August 5th, 2007
10:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Spinning over winning

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

Filed under: Iowa • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Charles, MA

    Wow, so Giuliani clearly has no interest in a united country. Instead he wants to "defeat the democrats". So essentially, at least half the country would have to live in defeat for at least four years if he were to win. Sounds he loves America so much that he wants to eliminate the whole "democracy" part and make it a one-party, one-choice system.

    What's he going to do if he gets elected? Declare all the Democrat congressmen invalid and hold new elections with only Republican nominees? Will he eradicate the Democratic party forever? Oh, such a heroic man, working so hard to tear apart the fabric of our nation.

    August 5, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Geoff, Princeton, NJ

    The only winner of this debate was Ron Paul.

    August 6, 2007 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  3. Winston

    My only goal is to understand what the hell happened to us after a few generations. You guys and gals are all brainwashed to pick from a pre determined line up of "front" runner candidates.

    None of them have anything brilliant other than the same philosophy. You all need to quit being influenced by TV and think about truth and whats right. You are going to send us straight to hell arguing about "1st" runner candidates. You all are already forcing many of us to move our business and families to other countries. Unless you Americans can reverse your trends, you WILL live in poverty as the INFORMED ones will be gone with their money and jobs.

    August 6, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Will - Miami, Fl

    The ABC and Drudge Report post debate polls show Ron Paul winning with a HUGE margin and you STILL refuse to even mention his name in this article.

    It's not going to work. Our guy IS gaining support rapidly. You're not going to be able to ignore him much longer.

    I think you'll also be shocked when you see his campaign donations next quarter...

    August 6, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Um. Pretty sure the public isn't going to believe the announcement of a debate winner from someone in their camp.

    August 6, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |