DURYEA, Pa. -- "I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate," Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told executives and employees of the Schott glass company Friday afternoon, "and I just want to be honest with you. I know that."
"And I know that the temptation is to say, 'You know what? …The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington.,' You know, 'he’s got funny name,' You know, 'we’re not sure about him,'" Obama continued. "And that’s what the Republicans, when they say, 'This isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities,' what they’re really saying is, 'We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.'
"Just making stuff up," Obama said, "or that he never’s gotten anything done even though over the last 20 years I’ve given health care to kids who didn’t have it."
Obama was referring to a comment by Rick Davis, the campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who told The Washington Post this week that "this election is not about issues, this election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."
-- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller