The McCain Campaign and the rest of you Republicans have done nothing but negative attacks, some reports indicate as much as 90% of the adds are misleading and flat out lies. So why can’t some of us Independents and the Democrats say what we feel. McCain/Palin is for “Country First” I just can’t figure out which country. It sure isn’t America. Maybe Palin thinks Alaska is country and McCain thinks his 9 homes are a country into themselves.

    September 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. WASP Member!!!

    OMG!!!! Did this senile old man forget that the debate has not happened yet. Somebody please tell him. Where is Joe Leiberman when McCain is in need of someone to whisper in his ear.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Enough !!!

    What a clown McShame has turned out to be!!!

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. PartyHeartyArtie

    Can the McCain camp really be that stupid???

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Robert Jordan

    Everybody pile into the DeLorean...we're going back to the future!

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Shirley-Ohio

    He may have won the debate according to the Republicans after that circus act they performed in Washington, but I believe McCain may have just lost himself the election.

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Mary

    You old fool. What debate the one with Sarah Palin or your wife?

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. TRUTH

    Does he mean the debate he had in Washington that actually hindered a bipartisan resolution to the bail out?

    When McCain wins, Americans lose! Unless you're rich!

    September 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Crazy Cat Lady

    Good grief - you couldn't make this stuff up if you tried. Is everyone in the McCain campaign wearing clown shoes?

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCSENILE DID WIN !!!!

    HE DEBATED HIMSELF AS ANOTHER PERSON & WON.

    HIS CAMPAIGN IS GOING TO BE WORLD FAMOUS,

    AS THE COMEDY OF ERRORS IN POLITICS.

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Arden

    WHAT A JOKE. MCCAIN YOU ARE A FOOL. THERE'S NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL. How much spin can one person spin. Like Pres. Bush I can no longer stand the sight of John McCain or Sarah Palin. Four very close friends have already planned to leave the country if John McCain get elected and I feel sure that there will be more to follow.

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Cirena

    Mccain is an idiot. Plain and Simple. If I was a republican, I would verry embarrased by all of his actions.

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Killbucket

    This has got to be the most arrogant political campaign in history. How cynically focused on hoodwinking the uninformed. -By the way, the GOP IS the Republican Party. Like we don't know who KFC really is...

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This campaign has ran out of material.

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. rice, bryan

    wow, now mcbush can see into the unclear future. what a clown. keep wishing upon a star, dreams even come true. even for really old people.

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Generation X

    This is just to easy...lol...lol...lol...

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Kevin in Jackson, MS

    A another fine example of the typical Republican "smoke and mirrors" machine hard at work.

    September 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. PUMBU

    MY GOD I'M AN INDEPENDENT BUT THIS GUY GAVE ME SO MANY REASONS TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS, WHAT A MORON AND ARROGANT ELIITIST MACCAIN IS? WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS GUY? SERIOUSLY, HE NEEDS TO SEE HIS DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. A Boston

    Win? After McCoward was clearly quick to back down!
    Still trying to dupe the American people. Tricks are for kids.

    Obama 08'

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Tired

    People, people...he won the debate in his mind caused by the hallucinations his medications give him. Show some respect for the mentally challenged elderly.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Marilyn

    I saw this yesterday and thought it was just a gimmick.
    After yesterday, somebody need to get mccain checked out. I believe he is seriously mentally ill.

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Nic

    In sports, we call this "myopia."

    Now we all know what he was doing for 45 minutes in the meeting last night. He was on his Blackberry posting up bulletins on Myspace and Facebook that he won the debate! Too bad someone forgot to tell him to schedule them in EST not GMT!

    September 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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