Candidates Spar Over Bailout Credit

Obama strategist calls claim "little bit of fiction"
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2008 2:00 PM CDT
Steve Schmidt, senior adviser to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, talks to the traveling press corps in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Both Barack Obama and John McCain claimed credit on the Sunday talk shows for ushering through the bipartisan bailout plan, Politico reports. The highlights:

  • “What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all the parties to the table, including the House Republicans,” GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said on Meet the Press.

  • McCain himself was more modest, crediting congressional negotiators on ABC's This Week: "It wasn’t because of me. They did it themselves.”
  • On Face the Nation, Obama claimed that the deal includes his key suggestions, like taxpayer protection, and said that, "For two weeks I was on the phone every day with Secretary Paulson and congressional leaders.”
  •  On Meet the Press Bill Clinton tried to assuage concerns he holds a grudge against Obama, praising the candidate and promising to do "every single thing he asks me to do."