(CHILLICOTHE, OHIO) - Barack Obama brushed off recent attacks by the McCain campaign as a sign of desperation and an attempt to divert attention from the economy.
On his second day of campaigning in southwest Ohio, Obama said, "I know my opponent is worried about his campaign, but that's not what I'm concerned about. I'm thinking about the Americans losing their jobs, and their homes, and their life savings."
Obama acknowledged that there has been a "barrage of nasty insinuations and attacks" and said that he expects to see more in the next 25 days. However, seemingly unaffected by these attacks, Obama added "nothing's easier than railing up a crowd by stoking anger and division, but that's not what we need right now in the United States. The times are too serious."
Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, introduced Obama at the event, and directly addressed some of the charges that the McCain campaign has laid out against the Democratic nominee. Strickland sought to reassure the crowd in this conservative county that "you have nothing to fear from Barack Obama." After declaring that Obama supports the Second Amendment and that he is a Christian, Strickland said McCain and Palin are trying to scare their supporters with their accusations.
"They are doing it, my friends, for one reason, they want to hold onto the power they have and to the positions that they want," Strickland explained.
McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds reacted to Obama's remarks today saying, "Instead of acknowledging the real differences that exist in this election, Barack Obama is using America's economic crisis to deflect legitimate criticisms of himself and his record."
"At a time when hardworking families face uncertainty and a historic decision in November, they expect more than Barack Obama's self-interested calls to stifle any inquiry into his record or his past," Bounds said.