McCain dismisses BlackBerry claim

MIAMI (AP) -- John McCain is said to have "laughed" when he heard that a top adviser claimed that the candidate helped to 'create' the Blackberry.

McCain, after all, has said he doesn't know how to use a computer and can't send an e-mail.

Another McCain aide has dismissed the Blackberry remark as "a boneheaded joke by a staffer."

The remark came earlier today from policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin. He said that McCain, through his position on the Senate Commerce Committee, was instrumental in bringing about legislation that helped developments in the telecommunications industry.

Barack Obama's campaign responds that the claim "would have been the most preposterous thing said all week," had McCain not talked earlier about the strength of the economy during the current financial crisis.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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