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.”


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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. rachel

    What McCain says doesnt scare me barack what you say scares me.

    July 30, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. mwm

    i watched the town hall.spent the entire time talking about solutions to problems.mccain should take note, and stop the attacks,and come up with solutions himself.and not just pandering bs that means nothing.cover the entire earth with your precious oil,until we all drown in it.

    July 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Canuck

    a) If you're going to criticize Barack, john, at least spell his name correctly.
    b) Fussiness and hysteria? I'm sorry, where was I supposed to see that? Bush and McCain are the ones who create and perpetuate hysteria – the only way they "succeed" as politicians is when their constituents are terrified of every single non-American citizen in the world.

    July 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Big D

    And the McCain camp responds by attacking Obama again. Where are the policy proposals from McCain? What does he support? What does he stand for? Because all I hear from McCain is whining about how he's not as successful as Obama. And when that truth is pointed out to them, all they do is attack again. Go Obama – keep taking the high road and show McCain how to run a campaign with dignity.

    July 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Jason

    King Obama (I think that term was used in his year book) is race baiting when he constantly whines about "the other side is trying to scare you about me blah, blah, blah"

    July 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Concerned

    John,

    The McCain camapign tactics are so ugly that I am motivated to get as many people registered to vote as I possibly can. It is time to send McCain into retirement so that he can spend some time with his grandchildren. I honestly used to like Senator McCain; however, his nasty campaign tactics have turned me off. I used to think that he was a gentleman. His current behavior is beneath is reputation. What good would it do him to gain the presidency and lose his soul?

    July 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Dean

    @John,

    It's sad that even when his name is in the article, you still can't spell Barack.

    McCain and the Republicans talk about how Democrats don't understand economics and yet Democrats left this administration with a budget surplus.

    Now not only do we have a record budget deficit, we also have the worst image we've ever had around the world.

    THAT is why Obama is a "celebrity" both here and abroad: people are anxious for the United States to turn the page from this reckless, greedy, self-serving admnistration.

    McCain and Co. spout that Obama is against off-shore drilling as though he is evil. The real reason they are angry? Because the greedy oil companies don't want us to discover alternatives to oil. They want to keep us enslaved to fossil fuels regardless of the cost to our economy and our environment. And THEY are the ones who support McCain and the Republicans.

    So who should we be afraid of John?

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Cindy

    McCain keeps looking less and less presidential every day. While it's true... attack ads work (they certainly did against McCain, 8 years ago...), it takes a better man to not succomb to the temptation of using it. Looks like McCain is not a better man.

    It really is time for us to pick a better president. Somebody smart for a change... somebody who inspires. Somebody who is not scared of the Republican attack machine.

    July 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Jason

    King Obama (I think that term was used in his year book) is race baiting when he constantly whines about "the other side is trying to scare you about me blah, blah, blah"
    For the first time in my adult life...I now believe Senator Obama will loose and it will be because of his ego, not John McCain

    July 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. A 72 old president is scary

    John McCain if he would be properly scrutinized, would scare the hell out of everybody. he gets away with gaffe after gaffe. lie after lie. He has no idea what he's doing. He is just going through motions and counting on the corporate run media to cover for him. So far so good. Obama get's 72% negative coverage and is still ahead is almost every poll. Imagine if McCain got that type of scrutiny. Then there would'nt be any news. The media is just trying to keep this close. Maybe they will scrutinize McCain when it gets closer to November.

    July 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Xavier

    John,
    Your sentence makes about as much sence as McCains tired rants and raves.

    July 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Tennisguypitt

    He's right. The Republicans seem to be merely scaring us to vote for McCain. They never give the people a reason to vote for McCain, but rather a reason to NOT vote for Obama.

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Jimmy Carter II (aka Hussein) is so over his head right now that it's scary. He's not even qualified to run for president, let alone win it. He's not even qualified as my son's Cub Scout troop. This is a scary, inexperienced ego-driven empty suit. I hope America sees this wannabe for who he really is...NOTHING.

