Obama says McCain should focus on economy

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Barack Obama says John McCain is not paying enough attention to the economic crisis gripping the country.

Obama has told reporters in North Carolina on Monday that he "cannot imagine anything more important to talk about" than Americans' losing their jobs, health care and homes.

An aide to McCain recently said his campaign would like to shift the presidential race's focus away from the economy, which has been a better issue for Democrats than Republicans. Since then, McCain's running mate Sarah Palin has been questioning Obama's character based on his association with an incendiary pastor and a 1960s radical turned college professor.

McCain continues to discuss economic conditions, but Obama says he needs to offer better and more specific remedies.

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

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