FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — At a town hall meeting at North Farmington High School outside Detroit this evening, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., offered a new schtick to his attacks on the Republican ticket.
In a now-familiar riff on how the Republicans spent their convention talking about personalities and not about issues, Obama praised the biographies of both Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"You notice, at their convention, they spent a lot of time talking about John McCain’s biography, which is compelling," Obama said. "They talked about Sarah Palin’s biography, which is compelling."
When some members of the audience laughed at the notion that Palin’s biography was compelling, Obama insisted he was being serious.
"No, no, it’s an interesting story," Obama said. "No, no, look, I mean that sincerely. I mean, mother, governor, moose-shooter, I mean, I think that’s cool, that’s cool, that’s cool stuff."
Obama’s larger point, he said, was that the Republicans "didn’t talk about the issues. And so, that gives you a sense of what the strategy’s going to be over the next eight weeks."
– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller