WASHINGTON - During the height of the financial crisis, then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pulled Sen. John McCain aside and said if the Arizona Republican blew up negotiations over a government rescue of big banks, Paulson would publicly blame the presidential candidate when the economy collapsed.

During a Senate Banking Committee vote on housing finance reform on Thursday, Sen. Mark Warner, the normally even-keeled moderate Democrat from Virginia, appeared to be channeling Paulson.

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