Obama Says Voters Can Be Both Angry And Hopeful

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Washington (AP) Barack Obama says voter anger over high gas prices, job losses and other economic stresses is justifiable, but no reason to give up hope.

The democratic presidential candidate is steering clear today of the flap over his comments about bitter voters in small towns. instead, he's returning to his signature theme of the “politics of hope.”

Speaking to the building trades national legislative conference in Washington, Obama said when “it seems like nobody is listening to ordinary americans,” people get mad and then decide they're going to change it.

Obama also returned to his criticism of John McCain for backing President Bush's tax cuts after opposing them. He says “somewhere along the way to the republican nomination,” McCain “figured that he had to stop speaking his mind and start toeing the line.”