McCain to attend debate, Web ad claims victory already

September 26, 2008

WASHINGTON – Ah the Internet world, a place where things move very quickly — maybe too quickly in the political world.

Before Republican presidential hopeful John McCain announced he would attend the presidentialmccain1.jpg debate on Friday night in Mississippi, apparently an Internet advertisement slipped out onto the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page with it declaring he won the contest.

Here’s a screenshot of the Web advertisement as posted by the Washington Post in which it claims “McCain Wins Debate,” with him in the foreground and an American flag in the background.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said the ad posting was a mistake by the Wall Street Journal.  Oops.

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Its the only way he can win the debate after the confused nattering his campaign has devolved into. Good God! Combine McCain’s “suspension” of the campaign, with Palin’s “suspension” of a coherent policy on anything, and its understandable that only pre-planned spin could win the day for this pair. I almost feel sorry for both of them – almost.

Posted by William A Martin | Report as abusive

Simply unbelievable.

This man has no business running our country.

Posted by tad | Report as abusive

Pretty pathetic. McCain’s grandstand does nothing but confuses the process, and I’m sure he will try to claim that he showed leadership by offering his personal support in the hour of crisis. Anyone with half a brain read right through this and can also see that McCain looks like a “PONG” game in which he’s bouncing all over the place after his emphatic statement that the economy is fundamentally sound.

Thank God Senator Obama dropped the comment last night that “the economy is NOT fundamentally sound.”

Posted by Mike/MASS | Report as abusive

Of course he has his spin ready to go. The sad thing is that it takes time to develop and produce these ads. Which means he planned to attend the debate the whole time even as he stated he would not if no bailout was complete.

It seems his campaign is spinning so fast they are dizzy and can’t keep their efforts moving forward in a straight line.

Posted by Mike in Sac | Report as abusive

Does this mean we can just skip the election [which I suppose McCain has already won] and jump ahead 8 years [because I assume he’s also won his second term in office] and finally begin to get America back on track? What the heck is this guy smoking??!! Maybe we’d better find out exactly what and how many medications Senator McCain is on. And quickly.

Posted by Raymond Singer | Report as abusive

This maybe more than just a mistake, strange how McCain says he wont debate, than we have him ‘as the winner’ before the debate is due to start!!

” as posted by the Washington Post in which it claims “McCain Wins Debate,”

Don’t we have to have the debate first????
Maybe we should start being a little more aware of what is being announced and by who!

Posted by mm | Report as abusive

but he did win it, right?

Posted by Frank Tilley | Report as abusive

Ah, the McCain campaign’s version of a “Mission Accomplished!” banner.

Posted by Whippy | Report as abusive

My response to McCain’s proclamation:

Posted by Datn S. | Report as abusive


Ah, the McCain campaign’s version of a “Mission Accomplished!” banner.
– Posted by Whippy

Posted by Mike/MASS | Report as abusive

Another example of the McCain run as the most incompetent schizophrenic presidential campaign in recent history.

Posted by kaiserfuji | Report as abusive

how embarrassing. sure that ad wasn’t pulled from the Onion?

“McCain Wins Debate….(REALLY small print)…in his own mind”

Posted by working for the weekend | Report as abusive

I like John McCain like my Dad. My dad is a retired military man, has received a purple heart in the Vietnam War. He thinks that that War was the mother of all wars and without him, America would have been a communist Country. He thinks he and his fellows in the war saved the Nation. He likes to be admired day and nights including from my 3 years girl. He is so stubborn changes his meals, timing, menu and above all his cap for no good reasons. He has habit of changing our plans of daily routins without any reason, and we have to accept it. Many times he changed our vacation plans when we were ready to take a cab to the airport.But still I like my dad more than any one else. He will be 70 years on 4th November. But, if some one ask me wether my dad is good for our City Mayor, not only me and my family but my mother and my baby dog will also say in the middle of night NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Get It?

