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. Cynthia

    I trust Senator Obama to do what is right for America. I listened to President Bush's press conference today and a reporter had asked him a question and he told him to repeat it because he was 62 yrs old and could not remember. It really made me think for him to say that.

    I get what you people are trying to say that are saying that there is nothing is wrong with the NY cover. You are really the ones with the problem.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. joann

    Hey all you people "dogging" Jan, what did you ever know "for real" about Obama? When the reporters were interviewing college students on the streets and asking them "why are you voting for Obama" they didn't have an answer – they said "duhh, I don't know, change?". You are all under the influence of the Koolaid and you are voting for him because you want the rest of us to believe you are not racist – 85% poll shows America says we are ready for a black president – BULL!! Lies. He said the word change and you all jumped on the bandwagon. You are all voting for a "thought" and not a person. You don't know this guy either and everything they do come out with is not good – Rezko, Wright, (these people exist you can't make them go away), Even Reverand Jackson don't like him. He's changed position on everything he told you he stood for and now he wants to shift the war over to Afghanastan. Are you all sleeping – you don't know him either! Lay off Jan.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Foreign observer

    Why some GOP people are so dump to offend Obama even on positions where he agrees with McCain. This says a lot about the present weakness of this country.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. curt

    KC at least half of those 13 so called fact's are wrong, study the real fact's before you write stupid blogs

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Car

    Obama always puts his hand on his chin to act like he's wise. Those of us who understand body language know it means he's in the process of learning. I don't want on-the-job- training for my next president.

    MCCAIN 08
    HILLARY 12

    July 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Twan from Annapolis

    This election year is about Barack Obama. You can simply call John McCain (Opponent). We the people just want to know if Barack is up to the job of Commander an Chief. So, of course most headlines are going to be about him. America is awakend like its never been before. Every potical story nowadays creates a media frenzy. But like I said it's all about Obama. We cannot continue in the failed policies of the current administration.

    Obama/Sebelius 08
    McCain Romney 08

    July 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Perla

    Several of the remarks posted here come from Americans who don't get PARODY.

    The New Yorker cover is MAKING FUN of people who fabricate–and people who believe–these ridiculous smears against the Obamas.

    The cover is MAKING FUN of Fox News and all the right-wing pundits whose bread is buttered by lying to the American people.

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Griff

    Foreign Policy? All you have is a "Back that bends, in a Breeze", with your own kind.... Soft talk.... Don't work...

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Foreign observer

    A pity there is no forward looking GOP politician at moment. The best choice is Obama who will merge the goods from both parties.

    July 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    Well then JohnBoy – it definitely aint mccain cause unlike Obama who is a real american born on american soil mccain was born in Panama. Get your facts straight moron.

    July 15, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. joann

    Hey KC, great facts but now you have to add – "said he's end the war and now wants to renegotiate and sent troops over to Afghanastan". Flip flopping all over the place.

    July 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA

    I would agree except mccain started to miss this stuff when he started his campaign. obama on the other hand got elected said he wouldnt run for POTUS because he was going to focus on his duties as a senator, then shortly after that decided to run. He has been campaining since elected so he has had no time to fulfill his duties as a senator. If you are the head of a committee that has never met, how can you use that committee as proof to your foreign policy experience? I notice how obamabots denounce comments about the cover, but not about his lack of showing up to head his committee.

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. mickey

    So a 15 minute phone call to a Republican who knows what he is doing is Obama's foreign policy resume. Wow I'm really impressed. I love the fact they mention he is the chair of the Senate committee yet in 18 months in that position has never attended a single meeting. What a leader.

    July 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Virgie

    You have my vote, Sen. Obama. I support you 100%. You are the best candidate to be the president to lead America.

    July 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. tanner, ca

    The posters on this site are really pathetic. This is the worst moderated board I have ever seen. Talk about one sided... sheesh! Do you delusional people really think that these messages really reflect the views of all Americans? I'll answer that for you, no. All these boards reflect are the views of a handful of nutcases who are preaching to the choir.

