(YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO) - As Barack Obama campaigns with his running mate for the second day after the Democratic convention, his campaign released a negative ad responding to John McCain's vice presidential pick. The ad doesn't directly criticize Sarah Palin, instead it blasts McCain's economic agenda portraying him as out of touch and linking him to George Bush.
"McCain doesn't get it," the narrator says. "While this may be his running-mate…America knows this is John McCain's agenda…And we can't afford four more years of the same."
This morning, the Obamas and the Bidens enjoyed breakfast together at diner stop in Boardman, Ohio. Obama ordered a waffle, two eggs, and a side of bacon, while Biden stuck to the French toast. In between eating and shaking hands with customers, Obama briefly commented on Hurricane Gustav.
"We are deeply concerned. I've instructed my Senate staff to monitor the situation closely. Make sure we've contacted both FEMA but also private relief organizations just to make sure that whatever happens people are prepared," Obama said.
When asked whether the Gulf Coast is more prepared now than three years ago for Hurricane Katrina, Obama said, "We're going to try to find out."
Biden commented on the evacuation of New Orleans and other coastal areas, saying "this time they're not taking any chances, so say a prayer."
This afternoon in Cleveland, Obama and Biden will attend the funeral of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who died recently of a brain aneurysm.