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Who Won the Week Day?

It's hard not to hand a victory this week to Barack Obama. Wall-to-wall press coverage -- most of it highly positive regarding his trip to the Middle East and Europe -- followed by a scheduled appearance on "Meet the Press" this Sunday. John McCain, meanwhile, sought to counter-program with a series of stateside events focused on the economy and energy. But, more often than not, he found himself drowned out by the Obama trip.

So, rather than focus on the week that was for our "Who Won" competition, we are going to zero in on Friday, when both candidates made high-profile and important appearances -- albeit thousands of miles apart from one another.

For Obama, it was a press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. While the effusive Sarkozy stopped short of an endorsement of Obama, which would have been bad diplomacy and not necessarily helpful to Obama here in the states, it was clear there was great affection and agreement between the two men on a number of issues.


For McCain, it was a speech at the GI Forum in Denver, in which he blasted Obama for his initial and continued opposition to the surge of U.S. troop levels in Iraq. McCain condemned the "audacity of hopelessness" (heyooo!) and added: "Senator Obama told the American people what he thought you wanted to hear. I told you the truth."


So, who won Friday? And how will what happened on Friday translate into the next week of the campaign? The comments section is open for business. And, remember, be creative and concise if you want to win the official Fix t-shirt at the end of the rainbow. The deadline for submissions is 3 pm Sunday and all submissions must be made in the comments section.

Go to it!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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