WASHINGTON (CNN) - Less than five minutes after the Republican debate ended on Sunday morning, three of the GOP frontrunners' campaigns raced to declare their candidate the winner.
In the no holds barred public relations war, every candidate somehow always wins each debate. This time, Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign was the first one to declare victory, beating the others to my inbox by two minutes. "John is the only candidate with the integrity, courage, and national security experience to lead on day one," advisor Chuck Larson said in a statement.
But former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaigns weren't shy about announcing their candidates' success, either.
In individual statements, Romney's Communications Director Matt Rhoades and Giuliani's Communications Director Katie Levinson both said that their own candidate is the best one to lead the country forward. Rhoades said Romney is "the best candidate to lead our nation forward" and Levinson called Giuliani "best equipped to defeat the democrats and lead our country forward."
The candidates all appeared on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich