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. Nova from NV

    His foreign policy credentials does not compare to John McCain. Anyway, Iran would love to see Obama elected because once the US moves out, they will have a field day in Iraq. Obama vision of how to proceed is naive and show inexperience.

    July 15, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    Please, everybody use Google or your favorite search engine and look up what exactly Obama contributed to Lugar's committee. Sounds like basically a warm seat! Just like Obama, take the credit for work others have done. His empty suit matches the empty heads of the Obamite fanatics that pollute these bloggs.

    July 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Sue

    DSure, Obama made high grades from the textbook in college. So what? He has done nothing to demonstrate relevance of his high grades since he graduated. Like, Obama LED the senior republican senator into controlling the world???? Give me a break!!!

    July 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. barb

    This sounds excellent. So often we narrow our vision of foreign relations capability by how many wars a candidate has fought. What about his ability to set a continent ablaze. and to inspir the world with his vision of a world beginning to work together?

    I'm glad he's doing this.

    July 15, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Tim Hutchins

    Does anyone believe Obama took the initiative from senior Sen Lugar who has been involved in world events for decades? Is anyone that dumb out there???

    July 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Hal

    CNN: What? You still can't bring yourselves to post any of my messages? Oh, that's right: they don't conform to your inflated Obama propaganda. (Like this has a chance of getting posted!)

    July 15, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    You mean Obama really does have some foreign policy cred? Stop the presses! Funny he had to take out his own ad.

    July 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Jan From Boca Raton,Fl

    Jan+ Gramm+ McCain+Bush =Stupid

    Republican Brand

    July 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Francisco in NY

    Once again WhamBama is trying to pull a fast one. Suddenly he's an expert on Foreign Policy and he hasn't even traveled abroad yet nor had any extensive dealings with foreign governments other than when he did his stint in SE Asia – yeah right, expert. This guy changes his tune every day. Got help this nation if he gets elected !! At least with McCain you know what you're getting be it god or evil !!

    July 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. el coyote

    I wish someone would explain to me why Obama is credited for his brilliant speeches. He does not write a word of them. He has a whole bank of professional speech writers. We hear about them all the time. Just because he is a very good dynamic public speaker (so was Hitler), does that make him brilliant ? All he does is read his teleprompter. We have 12 year olds that not only have memorized the dictionary, but they can spell all the words (watch the national spelling Bee some time). Watch him sometime without his teleprompter. Just because he can read someone else's prefabricated speech, does this make him presidential quality ? I THINK NOT !!

    July 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Jeff Long

    @mlk July 15th, 2008 12:52 pm ET
    "....CNN is so biased towards Obama all of my comments are deleted. Why is Roland Martin their top political anylist. Roland is about as racist as they come. "

    This comment will be deleted soon. I posted something about Obama that wasn't even negative. I tried to show it to a friend and the CNN moderator deleted it. All the negative comments about McCain seem to make it though.

    July 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Military Man

    Hal, I've found that if you keep the messages shorter ... they'll get posted immediately. If you write a 500 word essay, it'll get lost in the "must await moderation" pile.

    Brevity will get your opinion posted.

    Obama – no thank you.
    Anyone else '08

    July 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Candy West Virginia

    Jan From Boca Raton, Fl – I am bitter that this country has been trashed. Flag pin – have you ever worn one? Regarding rev wright – should all the catholics that listened to their pedophile preists be condemned? And proud? You obviously didn't really hear MO speak or you wouldn't say that. John mccain is the true flip flopper and we all know it. You may be a democrat but you sure sound like a repug the way you are spouting your hatred. But speaking of proud – what really is there to be proud of? High crime, record unemployment, record high gas, food, millions of homes in foreclosures, country is filled with racists, the world hates us, we are in a senseless war, our country is bankrupt, our prez is corrupt, over 4500 soldiers killed in this senseless war and on and on.

    July 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Bulldog

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Next thing you know the sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable.

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants.

    Who has the judgement?

    July 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Olivia

    The New Yorker has always done satirical covers of very important people. It is known for its irreverence and wit.

    What are the Obamas' so worried about? Why should they be treated any differently, even though Barack is acting as the president of this c ountry already?

    People are suspicious of them and little is known about them.
    We have questions.

    July 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. jr

    Obama's Foreign Policy Experience = Zero, Zip, Zilch, None, Nada!
    That is unless you count foreign speaking citizens in the Chicago communities he organized.

    Where does this guy get off trying to make us believe that he has foreign policy expertise. I'd have more respect for him if he'd just tell us the truth, that he has none, instead of trying so hard to convince us that he does.

    July 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Jeff Long

    WoW!! So your 16 month time table is not going to be used to bring troops home, but to strategically place troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Change we can believe in? I think not!! So this just tells me that we still will be paying for this expensive war and that Obama is not bring the troops home.

    By the way people. Afghanistan does not have as much conflict as Iraq so there is no point in putting a large number of troops in Afghanistan!! Believe me, I've been there! Afghanistan is under far better control than Iraq! Understand me when I say this, "I did not say that Afghanistan is under control!!! It's under far better control than Iraq so don't get it twisted!!!". Iraq is not under control! They have over 30,000 troops in Afghanistan and less conflict. Iraq has over 140,000 troops and a lot of conflict. Plus, it really does not matter where they go because the war will just come to them and things will get worse in Iraq if it is not stable when they leave. Obama needs to not say anything about the conflict until he visits Iraq and Afghanistan because right now his argument holds no substance! He hasn't even attended a foreign relations committee hearing. End of story!

    July 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. patricia

    McSame and Bush have made a mess of everything including the economy, the war on terrorism. We need Obama now!

    July 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. CTP

    We will, we will, Barack you! YES WE WILL!!!

    July 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. fairandstraight

    AMEN to Greg, NY. I am so tried of that ignorant slang people are using.

    What makes people sound even more insane is the fact that all candidates are speaking to the public using WORDS. What else can a speech be made up of except words. When Obama is elected President of the US, then we will see his plans translate into action. Otherwise, all candidates for public office can be accused of the same thing. At least, his words have not changed on anything that really matters or affects the American people. A good president of any company or any thing will look at situation and make decisions on the basis of how things are, not how the were years ago, or how we want them to be.

    Obama will make an awesome president.

    July 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. CTP

    The Republicans sure have latched on to this post. What's the matter? Afraid of the truth? Afraid our boy Barack is going to beat the old man, Grampy McSame?

    Barack Obama '08!!! YES, Republicans, WE WILL TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK FROM YOU!!

    July 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. dan

    stay afraid.... give us your money. we are the only ones who can take care of you... love the Government

    July 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. jimmy velman



    July 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. DJ, LA, CA

    All you Republican neo-con's are grasping at straws and have no credibility. Obama is solid in the Senate, understands how to work on common ground, and is highly skilled negotiator.

    Have any of you WHINING cynics ever seen Obama on CSPN? I bet not.
    Out of all the Senators I've ever seen on CSPN...Obama has shown the greatest potential to be a real leader.

    July 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    get a grip girl you need some kind of medication we understand your bitter because hillary lost but no need to slander senator obama and his family JAN SWEETIE TURN OFF FOX NEWS ALREADY WATCH CNN OR MSNBC at least they are fair and balanced not a smearing news cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!obama08

    July 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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