July 16th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama debuts second national security spot in two days

Obama’s second national security spot this week focuses on loose nukes.

Obama’s second national security spot this week focuses on loose nukes.

(CNN) — Barack Obama has released his second ad with a national security focus in as many days Wednesday, amid a week of events designed to highlight the presumptive Democratic nominee’s credentials on that front.

In the new 30-second spot, “Changing World” – which, like “America’s Leadership” Tuesday, does not mention Iraq and Afghanistan - Obama again highlights his work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to end the smuggling of loose nuclear weapons. The ad debuted on the same day he held a summit on the issue in Indiana, featuring prospective VPs Senator Evan Bayh and former Senator Sam Nunn as panelists.

“Forty years ago it was missile silos and the Cold War,” says the announcer, over images of missiles and other security threats. “Today, it’s cyber attacks…loose nukes…oil money funding terrorism.

“Barack Obama understands our changing world. On the Foreign Relations Committee, he co-sponsored a law to lock down loose nuclear weapons. As president, he’ll rebuild our alliances to take out terrorist networks, and fast-track alternatives so we stop spending billions on oil from hostile nations,” continues the announcer. “New leadership for a changing world.”

The ad will run on national cable starting Thursday.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Rick FL

    Considering the many times Obama has been correct on these matters, I TRUST his judgment on national security far more.

    Obama '08
    Si se puede!

    July 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. George

    NOBAMA will make us Weak!!!!

    July 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    The majority of Obama haters on the Ticker display such anger and ignorance that it baffles me as to why they really hate him so much.

    These folks are the target audience for the disgusting 9-11 billboard ad in Florida (blaming terrorism on Democrats). These people are the target audience for the Oil Industry lobbies who want to convince people that drilling off shore and in Alaska will change the price of gas.

    All the problems are because of latte-sipping liberals, right? Idiots.

    July 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Okay try this......Obama's camp have some real idiots. How's that for leadership?

    July 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Open Your 3rd Eye


    When he takes office you will be shown truths and tellings beyond your capacity of imagination. Alot of dirty secrets will be revealed and your current idea of freedom will be exposed as structured and organized freedom. I am giving you a taste of what you will have to deal with because if you don't wake up until then, your mind and body will experience post tramatic shock. When you realize the bubble we've been in it will simply leave you in aw. But your vision will be forever cleared.


    Presently we've allowed the tricks to make us 2nd guess the truth. GET BACK ON TRACK AMERICA. Stop fighting on these blogs and come together. No more democrat or republican, we are allowing them to label us & categorize us. START MAKING YOUR CHOICE BASED ON HONESTY NOT PARTY.

    July 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Matthew

    We really needed somebody to say "loose nukes are wrong"? Is that where our country is?

    That's shameful. I'm not an Obama supporter- but if he was the first one to say- "Hey, people shouldn't just be able to BUY nukes!" Then, I thank him for educating the American politicians...

    July 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Independant Vet






    July 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. James Hussein, SC

    ginny bell j.b.n.ga.,

    Why don't you search the government for your information insted of a third-party site that gets to say anything they want?

    Jean from Florida July 16th, 2008 2:39 pm ET

    All of a sudden Obama is an authority..

    Yes he IS one of the authority members (Senator). However, he is NOT the expert. Smart authority members use the information provided to them from experts to make sound and wise decisions. It called being informed. Can you say that about McCain?

    July 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Jay


    Forget McCain

    Clinton Democrats for Cynthia McKinney !!!

    July 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Jamaal kansas

    this is how a campaign should be ran Obama and his team are Brillant they are go getters he Knows that he has a Opening and it look like he is taking every opening

    July 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. DEBBY, NJ

    This Man is An Intellect...Always On Point
    Ok McShame, your turn

    July 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    1/2 the democratic primary voters voted for Clinton. Do the right thing, Obama! Make her your VP choice. Do it now and unite the party again.

    July 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Adam

    Obama isnt qualified to run a pizza parlour. He was in the senate only 133 days before forming his exploratory committee'

    Be careful what you wish for bar-ock heads

    July 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Nevada Independant

    Although the current polls show that Americans describe McCain as more trusted on national security, in a few more months time, McCain won't lead Obama on a single issue.
    Obama is running these kinds of ads to raise Americans' awareness about the real national security issues that face our nation and our world.
    McCain is still beating the same ridiculous drum that Bush and company have been beating since 9/11. And, Americans are finally waking up to the reality that this administration has only helped itself and its friends in defense and oil through its phony "war on terror".
    Their efforts in the middle east have only destablized the region further. The country and the world are ready to approach global security with intellegence and diplomacy, not bravado and ignorant arrogance.
    There are real national security issues and I am so glad that Obama is rousing the awareness of people in this country.

    July 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. You Know Who

    I think the country is catching on....Obama is the right man / In the right place / at the right time. What more do we need from a president than his character, charisma, intellect, personality, leadership quality, youth and energy. And don't forget to top this off with good judgement. Obama'08.

    July 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Watermann

    This ad shoes again the clear vision of Senator Obama. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are under control despite of the casualties which are regrettably part of every war. However, regarding terrorist attacks, the mayor threat are all those loose nuclear weapons or biological weapons. Are you not afraid of a much more serious attack compared to 9/11? If I would be an American citizen, I would prefer Barak Obama in the White House rather than John McCain.

    July 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. David from Ohio

    I love the experience argument, particularly from Republicans. John Kerry actually served in Vietnam and was wounded, but somehow Bush had more foreign policy experience. Ronald Reagan had no foreign policy experience, but he's held up by Republicans as successful in that arena. The GOP's message comes down to this–trust us for another 4 years, we'll eventually get it right... Please....

    July 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Democrats Unite & Vote Big

    McCain doesn't own foreign policy. Far from it – Lately it looks like he is in a constant state of very questionable confusion. He's not a balanced-thinking leader. Obama displays more maturity and doesn't have the knee-jerk impulsiveness that McCain has a history of – which is kind of odd, given that McCain is a senior-citizen with about 25 years on Obama.

    July 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Typical White Person

    CNN – the new BET

    What's up with these "Black in America" specials? Isn't black history month over? I don't want to even THINK what CNN would do if a white guy suggested we have a "white history month".

    CNN – Are you going to do a special on being "White in America" or "Asian in America" or "Norwegian in America"?

    No wonder the race divide is getting wider. CNN is doing everything it can to make sure we never stop looking at people based on their color.

    July 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Strom Thurmond ... not

    Did I hear McCain say yesterday that ....

    " I know how to WIN WARS?"

    Please tell me ... what war DID HE EVER Win???

    This is a crock ...

    July 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Rick

    His bearings are truly loose ... see how hard he has to think to grasp the question. He should always have J. Leiberman by his side.

    July 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |

    WOW! I watched Obamas security meeting today, I am so impressed with this man, I cannot wait to have him respresent America when he is abroad in foriegn countries. HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN.......

    July 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. He's special

    Research of Barack Obama's public record shows that he has made no significant impact as either a community organizer, lawyer, state senator, or US senator.

    Why not go for 0 and 5?

    July 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Slider

    That's a nice shoeshine shuffle you do there, Senator Obama.

    Keep dancin' before the tune changes during the debates. We all know how you sound when you have to actually "think".

    Piper's coming, baby.

    July 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. MJ

    As a long time member of the military, I weep for the future if this man is elected.

    The overwhelming majority of the military does not want this man to be the Commander in Chief. He's nieve to no end and doesn't have a clue as to how military operations work or what war and battle is all about. Unfortunately most of his supports can't reply with anything but catch phrases, so I don't expect a reasonable response from any of them.

    July 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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