Clinton Avoids Palin, Focuses Criticism on McCain

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NEW YORK (AP) _ As she campaigns for the Democratic presidential
ticket, Hillary Clinton is focusing her criticisms of the Republicans on John McCain and not his running mate Sarah Palin.

On ABC's ``Good Morning America,'' Clinton said ``the point is not the vice presidential candidate'' but the presidential nominee. And she says ``McCain is not offering much of a change'' from the policies of the Bush administration.

Barack Obama's advisers and Clinton aides say the New York senator will resist pressure to speak out against Palin, believing it would diminish the former first lady's stature and create a sideshow that would only distract from the Obama-McCain matchup.

Aides say any mention Clinton makes of Palin will only be in the context of her partnership with McCain.