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. Dinah, PA

    Get a clue, politicians who are CAMPAIGNING need to TALK. This is the time for it, you guys are crazy. I want to hear what he has to say. So keep talking Barack, and in January you will be WALKING into the White House.

    July 15, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Rico Alexander

    Why talk about an ad if you're not going to link to said ad. Talk about poor reporting.

    July 15, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Steve

    The hold point of satire is to shake things up. Everyone is too PC these days.

    July 15, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. James, Redlands, CA

    Jan from Boca- You are clueless. Even the somewhat responsible talking heads of the right have admitted that they KNOW Obama is not a Muslim or was raised a Muslim. That would imply that his white mother and grandparents (from Kansas) were Muslims.

    His work with Lugar is an example of his willingness to reach out to Republicans for the greater good and safety of America. To find something negative in that only points out the bias of the person making the comment.

    July 15, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    yet another reason to vote for obama. unlike his opponent, obama has the respect of ALL of his colleagues, in both parties. and that's what we DESPERATELY need to repair this country.

    mccain will keep we americans divided and fighting, and he will continue to erode our reputation worldwide. i know it's a bumper sticker cliche, but it is soooooo true--WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!! ask any veteran who's been in one!!!

    July 15, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Onyx, STL

    All of you people that believe that there was nothing wrong with the New Yorker front cover show me and others like me that our country hasn't gone too far from the days of Jim Crow and Black Face. These people have the nerve to illustrate a Presidential Candidate as a Terrorist and his wife has a militant American hater and get away with it. Legally this is what lawyers call slander and if the Obama's were not campaigning I'm sure that they would sue the crap out of the New Yorker. These same conservatives were the ones screaming at The New York Times when they broke the McCain Lobbyist Affair story. They were calling it slander and a violation of Journalist ethics, however they are willing to call another candidate and his wife a terrorist and thats OK? Like I said this proves to me that my country has ndot changed as much as I wished it had!!

    July 15, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Eddie

    Obama has a bill in congress to give .7% of our national gross product money to the U.N. plus. What about Americans?? We do not need to support the world, with foreigin relations and money. Many of our seniors live in proverty on Social Sec. Don't tax us more. They will break the United States financialy. Obama is trying to have the U.S. in more financial problems with his give away to forgien countries and tax us out of our homes and with his policies send jobs out of the country. There is truth in the New York cartoon..... He and his campaign are fussing about. He is also trying to force high schoolers and collage kids in to slaves for charity, against the 12 article in the constitution. Keep him off any committees.

    July 15, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. ANGIE

    i suggest the people who have their doubts in senator obama need to do their own research on him listen to him more and wake up and face it senator obama is what this country needs right now not someone who has voted with bush 95 percent of the time in the way i see it with mccain he has strongly supported bush in the last 7 years what makes you think he will turn back now like they say YOU CANT TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS wise up people do the right thing this time VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA

    July 15, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. SIMP

    california voter

    can you really be this stupid? All presidents have advisors, people they get advice from and people they converse with over all the major issues of this country. You dummies that always make reference to Obama and his experience should get the facts before you start questioning his experience.

    Obama 08

    July 15, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |


    July 15, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Judgement vs Rash Coughups

    How can Americans be so foolish as to trust the same republican rashness that has sunk us so low?

    On November 29, 2002 on CNN’s Late Edition, Sen. McCain said, "We’re not going to get into house-to-house fighting in Baghdad. We may have to take out buildings, but we’re not going to have a bloodletting of trading American bodies for Iraqi bodies....I don’t think it’s easy, but I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time."

    In contrast, Obama made a prominent speech around the same time, October 2, 2002, in which he said, "But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. "I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al-Qaeda."

    Obama correctly foresaw the consequences of the biggest foreign policy blunder in American history. McCain won't even support vets after the bloodletting? Which candidate do you think is more "naive on foreign policy and not as qualified to lead the military?" Obama advised sanctions and predicted the situation also for Zimbabwe 1 and half yrs ago before things spun out of control and he was right.

    July 15, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. pam

    In another time there was a candidate from Illinois, with very limited experience who came from a broken home who was illustrated in the press to be a fool, a buffoon and was vilified by both parties. He became president at a time a great peril to our country – and he rose to greatness. He also surrounded himself with great differences (he crossed party lines) to build his cabinet, as written in “Team of Rivals”. Lincoln helped to save our country – he too brought great change to the US. Obama has those same characteristics – I only hope he does not end up with the same fate.

    July 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon


    you've got your parties mixed-up, the REPUBLICANS have cornered the market on that one!!!!!!!!! yet another of their elitist monopolies!

    July 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Ms. RDS

    @Jan From Boca Raton, Fl....go away troll. Stop trying to get people off topic. That issue is dead...

    July 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Fred C Dobbs

    "The two senators developed a working relationship after Obama praised Lugar’s nuclear nonproliferation legacy on the campaign trail in 2004."

    That is the extent of his working relationship with Republicans as he voted with Democrats almost exclusively.

    How many of Obama's bills actually made it to a vote in his two stint as a US senator running for the presidency – two.

    What a bunch of crap!

    July 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. K

    That's his claim to fame? Yikes! Maybe he shouldn't highlight his accomplishment (singular)...you can't bemoan Bush's lack of experience when elected and then try to hold this guys up as seasoned and experienced, it only highlights the opposite!

    July 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. carrie hussein obama

    i love barrack obama
    he is the man the world needs

    July 15, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. BryanMartin

    This is another example of Obama's dishonesty. He's attempting to take credit for signing his name to Luger's work. I was an avid hillary supporter, and for a few brief days I considered voting for barack.. But then at the event in unity New Hampshire, he had free speech zones set up for the protesters. That's a page straight from George W!

    July 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Jeff

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

    because there isn't a real Republican still left in the race?

    July 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. JohnBoy

    We must have a real American as president, not someone that spent their younger years living in a Muslim enviroment.

    McCain 08

    July 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Wow. Bipartisanship. Working with a senior Republican towards a common goal...Amazing! How unlike the doomed legacy of the Decider, the stone divider...and his clone, McSame.

    July 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. NPA

    Didn't Mitt Romney, in a CNN interview, say nuclear nonproliferation is a liberal issue?

    Mitt, who is running for McCain's VP, in an attempt to argue that Obama has never worked on any bipartisan issue, called nuclear nonproliferation a liberal issue. So where does McCain stand on nuclear nonproliferation? Where would a VP Romney stand on nuclear nonproliferation?

    The republicans' say anything and do anything to win tactic will backfire - especially if Mitt Romney is placed on that ticket. Obama gives McCain credit for McCain's military service; so McCain and his surrogates need to start giving Obama credit for Obama's bipartisan work - or the republicans will look foolish.

    July 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |


    July 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Dan , TX

    jim – phila says "the New Yorker picture is correct".

    Jim – you are an ignorant fool who should get out of America and make room for someone who has some level of intellectual honesty and/or intellectual ability.

    July 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Jan - Do you really honestly believe that the cover of the New Yorker portrays the real barack and Michelle Obama? Do you? Are you speaking the Gods honest truth in your statement?

    Come on Jan... tell everyone the real truth - you were just saying it because you wanted to get people riled up is that it? Or are you really that dumb? Which is it?

    July 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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