Huffpost Politics

McCain Actually Blocked Creation Of Blackberry

Posted: Updated:

To those who express doubts about his economic acumen, John McCain has a simple answer: "I was chairman of the Commerce Committee, which oversights all of the commercial aspects of America's economy," he said in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday.

It's a bit of an exaggeration -- the Senate Commerce Committee doesn't have primary jurisdiction over the financial services industry, which is at the heart of today's economic crisis -- and it's also a more complicated story than McCain's declaration might suggest. ...

One thing is certain: McCain's tenure is not as simple to encapsulate as McCain's economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, tried to make it seem last week, when he held up a BlackBerry and credited its invention to McCain's work on the committee. In fact, McCain voted against key legislation that paved the device's way.

Read the whole story at Politico

Register To Vote