July 30th, 2008
06:16 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Don’t let other side scare you

Obama criticized McCain's campaign tactics.
Obama criticized McCain's campaign tactics.

ROLLA, Missouri (CNN) - In the wake of John McCain’s new ad that paints Barack Obama as a global celebrity on par with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, Obama told supporters at a rally Wednesday, “don’t let the other side scare you,” and said McCain is attacking him because Republicans know they don’t have the answers.

“He’s spending an awful lot of time talking about me. You notice that?” Obama asked a crowd of just over one thousand seated in a university gym. “I haven’t seen an ad yet where he talks about what he’s going to do. And the reason is because those folks know they don’t have any good answers, they know they’ve had their turn over the last eight years and made a mess of things."

“They know that you’re not real happy with them and so the only way they figure they’re going to win this election is if they make you scared of me,” Obama continued, repeating an attack from earlier in the day. “What they’re saying is ‘Well, we know we’re not very good but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, he’s a got a funny name.’”

Obama was more serious with a pool reporter at a diner stop on the way to Rolla when asked about McCain’s new ad, saying, “You need to ask John McCain what he’s for and not just what he’s against."

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds responded in an e-mail to reporters entitled “Baseless.”

“This is a typically superfluous response from Barack Obama. Like most celebrities, he reacts to fair criticism with a mix of fussiness and hysteria,” wrote Bounds. “Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes on energy and opposition to offshore drilling show that he fundamentally lacks judgment and experience, and is not ready to lead.”

After a question-and-answer session with voters at the town hall that included questions about Darfur and Cuba, the Illinois senator concluded by reminding his supporters to ignore McCain’s attacks.

“Don’t let the other side scare you away from what you know in your gut,” Obama said, “You know we have to bring about change. And this is our best chance to fundamentally change America so that Washington is working for you.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. GERRY

    SCARE TATICS HAS BEEN THIS ADMINISTRATION'S SOLE PURPOSE. IT HASN'T WORKED, WILL NOT WORK. PEOPLE ARE TOO SMART TO BELIEVE THE BS HAS BEEN THROWN AT THEM FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS. I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS FOR THE AMERICAM PEOPLE TO CONSIDER WHRE ALL THE TRASH IS COMING FROM.
    MR. OBAMA, JUST HANG IN THERE, KEEP ON THE HIGH ROAD.
    YOU WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.
    YES WE CAN

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. deroy

    scared? no it's lack of experience and por judgment.
    obama wants us to run our cars and heat our homes on water and air while he rides around in a fleet of limos with armed guards and private jets.

    he's very, very important. ask him why?

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. She's singing

    John

    You really should pay attention, before you attempt to engage your brain cell.

    July 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Steve

    Wise words John. Honestly, can you say to yourself that you think we're better now than we were 8 years ago? Can you honestly say this administration has done anything good? Can you honestly say that a McCain administration would be grossly different? The choice is obvious to anyone that's even modestly honest with themselves. It's the close minded individuals that are making up reasons to justify their stale opinions.

    July 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Phillip,

    Maybe you should learn to read and write before you make any comments if you want anyone to listen to what you have to say.

    July 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. Ed

    This is Democrats practicing verbal terrorism.

    July 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. LeMonton

    The other side (pssst...Republicans) are really scared.

    The golden test of credibility is that when you don't have anything positive to say about you, then you spend your time (and money) saying negative things about the others. That's old Karl Rove tactics used by Bush 2000 and Bush 2004.

    Another proof that McCain=McBush.

    Same old candidate
    Same old politics,
    same old tactics,
    same failed policies.

    McSame as Bush 2008

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Orwell

    john - What does that mean? When you cannot even express yourself clearly on a simple message board, it is a good sign that the convictions behind the grammar are also skewed.

    July 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    If you are more popular than they are you are elitist or a celebrity.
    Jealousy is an ugly emotion.

    July 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Dem

    Yet to see McCain make any statement or ad not mentioning Obama or war/surge.

    Old broken record with no ideas...

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Michael

    What I find interesting is the republicans seemed to have formed a strategy to refer to Barack as a celebrity. Then they find some celebrities that are not well respected lke Britney and Paris and try to force comparisons. It's ridiculous beyond reason. As I recall Reagan was a celebrity.

