(NASHVILLE, TENN.) - Barack Obama's campaign has seized John McCain's "that one" comment at the debate tonight, and are now using it to argue that McCain was uncomfortable and that he looked angry.
"It reminds you that McCain is sort of angry and agitated. He looked uncomfortable," Robert Gibbs said in the spin room, "I guess the pillow seat wasn't soft enough. He stood and walked around."
During the debate, McCain was talking about a 2005 Senate vote on an energy bill when he said, "There was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one," McCain said, pointing to Obama. "You know who voted against it? Me."
Both David Axelrod and David Plouffe agreed that the comment was "odd." "Last time we had the debate, Senator McCain didn't want to look at Senator Obama and he made this reference today," Axelrod said, "He seems a little bit irascible, a little bit peevish."
McCain advisor, Nicole Wallace dismissed the accusations, suggesting that the charges finicky. "I'm shocked that at a moment of national crisis, where our economy is on the minds of every single person, I am shocked that they are again proving to be the fussiest campaign in American history."
Republican aides are calling the "that one" comment a memorable line and expect to start using it more in the coming days.