ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - A sampling of the way campaign surrogates were spinning Thursday night's VP debate:
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds:
"She was very deliberate, she was very concise."
"She exceeded expectations that were too low created by people who don't know her record or her abilities."
"She benefited from the media's quick judgment they made of her after a few interviews."
"She really stuck it to him."
"This is all about the middle class."
Obama surrogate Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
"That was the pinnacle of the debate" when Biden got emotional talking about his family.
"She [Palin] was so cold, so insensitive that she didn't respond... A first response would be to acknowledge someone's loss. Instead she just pressed on with her talking points. She couldn't get out of her box, which shows how she has so little command of the subject matter."
Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry:
"Joe scored more points, she won more hearts."
"She's reassuring. People get a feel for her."
"She was more confident, her head was in a better place."
She could not respond to Joe getting emotional, that was not written into the script at Debate Camp on the creek. And there's our buddy Tucker Bounds again. I have to agree she did win hearts, but if you go beyond the winks and a smile she did not give any clear answers. In fact, I don't know if she answered any direct questions. Her fan base do get a new boost of energy, something they can be proud of supporting. But I don;t think she was able to pursuade anyone to come over "to come up and see her sometimes" [wink&smile]
I thought Joe was awesome. Love the attack when she kept referring to her ticket as the "mavericks", and Joe put them back in their place which I've been waiting for the Obama/Biden ticket to spew that out there for a long time now. That was awesome, he was respectful but really gave her a punch. Joe Won.
she was awful and didnt answer one question. i dont care what u did in alaska. this lady is out of control. everytime she was answering questions she was busy looking down reading her script.. lets see both of them debate with out any notes to look at..