October 7th, 2008
03:59 PM ET
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Dems: McCain ‘undisputed champion’ of the town hall

McCain ‘undisputed champion’ of the town hall.

McCain ‘undisputed champion’ of the town hall.

(CNN) – Following the hallowed pre-debate tradition, Democrats spent the hours before Tuesday night’s presidential debate praising GOP nominee John McCain.

The Democratic National Committee released a Web video Tuesday afternoon featuring footage of analysts, and McCain himself, highlighting his prowess in and ease with the night’s town hall format.

“Since McCain is the undisputed champion of the town hall, anything less than a game-changing performance tonight would be major disappointment,” said DNC spokesman Damien LaVera.

Earlier in the day, Barack Obama’s campaign looked to set similar high expectations for his opponent. “When it comes to sheer format, we enter today’s debate the decided underdog,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton in a memo sent to reporters. “John McCain does extremely well in town hall settings. It’s been his favorite format throughout his career and we think that he will of course do very well.”

He also used less-complimentary language the campaign has used to describe McCain, describing the Republican as “erratic” and desperate: “John McCain is running out of time for a game-changing event,” he said.

McCain and Obama are slated to face off in Nashville this evening.

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. mike

    John McCain will go on the attack tonight and that will put the final nail in his coffin. We are sick of bickering and name-calling and that's all McCain has left. He has no idea how to fix the economic crisis (he can't even figure out his stance on the bailout), no end in sight for the war in Iraq, a plan that benefits NO ONE but the insurance companies for health care, he has yet to state a position on the mortgage crisis, all of this and I haven't even mentioned his running mate yet!!

    Good-bye John. At least you'll have plenty of nice homes to retire to....and I'm sure Sarah Palin will end up like Kaiser Solzie in The Usual Suspects..."after this, I'm sure you'll never hear from her again"

    October 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Republican Jeff

    McCain will implode tonight. High stress, blood pressure, no ideas, only lies and attacks. It will be fun to watch the old man get pissed, say stupid things and hand the election to Obama. McCain put the election in Palin's hands. He has been out of sight, she has resorted to false attacks and this is the plan and objective for someone who wants to be president. Good Luck!

    October 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Mark

    Ahhh.....nothing beats pre-debate spin!

    October 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. JayT.

    As we learned with Palin, it's all about setting the bar. Her bar was low enough that she managed to get over it while still groveling on her belly. The Democrats are trying to ensure that McCain at least has to step over his bar.

    October 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. megan

    McCain is the Undisputed Champion of Lying....

    October 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    I'm not clear why this is being touted!! Who cares! It will be a short-lived title!

    October 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    I truly believe Mccain is going to win this election, regardless what the polls say. 1. The Electoral College System is being used as the source of the current polls, isn't the Electoral College System to be used only on election date? 2. Mccain person that myself and many other relate and trust. Drive down the road of California and see all the support he has, yet polls say California is for Obama. Those polls don't speak for me and many other that I have spoken to.

    Thank you,

    Robert Juarez

    October 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Connie in Tennessee

    McCain looked so mad in the last debate. Maybe tonight he will finally blow his temper. Although he is sure to have a lot of fans in Tennessee,
    I don't think that is going to help him against Obama – clearly the best choice!

    October 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    And the April fool!

    October 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Brett in NC

    "McBush" – typical, ignorant, Obama supporter....

    October 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Penny

    Nice job, there, Damien LaVera! Already, you have made comments that go against your candidate's abilities. I think you are seriously underestimating your party's standard-bearer, Barack Obama.

    I think that both are going to do fine in this format. However, it will be interesting to see if they can answer tough, direct questions from the audience and from the online audience. If I were there, I'd do simply that. We are crying for direct specifics to very difficult issues that impact America. I hope that both deliver that and not just "spin" talk!

    October 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Chi4Obama

    So I wonder how many times tonight will McBush use GOP buzzwords like "Dangerous", "Radical", and "inexperienced" when referrring to Barack Obama.

    Newsflash to the GOP
    Attacking Barack Obama, will not help turn the economy around, lower gas prices,or help us win the war in Iraq.

    October 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Good Luck

    McPalin will show nothing but hatred and anger. He will attack with lies and try to make Americans afraid of Obama. Try and listen for one positive point, one example of his ideas, one thing he will do in office and you will not hear it. Only attacks, negative statements and trying to break down the person he is running against. Is this really what we need to turn America around? Really? Be serious and objective and ask if this is the type of man, the type of politics that we really need at this point.

    October 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Tyrone Brown

    A little advice to McCain – you will not win this debate or the election in November if you continue to ignore the "reality" of what is going on in America. You can make the huge mistake of trying to paint the Obama/Biden ticket as something it's not, but in the end that will only hurt you and your "heels on, gloves off" running-mate. America is tired of the negative games Republicans play. Why? Because this election not about you, your running-mate, Biden or Obama. It is about our country and the planet's future. Unfortunately, you and the whole McCain campaign – just don't get it!


    Tyrone Brown
    Proud Obamacrat
    Seattle, WA

    October 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Dj

    Does destiny mean anything to anybody? If not, it will.

    It is Obama's destiny to be President.

    October 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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