September 26th, 2008
10:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Who played Obama in McCain's debate prep?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rob Portman played the part of Obama in McCain's debate prep."]
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - After days and days of denials that they had anyone playing Obama in debate prep sessions, two McCain campaign aides admitted to CNN they were using a stand-in for the Democratic nominee: former GOP congressman and OMB director Rob Portman.

Portman has been playing Obama in mock debates, including a two-hour session Thursday night in McCain's Virginia apartment, and one at an Oxford high school hours before tonight's debate.

Ironically, in 2000, Portman played Joe Lieberman in mock debates for then VP candidate Dick Cheney.

Now Lieberman is a close friend and supporter of McCain's, and a regular on the road with him.

soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Renee

    Why denials that they had anyone playing Obama in debate prep sessions?

    September 27, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. a p

    So, was McShame looking at Portman in the eye ? McCain gorsses me out for not having the respect to look at his rival in the eye. I have always taught my kids that if you are telling the truth, then you can look someone in the eye. Not doing so..inpires distrust.

    September 27, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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