WASHINGTON — The two major presidential candidates took different approaches Friday to news that the Treasury Department was working on a way to create a facility to buy up illiquid assets.

Sen. John McCain used a campaign stop to outline his own plan to create an entity that would attempt to detect problem companies in the financial sector and restore them to health. But details on his idea remained vague and the Arizona Republican used much of his speech to criticize Sen. Barack Obama and his ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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