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. Donna

    Obama has emerged as a " finger in the wind guy " , he follows whichever way the strongest current takes him..!!
    Nor do I want to hear another sermon like speech read from the teleprompter , his arrogant berating of Americans is getting tiresome.
    Obama has fooled many people most of the time , lets hope he can't fool all the people all the time.
    Obama has no core values that is why he is able to change his positions , whenever needed , for political expedience.

    July 15, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. pam

    Maybe there will come a time when politicians put the country first and party second. The last senator to do that was Dirksen. He was a part of every major legislation in the country – he worked with everyone and always put country before party. As I read the above and listen to the media commentary – I find it truly amazing how people always seem to come down of the side of the issue that their party supports – as if the other party (for both sides) never had an intelligent idea on any issue.

    Lets hope the next president can be like that.

    July 15, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. 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 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. jp/michigan

    Just to show his arrogance , Obama has a plan for Iraq WITHOUT going there first and SPEAKING to the soldiers on the ground. He puts more faith on the words of others than to see and hear from real sources. He was against the surge, and the surge has proven to work. The Iraq;'s have met 15 of the 18 benchmarks, Obama doesn't even acknowledge them. McCain has a plan and so far he has been right!

    July 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    "Obama needs to get used to people printing the truth."

    It is because of ignorant statements like that why Barack and his supporters have every reason to be upset over the New Yorker cover. My grandmother used to say "find them dumb, leave them dumb" for those people who would refuse to accept the truth. Unfortunately, when the dumb continue to knowingly spread false information, it affects everyone.

    July 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Rick

    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.

    July 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. steveojesse

    Here is a candidate who:
    • Is a former federal prosecutor
    • Is a former (4 term) member of the United States House of Representatives
    • Earned a master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University
    • Earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center
    • Was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    • was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

    He probably knows a thing or two about foreign affairs and law. He wants to remove laws that have limited our freedom and he wants to pull out of Iraq.

    His name is Bob Barr and he should be president in '08!

    July 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    For all of you pointing fingers at Barack's absence from the committee meetings, why don't you take a good look at your candidate's voting and attendance record. He has skipped out on several major votes over the past year and actually has the worse attendance record in the US Senate. It is very easy to criticize others about their votes as McCain has, especially when he avoids the votes all together.

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Bulldog

    Ignorant Republicans who don't even know the details about their own nominee. All they can do is throw sticks and call names at the other guy. Tell all the great things you canidate has done in the last 26 years, and please include some details. Don't just spout off that he is great on national security, give us some details why. Please, I would love to understand the specifics of your reasoning, and no, being a POW is not justifiable reason.

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Why isn't Obama responding to McCain's comments about Russia and China? He should outline whether he agrees with kicking Russia out of the G8, and barring China, or 'not'.
    Whether there will be a renewal of the Cold War is something that should 'not' be looked 'after' the election.
    Yesterday, the news headlines about the Russian Navy restarting patrols in the Arctic is more important than people think. The same day, McCain says he would not got to the Olympics in China.
    If Obama agrees with McCain on Russia and China, or if he has no opinion, are questions that NEED vetting.
    A candidate debate on China and Russia would be a GOOD thing, a focused debate, not some town hall meeting where any lamo can take up time with any lame question.
    What if the room is full of 'bitter', 'whining' people?

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. german man

    So many people have their heads in the sand.

    Don't they realize that Hitler was Germany's "Man of Change"? He ran on the same platform .... he was going to bring about great changes to benefit everyone.

    Well, he certainly did! The citizens rallied to support him – cheered him on as they watched in idolization. Sounding familiar? And after all the "changes", we know what happened next.

    With Barack we will be asking for bigger government, bigger taxes to support all the "giveaway" programs he is proposing, less money in everyone's pockets, and the loss of even more small businesses. You think big business runs everything now?

    Just wait! The government already wants to tell us what light bulbs to buy, how our food should be grown (and who can grow it), what we can and can't wear, what can legally be put into our childrens' vaccinations, etc. Pretty soon we'll be told we can only have so many children (like China already does). Where does it all end?

    I have thought and have seen the paralleism between the Hitler campaign and the Obama campaign.

    It's scary but true. The people of Germany idolized Hitler and fell at his feet, much like Americans are doing to Obama. Hitler had a hidden agenda as I believe Obama has as well.

    There are way to many "unknowns" about Obama. I don't think America really likes this guy that much, they just want change and since McCain is a republican, America automatically tunes him out because of Bush. McCain is very different from Bush and will be the best candidate to lead America.

