Obama says McCain is trying to run from Republican Party’s bad economic record

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) âÄî Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, pouncing on a top Republican aide’s claim that the campaign is not about issues, said Wednesday that John McCain is trying to run away from his party’s bad economic record. Campaigning in eastern Ohio, Obama noted that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said the election would be decided largely on voters’ perceptions of the candidates’ personalities. “This election is not about issues,” Davis told The Washington Post this week. “This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.” Obama mentioned Davis’ comment three times during a one-hour appearance at an outdoor forum on economic issues facing women. He used it to accuse speakers at the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., of avoiding talk about job losses, home foreclosures and other issues. “If you’ve got George Bush’s track record, and John McCain voting 90 percent of the time in agreement with George Bush, then you probably don’t want to talk about issues either,” Obama said. “If you don’t have any issues to run on, I guess you want it to be about personalities.”