(NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio) Barack Obama used McCain campaign manager, Rick Davis's comments to the Washington Post to blast the Republican Party today. "He said it's not going to be about the issues, it's going to be about personalities, which probably explains why last night when they were speaking, all these speakers came up – you did not hear a single word about the economy," Obama said.
"Not once did people mention the hardships that folks are going though, not once did they mention what are we going to do about keeping jobs here in Ohio."
Obama repeatedly mentioned Davis's comments at the town hall meeting at Kent State University, using them to portray both McCain and the Republicans as being out of touch with the middle class. He argued that Republicans measure economic progress by focusing on the wealthy. "I measure progress by whether or not you can find a job that pays the bills."
Despite his repeated jabs at the Republicans, Obama said he hopes voters will watch the convention in St. Paul, adding, "When I spoke Thursday night, there were more viewers than watched the finals of American Idol. Now that's big."