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McCain Claims Credit For Bailout Deal

10/29/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Previewing a McCain campaign message for the days ahead, top strategist Steve Schmidt claimed Sunday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is responsible for the tentative agreement on a mortgage bailout that congressional leaders announced shortly after midnight.

Schmidt was appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with David Axelrod, the Obama campaign's chief strategist, who ridiculed the McCain claim as "a little bit of fiction."

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