PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) - Barack Obama's top strategist dismissed Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's prime-time convention address as dishonest about Obama's record and suggested Thursday that John McCain's running mate was only parroting what she'd been told.
David Axelrod told reporters aboard Obama's campaign plane that the Republican National Convention speakers on Wednesday had distorted the Democratic candidate's record and ignored his resume. He also signaled that the Democrats would not hesitate to take on John McCain's running mate.
"There wasn't one thing that she said about Obama or what he's proposing that is true," Axelrod said. "She tried to attack Senator Obama by saying he had no significant legislative achievements. Maybe that's what she was told."
On Wednesday, Republicans sought to define Obama as untested and inexperienced, making light of his past work as a community organizer in Chicago.
"For everyday people, ... that seems like real work," said Axelrod.
Ultimately, Axelrod said, the Republicans squandered an opportunity to promote their candidate. He also questioned the emphasis on McCain's years as a prisoner of war, saying the Arizona senator's history already was well known.
"They're shedding an awfully lot of heat but no light," he said. "It almost defies the laws of physics."
As for Palin's claim to be an outsider, Axelrod said that given her pointed criticism of Obama, "for someone who makes the point that she's not from Washington, she looked very much like she would fit in very well there."