Presidential debate: the campaign spin


From the McCain campaign:

ARLINGTON, VA — McCain-Palin 2008 Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker issued the following statement on tonight’s Presidential Debate:

“There was one man who was presidential tonight, that man was John McCain. There was another who was political, that was Barack Obama. John McCain won this debate and controlled the dialogue throughout, whether it was the economy, taxes, spending, Iraq or Iran. There was a leadership gap, a judgment gap, and a boldness gap on display tonight, a fact Barack Obama acknowledged when he said John McCain was right at least five times. Tonight’s debate showed John McCain in command of the issues and presenting a clear agenda for America’s future.”


From the Obama campaign:

“This was a clear victory for Barack Obama on John McCain’s home turf. Senator McCain offered nothing but more of the same failed Bush policies, and Barack Obama made a forceful case for change in our economy and our foreign policy. While Senator McCain wants to keep giving huge tax cuts to corporations and said nothing about the challenges Americans are facing in their daily lives, Barack Obama will be a fierce advocate for tax cuts for the middle class, affordable health care, and a new energy economy that creates millions of jobs. While foreign policy was supposed to be John McCain’s top issue, Barack Obama commanded that part of the debate with a clear call to responsibly end a misguided war in Iraq so that we can finish the fight against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. John McCain needed a game-changer tonight, and by any measure he didn’t get it,” said Obama-Biden campaign manager David Plouffe.


Presidential debate: the campaign spin

  1. Geek that I am, I watched the debate once on a channel than CNN, and then again on CNN’s rerun with the colourful lines. At first, I couldn’t be sure just how it went overall. I’m a fair bit more aligned with Obama than McCain, and I just didn’t know how Obama performed against the old codger. It bothered me at times how he seemed to too easily give up the last word to McCain and was, to paraphrase somebody’s analysis later on, too intellectually generous with his opponent, ie “John’s right,” especially in light of how often his generosity was repaid with, “Senator Obama doesn’t understand…”
    The second time through, I couldn’t help but focus on the lines, especially the green one, ostensibly representing undecideds. It seemed to me that while the blue and red lines representing their respective Democrat and Republican constituencies ebbed and flowed pretty much as one would expect them to, the ‘greens’ on the whole tended to respond a little more to Obama’s positions and I’ll give it to him on that. But, in the absence of a decisive knockout blow, the decision winds up going to the judges’ cards, and alas, it never seems like the judges saw the same fight as I did.

  2. The “Keating Five” McCain campaign is defining the word “presidential” to mean “senile.”

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