    I pray America will come to her senses and vote Obama out.....if not, America will enter very dark days as did Germany under Hitler.

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's amazing that Obama needed the whole 30 seconds to talk about his foreign policy credentials. He could have said he doesn't have any in about in 2.

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. larry

    Obama is offering more war, more expense, more death and higher taxes – all in the name of peace and prosperity.

    What does it take to get them to end the war? Both wars!

    July 15, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. David

    sorry Obama, you can try to tout foregin policy all you want but you get a big fat "F" as your grade since you have not shown change and have continued politcis as usual by staying glued to the CFR cronies. Oh, and by voting for the unconstitutional new FISA bill that ignores our 4th amendment. So you are no better than Bush if you favor something that tears down what you are sworn to defend.

    July 15, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. SHAME


    July 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    Slick ads or not, this guy doesn't have the resume to get a Regional Director's job at a Fortune 500 company yet he reads scripts well and looks good on TV....lets hand him the keys to the country!

    July 15, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. NewYorker Magazine Rocks

    Hey Jan in Boca,

    I really don't think anything in this cartoon is true, however my issue is that I just don't trust Obama. I cant explain why, it's just a gut feeling. It doesn't help that I trust Michelle even less. So the cartoon is inaccurate, but since I dont like Obama then I love anything that might block his path to the white house.

    July 15, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. joann

    Hey Mandarin, haven't you been listending? He's giving the country away even though last year he made you think he was taking it back. Don't be blindsided by this guy. He's not what he told you he is.

    July 15, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. S.

    Some of you degenerates need to be banned from the planet – the crap you type is shameful. Your parents must be so proud. Dummies on the internet, what a dangerous thing. smdh

    July 15, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. McBush = Nearing the end of an erosion cycle

    Jan Rot from Boca florida /You are so full of it why don't you go back to your McLooser base / town hall meetings/ rest home crowd / making up lies.

    Romney from that Utah church who could listen to him he sure thinks he is important and that he knows everything he would not need a mike in an arena since his voice is a mike go back to Utah .

    July 15, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Kurt from Canada

    Andy J: "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."

    You do know that Exxon gets IT'S oil from mostly foreign sources, right? Most of it from the Middle East.

    No. Of course not. You were in full rant at the time.

    And it would only make sense to save the environment, since you and I are both a part of the environment.

    It never ceases to amaze me the animosity of people claiming to have supported Clinton have towards Obama. While I'm sure most of these posts are Republican trolls, I'm equally sure that far too many are genuine.

    Keep in mind that the United States isn't the only nation with a vested interest in this election.

    July 15, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. You can't win an occupation

    "Travis, Spokane, WA July 15th, 2008 11:40 am ET

    “The single most important national security threat that we face is nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists," Obama says in the ad.

    I thought we didnt have to worry about "tiny" countries like Iran and Venezuela….but I guess if they had a nuclear weapon then we should worry? Oh…did Barrack forget that Iran may be developing a nuclear weapon? Did he forget that their leader is talking about wiping Israel off the map? And maybe we would know whether or not he thought the Iranian elite Revolutionary Guard was a terrorist organization, but he didnt vote on that bill, just like half of the other votes while he has been in the senate.

    Barack is a JOKE"

    So i guess we should bomb and destroy any country that is suspected of hiding WMD's. Obama believes in diplomacy, Not shoot first, ask questions later. We can see how the current administration is handling Iraq. Why are we as Americans the only ones with a license to have WMD's if we can't even figure out who we're at war with? I can see why every other country hates America. GWB started this war to maintain Superpower status but resulted in holding America hostage without knowing what his demands are.

    July 15, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Foreign observer

    We got 7 years of lies on Irak, climate change, economy situation from the RNC politicians running the country. Good to know there is somebody who will not betray us but will work in favour of solving our problems.

    July 15, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Phil

    CNN Reporters listened to Obama's speech today, and the headline for their article is "Obama says Iraq war is a distraction". He just laid out the most logical and reasonable approach to foreign policy I have heard in years and that is the headline they came out with? CNN and others in the medai are willing to sabotage and disrupt any constructive approach or chance to save our country in the interest of inflammatory headlines that will promote increases in their own revenues. Geesh, just like our current presidential administration.

    July 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. dreamartist1@msn.com

    OMG,.. a Billion dollars that we don't have. Please Obama think before you open you mouth. We are no longer a rich country. We can't afford to go shopping on credit. What about our own countries needs? Social Security, child care, housing that we as Americans need.
    I will tell you I am not a McCain fan, but thinking of Obama running our country makes cringe.

    July 15, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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