Obama Blasts Mac Emphasis on 'Biography'

Democrat seizes on comment that 'election is not about issues'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 3, 2008 3:48 PM CDT
"This election is not about issues," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis told the Washington Post. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After a day off in deference to Hurricane Gustav, Barack Obama today jumped on a comment by John McCain's campaign manager that the election "is not about issues" and would be decided on personalities, James Oliphant notes in the Swamp blog. "If you don't have any issues to run on, I guess you want it to be all about personality," Obama quipped.

“What he really means is that he wants to make this campaign about biography,” Obama continued, noting McCain’s emphasis on his time as a prisoner of war. Rick Davis, meanwhile, tried to spin his comments, saying issues of "leadership" and "character" would be what sways voters.