Obama says McCain out of touch on jobs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says his rival John McCain is out of touch with the economic struggles of Americans and doesn't understand that there's nothing more fundamental than a job.

Obama hammered McCain's economic record Thursday during a rally in Michigan, a state struggling with the country's highest unemployment rate.

Obama told supporters gathered in the cold in downtown Grand Rapids that the government's jobs report coming out Friday is expected to show a ninth straight month of decline.

He pointed out that recently McCain said that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong." But Obama said it's clear the fundamentals are not strong and that the country needs a president who understands that.

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

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