    July 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Aunt

    You Are So Jealous and A Liar and show very poor judgement in running these ads. You Make Our Politics here in America appear
    sophomoric!

    July 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    Yes obama, you are right. People had better be afraid of you. They had better be very afraid of you. You are the worse thing that could ever happen to this country. You're a no nothing that will lie every inch of the way just to get your dirty hands on this country. All you're doing is fakin' it.

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. Ernie in LA

    Mr. Obama , you scare me enough.

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Brett

    Do you think Mr. Obama will ever realize that it is HE who scares us, not "the other side"?

    July 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Brett

    Also, look how divisive the first blogger was...is this the manifestation of Obama's "uniting everyone in common cause"? I don't think calling Republicans "rejects" is the way you bring the country together.

    Obama supporters are so blind they don't even realize that THEY are the one's driving the wedge, not "the other side". Haha! IRONY!

    July 30, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Shelley

    Bush and the boys have always wanted us to "Be afraid, be very afraid". If we keep thinking this way, nobody will notice us Republicans doing all the little special favors we have done for our friends...especially in the OIL industry!
    Be afraid America and we will all fall in the hands of ill-gotten Republicans!
    OBAMA IN 08!

    July 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Fazio

    The Republicans will still try to play the politics of fear. That is the only modus operandi they know - make the populace afraid, and they will follow like scared sheep - and then wars can be waged, oil companies can benefit and the rich can become even wealthier.

    Not this time. America is waking up.... and not liking what the Republican ilk has done to our nation and our world.

    July 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Dave Nittel

    I just had an epiphany. I am sick and tired of hearing from a parade of campaign spokesmen! I SINCERELY HOPE THE POWERS THAT BE AT CNN TAKE NOTE: how about a new rule? If an issue is not worthy of bringing to the actual candidates attention, then it is not worth reporting. If the candidate is not willing to say it themselves, then it is not worth repeating, printing, or reporting. John McCain is on the ballot, and not Tucker Bounds or any other handlers. Are we going to keep complaining about the poltical atmosphere or actually make some reasonable efforts to do something about it?!

    July 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Goldstein

    What is scarey is thinking an old man would run this country into a deeper recession. dont let the old man crash the car yet alone the country.

    insane in the membrane =McCain

    July 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. redwhiteblue

    McCain is really getting evil.We see what he really is. A below the belt fighter. Dear Lord, let it backfire on him.. Remember WHY it is so important to beat the Republicans. Let us all stand together and WIN. Because Hillary did not win, would you rather have more years of this frightening war? Do you want to worry constantly about losing your home or your job? Do you want more years of high gas prices, and $4.00 a gallon milk? Aren't the worries about our huge deficit more important than the candidate? The loss of allies, the secrecy of this administration,the cover-ups and torture and constantly being lied to? Do you want to allow more terrible things like New Orleans? It was his slow and uncaring action that I criticize. Do you want to have to worry about your Social Security being terminated? McCain wants privatized Social Security. Think what those rich people have already done to the average citizen.That was one of the things Bush wanted . Do you want to continue with the arrogant administration breaking every law in the book , AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT?
    DO NOT FOCUS ON ONLY ONE ISSUE. THINK OF THE ENTIRE PACKAGE THAT WE WILL GET.

    July 30, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. REA

    JOHN ARE YOU FROM WEST VIRGINIA?

    July 30, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. patricia

    OBAMA DOES NOT PLAN TO RAISE TAXES ON ENERGY

    July 30, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. ephil

    McCain knows that when you don't have any answers, it's always easiest to attack your opponent's character regardless of how irrelevant the attack is--I mean, the attack is that Obama is too popular and well-liked by the global population. I fail to see how that has any bearing on his qualification to be President. He might as well attack Obama for wearing striped underwear- it has nothing to do with being President! Admittedly, I think it might actually be refreshing to have a President that is internationally liked and respected but it is irrelevant to our coming election. Who has a better plan? (Well, besides Ron Paul, but that is another issue altogether.)

    July 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. jds

    McCain's campaign sounds ridiculous.

    Are they serious? Can they really believe they can win with these empty stupid attacks?

    Does John McCain actually stand for anything anymore?

    July 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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