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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Why is everyone making such a fuss over the cover of the New York
    magazine, it is only showing the truth. Obama needs to get used to
    people printing the truth.

    July 15, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. California Voter

    Wow . . .does this really equal the experience we need in a President?

    July 15, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Tony




    July 15, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. BOB


    July 15, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. DEBBY


    July 15, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Jackson

    Another Obama ad showing him working with a Republican to make is seem like he is strong on National Security.

    Why not just vote for a real Republican that is strong on National Security instead of an empty suit who lies about it?

    July 15, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Eric in Ca

    You have my vote Sen. Obama!

    July 15, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Mandarin

    I can't wait until November. I am so excited about voting for Barack. I'm in the middle of his book "Dreams From My Father", and it's excellent. Target is selling the paperback for $11.96.

    Go Barack–let's take our country back, Whoohooo!!!

    July 15, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. jim - phila.

    Tomorrow it will be chemicals. This guy will say anything, any time, any place. The New Yorker picture is correct.

    July 15, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. carlo

    Obama is the best hope we've had in an entire generation to finally get something done, Oh, and BTW, before all of you maniacs refer to his attendance in sub-committee hearings, don't forget that McCain has the highest absentee rate of ANYONE in the Senate.

    July 15, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Dierdra, WI

    How can you lead our country when you can't even get on the internet? McCain is a decent man, but not the man for this job. We need someone to move us forward, not backwards.

    The O Team should have an internet town-hall meeting.

    Barack Obama 08

    July 15, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Rob

    His campaign is impressive; proactive rather than reactive. While the McCain campaign seems to be focused on attacking Obama, Obama's campaign again and again is focusing on the issues where he's weak and adding to his credibility. This is the Google of campaigns; it's fresh, innovative, and proactive. It sniffs out issues and pounces on them while McCain's attack dinosaurs are sorting through old Obama speeches looking for smear feul.

    July 15, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Vann

    Again, the New Yorker should be ashamed and David Remnick missed the boat. Maybe it's time for them to get a new leader?

    Obama 08

    July 15, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. doc

    what a hoot, obama sits on the senate committee for nato in europe,which also controls nato and us troops in afghanastan,problem he has never attended one committe meeting which he is chairman of. question now he is going for a photo op. , in iraq and afghanastan, whats the deal, oh he has been campaining so our troops take a back seat or should they get under the bus too. WHY HAS THIS COMMITTEE NOT had any meetings I'm suppose to trust his judgement ???? , what is a Democrate to think about this ....

    July 15, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Joe

    Obama give it up! This is all you got? What a joke. "Gee I worked with Lugar therefore I should be President of the United States." What has this country come down to?

    July 15, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Bruce

    So because someone can't get on the internet that somehow makes him less credible to run for President? What a ridiculous post.

    July 15, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Jamaal Kansas

    A vote for Obama is a vote for change a vote for Mccain is a Vote for Bush Make a wise Decision This time we CANNONT HAVE A THIRD BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

    July 15, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Greg, NY

    Jackson July 15th, 2008 10:53 am ET

    Another Obama ad showing him working with a Republican to make is seem like he is strong on National Security.

    Why not just vote for a real Republican that is strong on National Security instead of an empty suit who lies about it?

    Look, Obama's suit may be loose fitting because he's skinny, but it's certainly not empty... Can you imagine an empty suit just walking around? That would be funny...

    Anyway, where is he lying here? Google the Lugar-Obama bill and you'll find all the information you need.

    July 15, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Linda Esen

    WOW ...the bigots are out in full force. Know full well just how ignorant people are inthis coutry the New Yorker has re-inforced these mind set and you say there is nothing wrong with that. Since this general election began there has been soooo much hate on line including comments on the CNN political ticker. I really fear for his life now – people are so embroiled in ignorance and hate. When to me this man is the only chance we have. BUT then again folks elected Bush twice.

    July 15, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Matt

    Hey Obama:

    Why not spend some time talking about what you haven't done on committees? Since you've become chairman of the subcommittee on European Affairs, how many times have you convened the committee? Oh yeah, zero. It's good that you talk about needing troops in Afghanistan, but wait, don't you have a say in that, seeing as how as chairman of the European Affairs committee, you are a liason with NATO? Why not get your committee together and make something happen to stop the Taliban? Oh yeah, you're busy running for President (ironically, on the platform that you'll move troops to Afghanistan, where they're needed...).

    I'll give credit where credit is due, but you have to take criticism where criticism is due as well...

    July 15, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Andy J, NY

    You have to be some sort of messiah in order to figure out that we need to work together in order to keep WMD's out of the hands of terrorists?

    Big deal, my little brother could figure that one out.

    This stupid commercial isn't going to do anything to get my vote. Obama thinks we don't need any more oil- what is his magical technology he HOPES to produce that will replace the gasoline in my car? Is he going to buy me a new car to run on hydrogen? Is he going to pay for my new electric car?

    You see, that is the problem. We NEED OIL for the next 20 years, minimum. We need to get all the oil we can, while we develop new technology. We know oil works as a fuel, and we can have a bunch of it flowing within 3-7 years. We also need to work on alternatives, which are not a feasible option for at least 10 YEARS.

    Wake up, morons. Its not a choice between "only oil" or "only alternative fuels," its a combination of EVERYTHING. Why get oil for the Saudis when we can get it from Exxon or another American company? Oh, thats right. You liberals want to crush our economy to save the environment. Idiots.

    July 15, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. mike

    jan,very ignorant

    July 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Nikki, Florida

    On voting for veterans:

    Iraq & Afghani vets grade McCain a D. Obama gets a B+

    McCain voted with the disabled American vets 20% of the time. Obama, 80%.

    Who's fighting for our veterans?!?!?

    OBAMA '08

    July 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Linda Esen

    jim – phila.;

    The New Yorker cover was obviously targeting ignorant fools such as yourself. McCain was a veteran who voted for this war and its contuniation for another 100 years!!! I think McCain should have been on that cover.

    July 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. NObama

    Nuclear Weapons Threat Reduction Act of 2007 – Authorizes the President, upon a specified congressional certification by the Secretary of State, to make voluntary contributions for creation of a low enriched uranium reserve administered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that would help guarantee the availability of fuel for commercial nuclear reactors and dissuade countries from building their own uranium enrichment capability.

    Authorizes appropriations for voluntary contributions to the IAEA.

    Directs the National Academy of Sciences to report to Congress on a verification regime for a fissile material cutoff treaty.

    Directs the President to report to Congress respecting: (1) a plan to ensure the security of all nuclear weapons and weapons usable material at vulnerable sites worldwide and for working with other countries to ensure such materials' security; and (2) U.S. strategy and policies regarding the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

    Authorizes appropriations to establish a national technical forensics program to develop technologies and procedures for determining the origin of nuclear materials, whether seized intact or collected after the detonation of a nuclear bomb.

    Establishes the Commission on United States Objectives and Strategy for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology.

    As you can see, Obama's work doesn't really do anything at all.

    July 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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