Posted by john dahodi | Report as abusive

The false information first came out in one of Rupert’s Rag’s. Amazing coincidence.
Seems to happen quite often in the Rag’s that Rupert owns. Last thing America needs are wacko’s from outside our borders owning our media.

Posted by Michael Hurst | Report as abusive

This was obviously a standard prepaid ad… which was scheduled to be released tomorrow, but was “accidentally” released by the WSJ this morning. Do you need more evidence of how the media is working overtime to undermine the GOP ticket?

The advertising office should issue a VERY PUBLIC apology!

Posted by Andrew O. | Report as abusive

Deja vu 1948 – Dewey Defeats Truman!

Posted by Cal Cynic | Report as abusive

I just climbed out of the DeLorean: is Palin President yet? ?

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

LOL! Dr. Strangelove strikes again! I hope someone in Hollywood makes a movie of this Republican charade. Truth IS stranger than fiction.

Posted by Elsa | Report as abusive

Nice try, but the thing that McCain has been consistent about this whole campaign is his font. Optima. The ad is close, but no Optima.


Posted by amanda | Report as abusive

So, you think Rupert Murdock’s Wall Street Journal is a part of the media working to undermine the GOP ticket? Oh, they must be in cahoots with Fox. That darned liberal media is at it again.

Posted by Grandma Henry | Report as abusive

Hey Andrew O, the Wall Street Journal (where this ad appeared) is owned by Rupert Murdoch who is a huge supporter of the GOP, so stop whining about the liberal media. The McCain campaign’s (Bush-like) disregard for reality coupled with their overall incompetence (also Bush-like) is becoming more obvious every day and this is just one more example. I think it’s hilarious.

Posted by Laughing Hoosier | Report as abusive

mccain has his spin doctors on speed dial…you can’t win before hand…i can’t wait to watch obama show him how a president handles himself…with class…

Posted by charlene | Report as abusive

I saw the same ad on

so maybe this “mistake” is being splashed everywhere?

Posted by bilbo | Report as abusive

It was all for show. He obviously had every intention of attending the debate. This ad came out HOURS before he made his announcement that he had “decided” to debate. What a tool!!!

Posted by normagene | Report as abusive

Such BLATANT dishonesty! OMG!
The ONLY way that McCain must feel he CAN win is to keep lying and hope people eat it up and stay ill-informed.

What a buffoon!

Posted by Jan | Report as abusive


Posted by Benjamin | Report as abusive

John McCain was right to begin with and should stay in Washington and skip the debate, let the debate organizers go ahead without him as they threatened to and let Obama stay at the grand debate stage and do his lying and bs for the entire thing while John McCain stays back doing his job as a U.S. senate leader.

These two candidates are current sitting senators in the United States Congress! They are paid very well in that position and their job duties are not to hold presidential debates at all, especially when the country is going in the tank. And this economic crisis is a matter needing congressional action and they SHOULD be putting country and their legislative duties before political party debates and presidential candidacies.

Posted by CJ | Report as abusive

Will he announce next week that he won the election?

Posted by Richard Daly | Report as abusive

One of the most powerful sermons you will ever watch. Minister James David Manning says Obama was born trash and is an emissary of Satan! (a must watch) DU&feature=related

In this video, Pastor Jeremiah Wright makes anti-American statements and Obama is lying when he says he never heard Wright make these statements while attending his sermons and church. (another must watch) o4

Posted by Carlos Santanna | Report as abusive

Interesting…His master of the Jedi Mind Tricks never ceases to not amaze me….

Posted by Jondrea Smith | Report as abusive

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Posted by McCain Wins Debate » | Report as abusive

Good for McCain! … we already know he’s the winner … because he puts “country first”!!!

Posted by Ca | Report as abusive

Just goes to prove that the McCain campaign has no plans for truth in their advertising. Lie now or later, they’ll still lie.

