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McCain ‘wins’ debate–before announcing he’ll participate

Posted by James McPherson on September 26, 2008

In the latest apparent misstep of the ongoing on-again off-again farce that the John McCain campaign has become, his campaign supposedly today released an ad announcing that he had “won” tonight’s debate–even before the candidate himself announced he would participate. (Note the qualifying words “apparent” and “supposedly”–I don’t discount the possibility of fakery, and have seen no confirmation yet from the McCain camp).

The best part of the story, if true: McCain campaign manager Rick Davis’ quote stating, “McCain won the debate–hands down.” You can see a screenshot of the ad (as linked from the Washington Post article) below.

Same day update: During the “suspended” part of his campaign, McCain apparently managed to work in at least a couple of hours of debate prep.

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2 Responses to “McCain ‘wins’ debate–before announcing he’ll participate”

  1. goodtimepolitics said

    Well at least John McCain puts hiis country before a debate! Obama puts a debate before his country! 🙂
    Obama is being investigated for his “Park to Nowhere”
    http://xrl.us/or9tf

  2. James McPherson said

    The fact that I had to “rescue” this note from my spam area is only one of the things that make it smell fishy to me, but I try to let people speak and make up their own minds unless something is obviously libelous or profane. I also see no real evidence, of course, that McCain put his country before a debate, but thanks for the comment.

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