July 30th, 2008
06:16 PM ET
14 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. phillip , monterey ca

    go figure...
    i mean come on mcsame and the rejects i mean republicans are looking very weak at the moment i mean for real are these type of attacks all they think of ? they belittle him for being a well like world figure (you would think its a good thing for the president aka the most powerful man on the planet to be well liked abroad) they say he is getting all this "great " media coverage but he is getting mostly negative air time with the media and mcsame is getting by fair mostly positive media coverage . they say he " snubbed" the troops in germany but mccains voting record shows he voted against 9 bills that would have improved life for wounded vets, ed benefits, housing etc, so who really snubbed the troops? he argues about the surge working, ofcourse it had a good effect anytime we put that many american troops anywhere in the world they are going to kick but , but at the same time what is this " victory " that mcsame is talking about this war has dragged on for too long, too many american lives have been lost, and its killing our economy and to think we should have never been their (just like sen obama said go figure) . and lets not forget that mcsame is jumping on the bandwagon on sen obamas ideas ie more troops in afghanastan, the " timetable" of troop withdrawl. so the rep have been throwning all this negative crap and nothing sticks but they would much rather sling mud and not have it stick than talk about issues... go figure

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. john

    Barak what you don't get is that the other side doesn't scare you do.

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Republican ashamed of McCain

    I felt sorry and angry when Bush unfairly lied and falsey attacked McCain back in 2000. Now we see McCain using the exact same tactics that were immoral then just as much as they are now. What happened to McCain? He even unfairly attacked Mitt Romney calling him a flip-flopper over and over again. Now he wants him to be his VP? But he was just attacking him and calling him a flip-flopper 3 months ago. I still very sorry for McCain but in the same context. Now I feel sorry for him because of the person he has evolved into in just 7 short years. He will not get my vote. I am truly disappointed.

    July 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Abby

    What exactly are you policy plans obama? Seem to Change daily to suit your own political needs. Obama is an Arrogant, Radical Fraud – I will not vote for him and Millions of Americans feel the same way.

    July 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. rachae

    McCain is sounding crazier and crazier. I am starting to think he is worst than Bush.

    July 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Meg

    What is all this "us" and "them" talk from Obama? I thought we were moving into new politics.. bipartisan... politics based on what's best for the country, not 'us' and 'them.'

    What irks me the most about Obama is this "holier than thou" attitude he has about everything.

    I could really give two craps about our 2 political parties at this point. I wish they would just talk about ISSUES. that's what we care about... not this name calling; i'm cooler than you GARBAGE.

    July 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. California Gold

    Ok McCain. You've got all this money to blow on commercials. Why don't you spend some of it detailing what you have to offer. Tell me what you are for PLUS how you're gonna do it. Tell me how you are going to fix the economy after 8 years of a Republican President running us into a ditch. Tell me how you are going to protect what's left of our preserved lands and tell me the honor in leaving our protected habitat in better shape for future generations. Explain to me how you are going to pay off the gaping hole of debt. Tell me why I should vote for you. I only want to hear about you from you.

    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Eric

    THE MAN IS A GENIUS! Alwasy beating McCain to the punch before he puts his gloves on.

    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Sacto Joe

    "Oil rose more than $4 a barrel on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed an unexpected drop in gasoline stocks as suppliers facing weak consumer demand cut production and imports."

    Well, there it is, folks. We slow down and drive less, the inventory of gasoline increases, prices drop, and the refineries cut production. That in turn bumps the price of oil, which in turn will drive prices up.

    WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE??! And where are the Republicans who should be investigating this blatant price manipulation? Oh, that's right: They, and McCain, are in the pockets of the oil barons.

    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Don

    LOL, calling BO a celebrity, I did not see McWar complain when he had his 5 mins of fame when he came back from Vitenam.

    Tucker Bounds is too noisy.

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. JJ, Philly PA

    Yes Obama! Your supporters feel exactly the same way that you do and it's great to know you agree with us! Fear mongering is what RepubliCANTS do best....we just have to ignore them, stick with our gut and believe in change!

    Obama 08!

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Ekuwa

    Does anyone seriously think that drilling for oil that you won't receive until 10 years from now is going to help anything. Switching from oil to alternative fuels that's what will really bring the pice down, and it will do it way with 10 years. Come on people "THINK."