Posted by JR | Report as abusive

The Straight Talk Express is off the rails.

Posted by PE | Report as abusive

wall street journal claims a victory and republicans want to bailout wall street. niiiiiiiiiiice…

Posted by kevin | Report as abusive

Mike/Mass said, “anyone with half a brain can see right thru it….” That’s the problem. On the road I live on I could combine the brains from all who are voting for McCain and wouldn’t have a whole one. My next door neighbor has a McCain sign in his front yard and couldn’t tell me three policy positions he has, couldn’t even tell me what the three branches of government are. That’s is what this country is up against.

Posted by WG | Report as abusive

Get real CJ and please see past the political hogwash. How stupid do McCain and his campaign advisors think we are (yikes…evidently some of us are that stupid) that we would believe the pathetic transparency of his claim to put country first. This economic crisis did not happen overnight and it is not going to be resolved in a day or a week, so please stop the political grandstanding it is just tired.

Posted by Gaby A. | Report as abusive

It’s a fake. The font is wrong. Close, but not Optima. Don’t be fooled by such a cheap trick. The McCain campaign had nothing to do with it. It’s a FAKE. Grow a brain, and don’t be so quick to assume everything you see or hear is true.

Posted by NonAffiliated | Report as abusive

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Posted by First Presidential Debate from University of Mississippi « | Report as abusive

Uh, it’s not fake. The McCain campaign admitted the mistake, blamed it on the WSJ.

Posted by jj | Report as abusive

Amanda and NonAffiliated, please re-read the article. It clearly states that McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said the ad posting was a mistake by the Wall Street Journal. Ergo, it is NOT a fake.

Posted by Theresa | Report as abusive

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Posted by Presidential Debate: McCain v. Obama « media lizzy & friends | Report as abusive

Heh. MSNBC did it too.

Posted by Joshua K | Report as abusive

McCain-Obama debate… McCain talked about his experience in the Senate with spending, yet does not know the different BASIC contract types in use by the US Government. “Fixed Cost” contracts do not exist. That …statement… by McCain is illustrative of what he doesn’t know. And I’m not an Obama fan.

Posted by Dano | Report as abusive

“McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said the ad posting was a mistake by the Wall Street”

I personally am for neither Mccain nor Obama, but if you die hard Obama supporters would l2 read, Mccain’s spokesman states it was a mistake.

Posted by Joseph | Report as abusive

McCain won that debate – for sure!

Posted by Pat | Report as abusive

The fact is that he did win. You all are whining about some stupid ad because you are sore loosers.

Posted by julie | Report as abusive

Both camps pre-produced an ad., just like at the super bowl do you think they have a machine in the back that produces the hats and stuff as soon as the game is over. The stuff is done ahead and who ever won, it gets passed out. Same here. It being printed prematurely was not a mistake I am sure- the WSJ is in Oboma’s pocket.

Posted by susan | Report as abusive

Change you can trust, a slogan that could turn around McCain’s campaign?

Change you can trust contrasts beautifully with change you can believe in.

Everyone wants change, only with a team that we can trust to implement it.
If you’re in a tough spot, you want someone to come to help you that you can trust, not someone you believe may want to help you.

John McCain, polls show, is rated as highly qualified and highly trusted. This slogan, change you can trust, reinforces this message.

It can even be added on to John McCain’s current slogan. Country first, change you can trust. Or perhaps Change you can trust that puts Country first. Or how about Change you can trust that puts America first

It implies without directly saying it that the other side is perhaps a little less trustworthy.

It also reinforces the message that in a time we are facing battle with Al Qaeda worldwide and two conventional wars, John McCain is a commander in chief you can trust to lead us to victory.

There are 30 days left before Election Day. Sarah Palin’s debate performance was good, but it’s really up to John McCain to win.





John, are you listening???

http://strategicthought-charles77.blogsp an-that-could.html

Posted by Charles | Report as abusive