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

Obama: Don’t let other side scare you

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.obama.nevada.jpg caption="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. GO AWAY!!!!!

    To john above McCain and Tucker Bounds ...take a one ticket to the Twilight Zone

    McShame a GOOD test of Character: when you do WRONG ,Do YOU ACCEPT The BLAME!!!

    July 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Kevin

    it's Obama that scares me. That speech in Berlin reminded me of another fraud who gave speeches there in 1939.

    July 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. karela

    The McCain campaign is pathetic.

    July 30, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. MBFLA

    McBush does not know what to do so he'll go back to the usual tactics of negativity and fear to get voters. I hope Americans are wise to this by now!

    July 30, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. bill for barack

    I'm sorry but as an older American who loves his country and only wants the best for the future generations, the thought of a McSame presidency scares the living crap out of me !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I've never NEVER seen a candidate who so blindly, ignorantly, uncaringly advocates policies and programs that so clearly spell the destruction of our democracy.
    How did the Germans feel in the 1930s ?
    Probably the same .

    July 30, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. women for obama


    July 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Jimmy P - Chicago

    We better be afraid, Obama is a pending disaster the likes of which this country will never recover from.

    July 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. ex republican

    obama, keep up this angle. use their fear tactics AGAISNT them!!! accuse the republicans of being scared, old men. it will work. most of them ARE scared, old men.

    July 30, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Independant Thinker

    Obama YOU and your arogant, elitist ways are enough to scare me.

    You are so far left with your voting history, that you are left of socialism.

    And that scares me.

    Obama, your own statements show that you are for Obama 1st and the country a distant 2nd. We need a president that puts America 1st and his own ambitions LAST. You are not that person.

    July 30, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Alex

    Heck Barrack, both you and McCain scare me. You guys spend way too much time bashing each other rather than focusing on help for the American people.

    July 30, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Republican trash

    Mccain's campaign is pathetic, just look at their reply, I hope they continue this form of smere campaigning we democrats will have it in the bag!

    John how do you like being owned by China?

    July 30, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Tim from Ohio

    Obama is scary and so are the people who support him.

    July 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. William, from Cali!

    This "political process" has turned into a series of "events," that for me at least; shows how inapt the process really is, this time. And how the candidates; the "players on the field", you might say have committed error after error, but we leave them in the game. Because in these late innings of this election, we have no one else to relieve them; and the "real issues" go fully un-address and resolved. While these candidates still pander for votes, and we wait for election results in November...................3months away!!!!!!! Oh, how far and divided.................. we have come!

    July 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. magic

    To john:

    He scares whom? you? why is that .... Because he is a black man?

    what a sissy .... just because a man is black that scares you?

    your type caused a fatal damage to our country and to the world over the last 8 years ..... and you still want 4 more of it? that is what should scare every single person with any functional brain ...

    July 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. John G

    "he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, he’s a got a funny name.’”

    Well there he goes calling us all racist again for not voting for him

    July 30, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. No Obama

    You just don't get it Obama....Your lack of judgement, intergrity, experience and friends scare me....not the "other side". "Other side" man, that sounds kinda divisive. What happen to Unity? Oh yeah, that's the town you and Hillary tried to make nice.

    July 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Just as I was about to forget about Hillary's campaign, McCain is using the same tactics, and it's going to backfire on him. And Hillary and Bill Clinton is way much more popular among Democrats, and yet they lost. Americans are getting sick and tired of this negative campaigning. Quit tearing people down. Keep this up, and it's going to backfire. We need to come together and rebuild this country, and we are lucky to have Obama, who has the ability to bring many people together. He did it in this country, and he did it outside the country. He gets the world excited about the possible change. It's not just the world leaders who gives respect to Obama, because of his potential to be president of the United States, it's also about the common people, who has nothing to gain for coming out for him. It's not only about change, but it's also about how we bring about change, from the bottom, reconnect people again. It's way better than what McCain is offering.

    July 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Jack from California

    Barack is absolutely right with the McCain personal attacks as "OLD" John tries to dodge the "real issues" facing America.

    Oh bye the way – did you hear that the SURGE WAS WORKING. Of course, OLD John won't talk about the mis-adventure that made the surge necessary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John, why don't you tell us how you are going to bring economic stability to the majority of Americans – oh, that right you don't get economics – surge surge surge surge! Yeah right geezer we get it, your a bush clone with only keeping the republicans rich as your "TRUE" platform!

    July 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Mslola

    I support Senator Obama. He does not scare me, its the comments that I read on some of these bloggs that truly scare me. All these haters in this world. But I have faith that there are more good people in this world than evil people.
    Obama 2008..............Yes we can!

    July 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Paula in WI

    MCCain doesn't know anything but fighting.Bad example for our young people.Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. Whatever left off

    Any credibility left for McGrumpy is gone. It doesn't matter how many staff changes he makes. Old politics will never leave the older generation. This is why we need a CHANGE. The moment has come America.

    July 30, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. BYE NOW!!!

    To john July 30th, 2008 7:18 pm ET
    (Barak what you don't get is that the other side doesn't scare you do)
    **Be quick to Judge Yourself and slow to Judge Others***

    Tucker Bounds is the Clean Up Man .....Don't forget The Trash .....McWar and RNC!!!

    July 30, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Nobambi

    How dare them scaring us poor dumb americans with the facts. Where is my gun and bible?

    July 30, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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