    July 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. MJ

    Barack Obama is so full of it. Obama, Hope and change to what? foreign policy credentials-what? This man is not DR. NO, HE SHOULD BE LABELED DR. WHo?DR.What? HE HAS NO PLAN PEOPLE. hE IS so arrogant, fake, and all about himself. I actually feel sorry for weak minded people who believes his hype and phony rhetoric. THIS MAN CARES NOTHING ABOUT YOU!!! WAKE UP!!! From a lefelonf Democrat!!!!!

    July 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Obamalism

    This ad does NOTHING to convince me that he has foreign policy experience. How long has he been on this commitee? Yeah... thought so.

    Obama only has experience with campaigning. No military, no foreign relations (other than living in other countries half his life), no economics, no executive. NOTHING RELEVANT TO THE PRESIDENCY....

    July 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Candy, West Virginia

    By the way I am a democrat, not a republician. I will not be voting in theis election as I have a right to vote in whom I believe in.
    Re: the New York Magazine

    1. Rev Wright as his mentor
    2. Bitter remarks,
    3. Flip Flops everyday
    4. Michelle Obama, not being proud of our country
    5. Flag pin, National Anthum

    I am not a racist as my husband is African American, and I would vote for a black man, but never Obama.He is a lair and a snake. Give me C. Powell as a canadate and I would vote for him in a heartbeat, he has proven himself with no skeltons in his closet and he's proud to
    be an American.

    You Obama supporters need to realize Obama is not the second coming of Christ. You like him then vote for him, but don't think everyone else will.

    July 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Keep It Simple Stupid !

    Excellent Comprehensive Foriegn Policy Action Plan By Obama today.

    It was everything his critics (both in the primary & the general election) had been saying he could not do. In my opinion, in my 47 years, I've not heard anything like this from John McCain.

    Now ... CNN ... let's not have any fluff that detracts from this serious conversation. No

    Cindy McCain or Michele Obama
    Jesse Jackson or Pastor Hague

    Error plagued surrogates like Carly Fiorina and Phl Gramm ... be silent.

    Let us see the intellect of the candidates at work. I, for one, want to hire the smart guy.

    July 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Terry, NJ

    Foreign policy cred? Domestic policy cred? All Obama has done is shove the word "change" down people's throat who are naive and hungry for nice encouraging words. That's about the only cred he has. Talk of change with ideals but no ideas. Utopian ideals without a reality check. NOBAMA...

    July 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Phil

    joann, you do understand that Iraq and Afghanistan are 2 different countries, and two different battlefields or "wars", right?

    July 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. DM, Let talk about the truth!!

    Bring the Nation togather and taking the weapons out of the hands of those who would the US harm. Rebuilding the economic trust in the minds of Americans,..

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. MB

    I agree with this article 100%. If Obama is to have a clue about foreign policy he's going to have to go to a Republican to get it.

    July 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Pat Riot

    So he cosigned a bill to get a position in Foreign Relations Committee? All that does is reinforce my argument that this guy is an opportunist. He doesn't want to lead he wants to rule.

    July 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. BA

    In response to 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?"

    Jackson, what makes McCain strong in National Security? His POW status or that he can't think straight? What will McCain do my himself or if he is sorrounded by stupid people who think the only way to beat the enemy is by throwing a bomb on them.

    Anyone who thinks that McCain is the smartest guy to lead this country is so wrong because you either don't know or can't be open to the idea that a 1/2 Black man will be the first President of U.S.

    FYI, Obama is not an empy suit, he's got a PHD from Harvard and knows about Constitutional Law more than McBush or his team will ever dream of knowing. When someone is Smart he can become a great leader because in time you'll have to think and do the right thing.
    And sorry to say this but McCain in neither smart nor will he become the next President because he can't comprehend what is going on in today's world.

    OBAMA 08/12

    July 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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