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. Debby

    Oh please Obama brought this on himself with his entourage of press following him all over Europe and the Middle East.

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. JoeReed

    john July 30th, 2008 7:18 pm ET

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

    I beg to differ, Republicans have been scared ever since Barack decided to run, that is why they preferred Hillary to win...and Republicans tought it would be a cakewalk...then boing!!! Barack Obama is strong!

    July 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. dgordon

    The only people who are afraid of the Obama presidency are those that have been brainwashed by the republicans over the last eight years. Don't let Fox news tell you what to think! Open your mind. Consider your options. We are working toward a better America and a better world. It is an option, you know.

    July 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Venus


    Yes – nice back-hand-slap to the media for them to talk about our issues!!!

    Thanks Obama – you took the words out of my mouth!!!

    The GOP - knows they have screwed us and messed up every thing and... we are in Iraq.

    Go get 'em Bam!

    July 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. john cu

    John, man oh man, there is no limit for an idiot. How low can you go?

    July 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Not sleeping at the switch

    Createing fear of Minorities has been a great way to keep control for so long how can you think they will stop now? FEAR ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOOK LIKE "US"

    Worked against the Native Americans , Blacks, Asians, Mexicans, Latinos and when they DO look like " US" Then Don't trust THEM because they have an ACCENT!

    IQ's are alarmingly low in this country. Is that why Public education has been Gutted and IGNORED by the GOP??

    July 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Lance

    I know who I am voting for:


    July 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Brooke

    The other side doesn't scare me Senator Obama, you scare me. It has nothing to do with your race, your Christian faith, anything except the fact that you are a demagouge with no answers and followers who frighten me even more than you do. I can see a point in America if you are elected President that debate will be stifled because partisanship will be frowned upon and an obedient Congress will give you what you want. No thanks, Senator, I happen to like the Bill of Rights so I will not vote for you.

    July 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    John, try using punctuation in your sentences so you don't sound like an unintelligent idiot; or perhaps you can't help yourself for that very reason..

    July 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Priscilla for Obama

    The republicans are on their last leg. They aren't going out without a fight but they will lose.

    Go Obama!

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Deemo

    dear john,
    what's so scary about mr obama? is it his name? his look?the fact that he wants to give everyone a fighting chance? what chaps like you fail to realize is that we are all in this together! there's no avoiding it! people who have been largely ignored because they ostensibly had nothing to offer have been quietly going about their business and would you believe it, they are in a position to make a difference! go figure!the human mind is the darndest thing! it always finds a way! wake up john. he may be a "politician" but mr obama has what it takes to inspire the world to embark on a path that will take us to what some refer to as the promised land. believe it.

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. RJ, CA

    Obama - you scare me all by yourself. And I know that in my GUT!

    July 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Maya

    I can't believe the petty language the McCain camp is using in its rebuttals. There isn't even the PRETENCE of respect for the opponent – and this after swearing up and down that McCain would lead a decent, honorable campaign.

    July 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. cab

    Dear John

    How about using a comma somewhere in your sentence. Then you might make some sense. I know you are new to the internets and googles, but punctuation still counts.

    I hope your wife and kids are well. I heard McCain junior got booted off the golf team at school. He never was too bright, they call it autism now. It's the latest rage.

    Well gotta go, good luck with the whole president thing.

    P.S. Me and the wife are voting for the dark fellow, sorry. Hey, you guys are still welcome for christmas.

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Nora

    McSame`s plan delivers oil in 10 years – and very little – more in 20 years .............. people do your homework.

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. James P. McCampbell

    Is this what McCain's attacks have been reduced to. Barack Paris Spears Obama.


    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Once a Obama Supporter

    People have noticed that Obama says ‘Yes, we can’ but all his policies towards energy independence lead to ‘No, we can’t’.
    1) No new nuclear energy
    2) No coal mining (even when US coal reserves are more than oil reserves in any part of the world, please look at statistics)
    3) No lower taxes
    4) He hasn’t said of any solution to raise the value of dollar.

    So basically Obama;s ‘Yes we can’ = No, we can’t’

    Young people who are following him as a Pied Pier need to know this. He is not the president for us when the country is in recession. He may be good but he needs more experience.

    Oh! CNN will not post this note and it will always remain in moderation! Way to go CNN. So much for the first ammendment!

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. M.S. Indiana

    We are not afraid of McCain or Bush any more, they are old men with old ideas to old problems...

    Obama Mia is here!!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. QQ

    i asked my two kids (8 & 10) who would win and without skipping a beat they both said "Barack Obama" . One said
    he has a cool name and the other said he knows what he's talking about. interesting.

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Justin Clark

    "Fussiness and hysteria" sounds like something my grandma would say. Is McCain's spokesman as old as his boss?

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. richard

    Obama start acting like a potential POTUS and not a spoiled brat. Nice suttle race baiting to.

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. James

    Barack Obama....don't you think Americans pay enough tax as it is?

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Ed

    Barack, Who is scaring who??

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. NiceConsrv

    I am afraid that OB is a lot of show and no go. He looks good and he sounds good, but as we all know that doesn't get the job done. It is the same retoric as always from the far left. Promise everything and raise taxes on the rich to get the vote. We end up paying for it.

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. JohnM

    The reason McCain keeps talking about Obama is because the media is in love with him and will never report on all the negative surrounding Obama. On the other side of it, Obama doesn't need to run negative ads about McCain because the media does them for him. Obama is nothing more than a creation of the media. How else could somebody with no experience and no accomplishments be in such a rosey situation?

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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