Bredesen declines to hit McCain on multiple homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen isn't joining the Democratic chorus criticizing Republican John McCain's inability to immediately recall how many homes he owned.

Bredesen, a multimillionaire former health care executive who campaigned for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in Ohio on Thursday and Friday, says he doesn't consider the flap among legitimate issues to criticize McCain about.

Property records show McCain and his family appear to own at least eight homes. Obama has seized on the issue to try to label McCain as out of touch with the financial concerns of regular Americans.

But Bredesen says both McCain and Obama are wealthy -- and that he is, too. He says he prefers to focus on Obama's economic policies that he says will do more to help ordinary Americans.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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