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. Judgement over Experience anyday

    Hey California Voter – Obama has proven good judgement which is what we need in the white house not necessarily experience. Bush had plenty of experience..........

    And Jackson – The only problem with your argument is we need somone who is good in other areas besides foreign policy because our country is in big trouble economically, enviornmentally, internally etc. "It's about the economy stupid", something mr. mccain admits he knows very little about. So there goes the so called experience theory down the tubes huh???????

    July 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. arc, Lugano CH

    jim – phila:

    Still don't get it do you? The New Yorker magazine was using satire to bring to light the isolationist fear and xenophobic bigotry that prevails in the United States of American in 2008. The cover is intended to introduce many like yourself, who still hold these truths to be self-evident and acceptable, to the rest of the world.

    The world is laughing.

    July 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Jim's A Dope


    An entire day was spent talking about the cover of the New Yorker and how there would be some people who wouldn't understand what satire meant. I copied this from the net:

    "Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humor in itself so much as an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit."

    So obviously Jim, you are one of those clueless people who should look up the meaning of the word. The cover was not "correct", according to the definition, it was anything but correct.

    Go educate yourself.

    July 15, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Andy J, NY

    Don't you people understand that it is Democrats and Republicans who are the problem? That means is Obama and McCain who are the problem. These guys toe their respective party lines, and its BUSINESS AS USUAL if we elect either of these two schmucks.

    July 15, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |

    Jan From Boca Raton, Fl, you are a raving racist and it's an ugly thing to be. May God soften your heart dear.

    July 15, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Mia


    Just as Obama's image was used to support a Republican to make it seem as if that Republican was strong on the economy. Facts are facts.

    July 15, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Russ, Albuquerque

    What does the New Yorker cover have to do with working across the table? People continuing to participate in this libel based on emotions is why America is failing and cannot elect an effective Government. Essentially, "If ya ain't fer me, ya don't look like me, yur' agin me".

    God help us.

    July 15, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. steve

    Excellent Ad: Barack the vote
    Bush just made a ridiculous statement during the press conference today.
    when asked about the future of the economy, he stated that he is not an "economist" but rather an "optimist" just like McSame.
    What a disappointment for this great country.

    July 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Candy West Virginia

    Jan From Boca Raton, Fl – Your blatent lies and smears on every blog against Obama is amazing and incredibly childish. Stop the repug bashing and try a little honesty for a change. Oh that's right you can't....your a repuglican. It must be hard for your guys, especially since your repug prez and prior repug dominated house and senate ruined our country, to defend yourselves so I understand lies are the only recourse you have. How sad.

    OBAMA 08

    July 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Ms. D

    Whoever still believe Obama is a muslim terriost is either retarded or out of touch. Do you honeslty believe they will be letting a terriost run for President of the United States? Trust me they have dug up his back ground along with his famliies!! The bottom line is that a black man will be running the country and some racist have a big problem with this!! They are just coming up with ridiculous reason to justify their behavior. If you disagree with his policies that's fine but to keep falsely attacking him and his family is crazy!!

    July 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. NotFallingInLine.org

    What cred? We're supposed to believe that his having lived abroad as a child has given him the experience that this country needs in a president?

    Why hasn't Obama has the good judgment to use his power in the U.S. Senate as the chair of the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over NATO and our efforts against Osama and the Taliban in Afghanistan? He could have been doing so much to keep us secure and to stop those who would do us harm over the last 18 months, but he's done nothing.

    Obama's style of deceptive flip-flop politics and his endless empty promises are not credible. They're disgraceful.

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Andy J, NY

    Obama still has no plan for energy independence. He says he wants to develop alternative energy sources... well, thats great. But what kinds? How will he implement them? How will replace all the millions of vehicles that currently run on gasoline? Where is this magical technology?

    I guess thats what you call the politics of hope.

    Hope that you can crap out something that will lead us into the future, and completely ignore a technology (oil) that we KNOW works, and we KNOW we will need for at least 20 years... So we drill now, and get oil 7 years later... Well, i don't know where you all plan on being in 7 years, but i'm still going to be in the USA, and we need to drill for US oil and keep the $$ in the US, instead of sending our $$ to the Saudis and Venezuelans.

    July 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. whiner

    even most republicans know obama is the right choice for america.obama will unite this divided country.

    July 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Daren

    To Jackson: There are no "real" Republicans to vote for–they're all recycled, and warmed over Bush. Who by the way is

    Barack the Vote 08

    July 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Dt

    To Jackson: There are no "real" Republicans to vote for–they're all recycled, and warmed over Bush. Who by the way is THE WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY.

    Barack the Vote 08

    July 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Ian MN

    TO jim, check out McCain's 61 flip flops, than try to tell me about some one saying anything for a vote.

    July 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Jay

    Am listening to Bush on CNN and can not believe theis man is educated and was educated in an american university.

    July 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    I can't see what all the fuss is about in this election. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see there isn't any comparison in the two candidates with McCain just being out matched on all fronts.

    McCain's policies are all almost identical to Bush/Cheney policies and he is less than dynamic when it comes to the way he conducts himself and obviously getting a little slower witted and forgetful.

    Unless Americans are intellectually bankrupt McCain won't come within 30% of the next President Obama.

    July 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Jane

    If only we had held the former Texas governor to the same standard in foreign policy experience that we are holding Obama...

    July 15, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Anonymous

    To: Jan From Boca Raton, Fl:

    The real truth is people like you who feel the need to denigrate someone for standing up for what he believes in is reprehensible. The truth is, rednecks will believe anything negative and unsubstantiated about Senator Obama just because he's black. It does not matter if his mother was white. All that matters is his skin color and that's why the New Yorker cover was wholly inappropriate.

    Thanks for proving me right about my theory

    July 15, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Frank

    A Democrat reaching out to a Republican??........even Obama realizes the Republicans are doing what's right for America!! This ad just blew up in your face...ha...ha!!!!

    July 15, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Sounds like Obama followed the lead set by Lugar. Do we need a follower in the White House? What has Obama ever led? What has he run? What has he managed? Nothing!!!

    July 15, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Looks like Barack Obama isn't doing as bad as Hillary and her supporters had hoped, wanting everyone to believe that Obama was doomed without dear old Hillary. Well apparently Obama doesn't need her.

    "A new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain nationally by nine points, 50%-41%. Per a release, “Independent voters split 44%-44%… Sen. McCain has a slight 47%-44% edge among men voters and a larger 49%-42% lead among white voters. But black voters back Sen. Obama 94%-1%, while women support him 55%-36%. Obama leads 63-%-31% percent among voters 18 to 34 years old and 48%-44% among voters 35 to 54, while voters over 55 split with 45% for McCain and 44% for Obama.”

    July 15, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    jim-pjhila.-I wonder if you look as stupid a you sound?

    July 15, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. faye, NV


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