The Inventor of the BlackBerry (?)

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McCain’s top economic adviser Holtz-Eakin holds up his BlackBerry when asked by reporters Tuesday what work McCain did as Senate Commerce Committee chair that helped him understand the markets.

“He did this,” he says, pointing to his device. “Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce committee so you’re looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that’s what he did.”

Senior aide McDonald responds: “He would not claim to be the inventor or anything, much less the BlackBerry. This was obviously a boneheaded joke by a staffer.”

Plus: Obama camp says remark falls just short of “the most preposterous thing said all week.” Statement here.

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