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. WhoWhat

    "You know, he’s new, he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, he’s a got a funny name.’”
    I thought that Obama was "above" race baiting or playing the race card, but it does illustrate the methods he will use to succeed and to how low he will stoop.
    I heard his speech, he said "he did not look like all the other presidents on the dollar bill" but I see why you would fix the story for your messiah Obama, CNN wouldn't want to make him look stupid. (there is only one president on the dollar bill.
    BTW I submit every day but never get posted, HMMM wonder why CNN

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Greg jacobs

    OOPS HE DID IT AGAIN..... the grumpy old man. Britney and Paris give the old coot $1400. dollars and that is how he treats them. i can not wait too see how desperate that the republicans get this election. Its early and their pathetic.

    July 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. ex-Republican for Obama

    Where are positive statements about what McCain will do to turn this country around? All he does is criticize, make personal attacks against Obama and run campaign ads that lie about Obama. This is a man of honor? He's not worthy of the presidency.

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. apk

    Nothing could be worse then the last eight years. Corruption,lies deceit.. Im not scared to try something new. Hopefully alot of other folks feel the same..Just say no to Bush III.

    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. david

    actually, i think historically the right wing has used scare tactics most of the time

    July 30, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. TheTruthHurts

    My prediction right now. Tucker Bounds gets fired. These fools are drinking their own kool-aid or hanging out with backwater extremists who agree with them. This does not reflect the American population.

    I know staunch republicans who think Obama is unprepared to be president, but the way McCain is running this campaign is giving them second thoughts.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. aware

    Poor little Barack! He really whines when he doesn't shine, and he doesn't shine when he whines! What a wimp! :)

    Get a life Obama – grow up. You need to engage with real people. Get off the stage with your one-act drama. It is beyond tiresome!

    Senator McCain's ads have been right on! :)

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Norom

    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.’”

    -BINGO–

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Kim

    Notice the stench??? That's what is called the "REPUBLICAN SLIME MACHINE" for those who are new to politics. It's what gave America and the world Bush and Cheney twice...Attack, Scare, Attack, Scare and oh how well it works. The usual suspects...the so called "conservative evangelical christians", " the high school dropouts from the heartland" and "the right wing southern nuts who think Rush and Hannity"! Just look at the electroal map!

    Young college students and the women of America who are bitter about Hillary's loss, the future of your children is in your hands.You can help to elect the future of this country or help build this country's coffin! America will not survive 4 more years of Bush-McCain doctrine. The choice is yours!

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WE ARE SCARED OF THE OTHER SIDE.

    THE SIDE THAT LEAD US TO WAR & POVERTY,

    THE SIDE THAT WON THREE ELECTION PROMOTING

    RACE HATE, RELIGIOUS HATE & WORLD HATE.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. David

    All they can say is that Obama wants to raise taxes and they wont let us drill offshore. You only have to pay taxes if you have a job and a lot less people have one of those today than they did 7 years ago. I would rather have a job and have the money to pay taxes than not have a job. As for oil drilling, Why dont they drill on the 68000 acres they have leased to drill on? If you want to drill offshore tell us how much money we will save not that we will just have more oil. I think we are smart enough to know that the more we drill the more oil,but what about the 68000 acres we are not drilling . Let the oil gaints tell us what they are going to charge us for oil if they get to drill offshore, they should be able to put a price on it now, but if its the same price at the pump as it is today let them drill on the land they have. If they got to drill offshore I bet the price would stay the same and the oil gaints would just make more profits. About being scared, I'm scared, I own my business and have lost money for last 7 years. They (McSame) have to try to scare people that is all they have, It worked 3 years ago, maybe everyone can see though it this time.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Scott L

    Be afraid...be very afraid.

    Obama is going to get crushed in November. Democrats are already privately turning against the anointed one.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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