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Steve Schmidt offers a prediction, in the form of a pep talk to McCain campaign staffers.

Published October 26, 2008 5:21PM (EDT)

John McCain's top strategist, Steve Schmidt, trying to keep young campaign aides from losing hope, according to the Washington Post's Michael Shear: "Being part of an effort that fails does not make you a loser; it makes you a competitor. What makes you a loser is curling up into the fetal position at a time of adversity. The only thing that would ever define anyone as a loser is to quit before it is over."

By Mike Madden

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