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Dawn, MI

    The other side absolutely scares people. It's how they won in 2004. It's not going to work this time because the American people are smarter than that. We are going to take our country back, and John, George and their cronnies will not stop us.

    Obama 08

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Kathy in Oregon

    What a surprise, Obama plays the race card again, insinuating that McCain is trying to scare voters because Obama "doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency". That's ridiculous!!

    Obama IS scary due to his LACK of EXPERIENCE and his overblown EGO. Has nothing to do with his skin color.

    BTW - McCain has been out doing town halls with VOTERS for weeks - talking about his ideas and what he has to offer...answering all questions that come his way. UNLIKE OBAMA!

    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Joe

    Obama now, Obama after now because we can not afford mcsane!

    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Lisa

    He's the one you need to be afraid of!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Lisa

    No Obama i'm already afraid of you and afraid of the fact that your wife might become the First Lady of the United States, now that's scary!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Gary H

    That's the way to handle it Barack! Call attention to how silly and baseless these accusations are without responding in kind.
    The Republicans trot the attack dogs out every election for one reason, the politics of fear and smear work. But this time thye are just looking sillier and more pathetic by the moment and sooner or later people will realize it. Right now the polls are close because the trick has been working with a lot of people. However when people realize they are being lied to and manipulated ...again, their anger will be something to behold.
    One of the recent fabrications is the statements of how many votes Obama has a 43.3 percent missed record. What they don't say is that McCain missed 334 votes for a 61.8 percent, actaully down from his lifetime record of 83.3 percent.

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. gastoys

    Obama, don't continue to fool yourself as you have no plan either. No drilling, no nuclear power, no clean coal, just alternative energy like wind which requires back up power in the event there is no wind that day. Also it takes like 700 wind power generators to make the same power as 1 nuclear power plant.

    Change is what I will have in my savings account once Obama is in office.

    All I hear from Obama is fear and scare tactics he blurbs out regarding the Republican party.

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. Nick E.

    Hey spokesman Tucker Bounds, are you a moron? John McPain's plan is to do the same old thing we've been doing for years, drilling and drilling. There's what, 68 million acres or something we can drill in and Bush wants to drill in the wildlife reserve areas? Either way you look at it, this isn't going to solve our energy problems. This is just a band-aid that McPain is offering. We need more than a band-aid, we need a full operation. Tucker and the rest of your camp, you surely are out of ideas with your latest attack.

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Chris from NY

    That's all McCain knows how to do. Attack, attack, attack, drill, drill and drill. He doesn't have any new intiative. What an old bag of ideas.

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. jim

    It's simply amazing to me that McCain would continue with similar Rovian tactics used to elect Bush. Granted, it worked.... twice. But really it has become more transparent as time has gone on. I respect Obama for calling it what it is, quickly.

    So McCain has one big answer to the high gas prices.... drill. It's pretty well known that oil co.s are not drilling on most of the land they lease currently and that even if more drilling areas were opened tomorrow it would do little to nothing to lower the price of oil.

    But this is what republicans do, they keep repeating something, even if it is untrue in hopes that enough Americans will believe it. Worked for Iraq. Some people still believe that Iraq had something to do with Sept. 11th attacks even though that has been thoroughly disproved. But Cheney and others in Bush's admin said it over and over again until enough people believed it just because they heard it so many times. I don't know how they sleep at night knowing all the deaths and destruction they caused. America turned out to be the only ones with WMDs the day we invaded and occupied Iraq.

    So they're at it again. Repetitious lies to gain control.

    I'd like to have faith that America has woken up a bit and will see through these tactics. A fair amount won't but hopefully they'll stay home on election day.

    America is a frustrating place to be even with all it has going for it. Truth will set us free..... once again.

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. not scared

    But don't take too many blows.

    Today was a good response. Especially when it is clear he stooped way low.

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Montana is Obama Country


    Big Mc attack

    looks more like a whiner

    in a repulican nation of whiners...


    July 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Gary H

    I made a mistake in my earlier post. John McCaine's lifetime missed vote average is 63.3 percent, not 83.3. typo

    July 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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