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. joe

    John McCain just doesn't have anything left to work with. He is so joined at the hip with the Bush administration that ridiculous scare tatics and adds is all camp McCain can come up with.....boo..hoo...hoo

    July 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. dj

    John, what??
    Mccain is spending all his time on the attack, because he has no answers and is afraid.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. mmd

    I don't know about everyone else, but I know what Mssame is for. One word, WAR WAR WAR WAR. I am beginning to fell very sorry for Mcsame. I think he is mentally unfit, and his camp is starting to think so to.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Jay from Michigan

    I really hope McCain doesn't win in November. That will be so depressing.

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    People look at what John McCain is doing. This is a war hero?! Whining and complaining about Obama everyday like a little girl. Why isn't he man enough to keep his word about not doing negative ads.

    Obama is a real man and the world knows it. Literally the "world" knows it. I had one gentle from Germany comment that Obama embodies both JFK/MLK.

    Don't let the Republicans scare you from receiving a better future in a country more loved around the world because of Barack Obama.

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Not a Kool Aid drinker

    Actually Mr. Obama you and way to left ideas are scary enough

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Dee

    Your statement is illogical.

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. sberry

    This celebrity stuff is really stupid and totally unconstructive. I'm interested in McCain and open to listening but there is no discourse here.

    I'm loosely pro-obama and this made me click though to the Obama website and cough up $75.

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Karen-phoenix

    I'm a republican and am soooo ashamed of the ads and McCain. Go Obama!

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. randy

    yes we belive you obama .the republicans want to scare us but it will not work this time.

    obama for president.

    July 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. it wasnt me

    CNN is so in the tank for McCain.. They will be responsible for every dangerous mistakes he makes, if he wins...

    July 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Debby, NJ


    July 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. randy

    john your a loser .your scared of obama because he is black if not tell me why he scare you.

    July 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Brian

    Actually, Barack Paris Obama, McCain has some very legitimate criticisms to which you have been unable to respond because you are unwilling to listen to the American people (energy, the surge, etc.). Whining that "ooh the other side is trying to make me look scary because I'm black" just proves that you are indeed a celebrity, but probably more airheaded than most Hollywood types.

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Mike

    Bounds is a Riot. His description of Obama as Fussy. Exactly describes his old, bitter, fussy boss, McLame.

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. EDW

    I would like to remind Senator McCain that victory in Iraq has already been achieved. May 1, 2003, on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, under a banner saying "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED," President Bush announced that combat operations in Iraq have ended. Bush said; "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. CF Texas

    I'm not scared of the Republican fear and smear kind of old style politics trying to win their vote by scaring the American people by lying to them about terrerism and other stuffs. The American people are now aware of the Republican as well as the McBush campaign lifestyles, sucks. Not any my friends, not any more.. Obama for president!

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta

    To John: Trust what I say "Senator Obama has no fear of the other side" (his run with Hillary Clinton proved that). What he is aware of, 'the public will take a little something-run with it' (whether it's right or wrong).

    July 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Nick E.

    Phillip from Monterey, CA, right on. Your post is dead on. Mcsame and the republicans are looking weak as dirt right now. I guess they are jealous that Obama is popular all over the world unlike McPain.

    July 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Kaci

    I say let Mr. McCain keep it up. His disorganized, unfocused campaign should continue doing exactly waha their doing. It will continue to draw the starkest contrasts between the two candidates. The American people, at least the ones not completely fooled by this silliness, are intelligent enough to weekdout the garbage and figure out what McCain REALLY plans to do for the country. THEN, Obama will win by a landslide in November. So McCain, please keep crucifying your own campaign by making these idiotic commercials, statements and attacks. Sir, you have no honor. And the POW stuff will only get you so far.

    July 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. ben

    It looks like the entire Hillary campaign management has taken over for McCain. They led her to defeat with repititious remarks aboutEXPEIRIENCE AND the fact he is an EXCELLENT ORATOR.
    What they can't seem to understand is expirience is not a good word, because we are tired of all this experience that has led us into this mess we live with now. A great orator is someone who inspires and lifts our hopes. Not only here in America, but all over the world. So keep slamming Obama because we need all the help you can give us.

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. m

    Obama is the one Scary, Scary, Scary

    Never Obama Osama Never for president of this great country,
    He can be president of his father land if he wants, but never for America.

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Irene

    Obama is ALWAYS attacking the wrong things and NEVER disclosing anything at the same time and he has the cult followers who think he is smart.

    Want to know why he is smart? Because the cult is stupid.

    He always whines and complains, attacks instead of saying anything about the issues but that is OK . The Press and his cult followers are so stupid they don't know a enough to ask him to say something concrete.

    He will probably get into the White house on the stupid ticket.

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. OOPS! He did it again!

    And, what you don't get John is, it shouldn't be about any American being scared of someone who would willingly attempt to take on the HUGE problems the republicans left this country with. Senator Obama truly loves his country and knows that when he is elected he will impelemnt policies and changes to bring about a better America for all people and he won't have to use scare tactics to get people to follow him. He's genuine and sincere.

    Now on the other hand, if you and the rest of the Senator Obama haters haven't been scared by the failed policies of President Bush, the total lack of respect and disregard for the constitution each time Bush changes it to meet his needs, the "non-performance" of John McCain who has been in politics for over 30 years and has done nothing of significance to improve the U.S.A. BUT VOTED FOR A WAR WE DIDN'T NEED TO GET INVOLVED IN, and who has spent all of his time talking about Senator Obama instead of telling America what he's planning on doing to help fix this mess he and the republicans have gotten us into, then YOU'RE AN IDIOT AND NEED TO TAKE THOSE BLINDERS OFF OF YOUR EYES. IMAGINE A SUPPOSEDLY GROWN MAN TALKING ABOUT BEING AFRAID OF ANOTHER MAN! It's as Senator Obama says, "same old politics of fear". But in this case, be scared of the big Black man, cause you know Black people are scarey anyway. RIDICULOUS!

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Kate, Atlanta

    Tucker Bounds is an idiot – guess the employee apple doesn't fall far from the boss tree.

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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