July 15th, 2008
10:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama promotes foreign policy cred in new ad

Obama is highlighting his work with Sen. Lugar in a new ad.

Obama is highlighting his work with Sen. Lugar in a new ad.

(CNN) - On the same day Barack Obama is set to deliver a major address on his Iraq policy, the Illinois senator has released a new campaign ad promoting his bipartisan efforts in foreign policy.

In the new 30-second spot called "America's Leadership," Obama highlights his work with Republican Sen. Dick Lugar seeking to stop terrorist smuggling of loose nuclear weapons.

“The single most important national security threat that we face is nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists," Obama says in the ad. "What I did was reach out to Senator Dick Lugar, a Republican, to help lock down loose nuclear weapons. We have to lead the entire world to reduce that threat."

The two senators developed a working relationship after Obama praised Lugar’s nuclear nonproliferation legacy on the campaign trail in 2004. The Indiana Republican later suggested the newly-elected Obama try for a seat on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, which he then chaired.

The ad is running in an 18 states, including the traditional Republican strongholds of Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Virginia.

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. JennyB

    Go Obama!!! America can't afford another 4 years with a Republican in the White House!!!

    July 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Jan in KY

    "This clown has no foreign policy cred. Like most democrats he opposes every effort to fight the terror war, he cuddles up to France and every other country that doesn't support us, his biggest foreign supporters are all the worthless dictators and mullahs around the world and his forein policy plan is to "talk" to the enemy. What a joke."

    Exactly what "terror war" are you referring to? There was no threat of terrorism to America in Iraq until WE INVADED. Barack Obama has called for withdrawing troops from Iraq and redeploying them in Afghanistan... where the REAL war exists. Cuddling up to France, eh? Um, well, since France (like most countries around the world) supported us up until the Iraq invasion and we need all the allies we can get. "The worthless dictators and mullahs around the world"... Hmm. I find it interesting that most common people polled around the world (including France, Germany, African countries, and many other industrialized nations) overwhelmingly support Obama. It's not hard to figure out why. Lastly, "talking to the enemy" Sen. Obama has admitted, does not mean making concessions to the enemy. And how exactly does not talking serve any purpose other than to prove to our enemies that we are arrogant and will choose war before peace? It's really sad that a 20 year old college student has to tell you this, but grow up.

    July 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Steve/Houston,TX for Obama

    Do you people really think that Obama is going to take heart to the threats "If you don't put Hillary on as VP, I'm voting for McCain"? Threats get you no where. To be honest, if you would vote for McCain over Obama then it means you weren't a true Democrat but a bitter sexist or racist. Which one is it?

    July 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Independent Now

    PJ in VA July 15th, 2008 2:55 pm ET

    For those of you who say you don't know much about Senator Obama, I encourage you to take the time to find out the truth — read his book, go to his website, read his plans for progress in this country, get a point of reference.

    Yes I agree................please read his racists statements written in his book, research his HOPE, CHANGE, YES WE CAN, JUST WORDS ideas.....................you can't find anything concrete about his plans.

    His Just Words speech everyone went crazy over....................word for word wasn't even his, one of his friends let him borrow that speech from years earlier.

    YES WE CAN.............where did that slogan originate...............the English version of, “Sí Se Puede,” the famous rallying cry of Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers has a strong resonance with Spanish speakers. The phrase has been widely adopted by other labor unions and civil rights organizations and drew widespread political and media attention as a rallying cry during the 2006 U.S. immigration reform protests.

    Please don't forfet the many racist remarks towards the white race in his books written by Obama himself.

    July 15, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. obama is a DISGRACE

    John McCain has courage and integrity which he has demonstrated
    over a lifetime of service. And he's honest in his willingness to say what he believes.McCain's own character and judgement certainly were influenced by his naval career and his years as a POW. Those experiences don't automatically qualify him to be president, but they do spotlight the kind of integrity, courage and sense of duty that are needed in the Oval Office.
    Soldiers are told not to do anything to disgrace the uniform. A lot of good guys died wearing it. Well, this is good advice to obama and his surrogates.Gen.Wes Clark should be ashamed trying to spin a war hero's record in a haples effort to make barack obama a more commanding-looking commander in chief. And if obama thinks shooting spitballs at John McCain from behind a general's uniform looks presidental,go for it.
    John Mcain has a fierce commitment to serving his country.obama is on a power trip. All vs. an incredibly thin resume, an inability to reach out and get much done and a habit of hiding behind--and then dumping on-–surrogates.John McCain has the political courage that leads to bipartisan accomplishments.Voters have a clear choice for president: One man who has done the uniform proud, or one who will use it as needed, disgracing those who suffered or died wearing it.
    Handing this country over to obama is the biggest mistake this country can make. LOOK AT OBAMA.....really look at him. You can see right through him if you're honest.
    By the way, do all the AA know that obama's father's birth certificate list his father as Arab. Obama is only 6% African. Obama is white and Arab with 6% African.

    July 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |

    Hillary for McCain's VP!!!

    PUMA for brainz.

    July 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. discerner

    I really hope all this circus will stop soon. The people will vote for someone whom they know better and served the country honorably.

    July 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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