Obama says GOP avoiding issues on voters' minds

YORK, Pa. (AP) -- Barack Obama says Republican attacks coming from their national convention this week are merely an attempt to avoid talking about issues that voters care about, like the sagging economy and housing problems.

At a campaign stop Thursday in York, Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential nominee said, "You're hearing an awfully lot about me" -- but, he added, "you're not hearing a lot about you." And he said most of the remarks about him are "not true."

Obama declined to address the attacks from Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin directly. But he said he'd "let Governor Palin talk about her experience" and he would talk about his.

Earlier in the day, Obama's top strategist dismissed the Alaska governor's convention speech as dishonest about Obama's record. David Axelrod also suggested that John McCain's running mate was only parroting what she'd been told.

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

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