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. therealist

    Experience terrorists can count on...

    July 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. 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.

    McCain and Bush call Obama an appeaser and irresponsible for saying he wants direct diplomacy with unfriendly countries rather than threats of war. Just yesterday the State Department announces they are sending a top level official to Iran to sit down and have direct talks.

    Who has the judgement?

    July 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Bob, San Fran. Have you read any of the Obama supporter blogs? McSame, McBush, Bush III, McWar, Repugs etc. McCain is respected by MOST of America, whether they plan to vote for him or not. The disrespect shown him and his suppoerters has bred the hatred, just like the similar tactics have made more than 30% of Hillary's supporters say they will vote for McCain or not vote. Meanwhile Obama is described as the second coming, brillaint, and right about everything for the past 2 years. Although how he can be right all the time and still change his positions on Iraq, fISA, NAFTA, etc is a hard trick. Obama has no record and has run nothing in his life. How anyone can say he'd make a competent president is insane.

    July 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. NObama

    Another 30 second spot of fluff that doesn't say anything. He co-sponsored a resolution that suggested the US study ways to increase the monitoring of nuclear weapons. This is all. A co-sponsor of a suggestion to study.

    That may be enough for Obamabots, but it is still the mark of a fool.

    July 16, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. SIMP

    Independent Vet.

    How do you know what's in his book is not true, from the sound of your blog you probably couldn't even read his book. You vets, if that's truly what you are, need to welcome someone that's willing to do something for you, look at your situation now. I can"t wait to see this commerical, I think Obama is on point.

    Go Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. William Courtland, Waterford, ON

    What is the point of advertising?

    The core audience is either the Electoral College or the ad is addressing the public on behalf of congressional districts and the possible democratic candidates running for the people.

    Maybe I think too much and should just become another mindless drone like the rest who have learned to conform in those government institutions of public education.

    July 16, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Desmond Sequeira

    There is no doubt that OBAMA has the enlightened foreign policy leadership that has been sorely lacking in the "Bushed" years.

    July 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Watermann

    I would like to post another comment after reading the previous ones. I am deeply surprised how stupid and simple minded many of the comments are. Don`t they see or realize what the situation regarding terrorism is looking like? Osama Bin Laden will try everything possible to exceed the 9/11 tragedy. This requires an intelligent person in the White House and not someone who forgets tomorrow what he has sad yesterday. I pray that the Americans are not that stupid again to vote for a 5th grade student. BTW, I respect any military service somebody has rendered to his country but that should not automatically qualify someone to be the better President acting as Commander in Chief.

    July 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. DW

    Ken, as you can see Obama DOESN'T NEED HRC on HIS ticket. Obama is doing quit well for himself, thank you. It appears that alot of Hillary supporters are PISSED that Obama is doing quit well on his own. He WILL WIN this election. Watch and see. Obama is no dummy. Stop sleeping on him.

    Go Obama Go!!!!!! We love ya!!!!! Show your stuff!!!!

    July 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. whiner

    i watched his panel discussions today ,on security.those who dont see the leadership ability this man has to tackle problems with serious discussion,rather than just responding to the current NEWS of the day,are simply simple-minded.the man has more intelligence than the combined GOP party.

    July 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. nelson

    Re: Satire on Obama.
    Much has been said on NPR, CNN and other networks about the Barrack-Michelle Satire's place in political life. Many are very offended. But the truer debate should be if the cartoon moves the debate from concerns such as the economy, Medicare, rising oil prices, Iraq war, et al. And if so, was this the foreseeable editorial intent. More, how long should we allow this truer debate to continue?

    July 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. James, Redlands, CA

    WoW- You are clearly clueless.
    Bush has already authorized four forays into Pakistan by American military forces based on actionable intelligence. But you're not going to hear that on Hannity or Limbaugh or FOX.

    Wake up.

    July 16, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Annette

    Since the polls show that a moderate percentage of people don't know Obama, this ad lays a foundation that Obama has spoken of countless times. Some may feel why advertise? Well if you want to be the President of the United States, you need to advertise who you are, what you are and what you are about. HELLO!

    July 16, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Vig

    Mr. Obama has flip-flopped on 9 issues in the last 3 weeks. What's going on here? What kind of leader is this? I don't think he knows what he's doing or talking about. They say his message is two-fold: change and unity. I say it's flip and flop.

    July 16, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. dan

    im sick of seeing people claim to be HRC/McCain supporters. They are POLAR opposites. Everything clinton fights for and wants done, McCain opposes and vice versa. There is no HRC/McCain supporters, there are only HRC supporters/Obama haters

    Its like being a hardcore christain that doesn't believe in jesus. Its impossible.

    July 16, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Bayou Joe

    This man is so incredible that he almost becomes credible. He is everything to everyone. He will single handidly win war against the Islamic Jihadist. He will save our homes from foreclosue. He will clean up our neighborhoods. He will stop crime. He will lower our taxes, disband the IRS and everyone can live happily ever after. once he becomes President all your problems will be solved. Don't you just love this guy. I can't wait till November. to Vote for John McCain.

    July 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Watermann

    I am now trying my third comment.
    To all intelligent Americans and Obama supporters. You know what I am afraid of? Just imagine what happens if any terrorist attack happens before November 4th. Al the simple minded voters will vote for McCain and the world will run into WW 3.

    July 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Obama will bow down in respect to every citizen of the world . . . except U.S. citizens. He believes we are all too stupid to understand the world around us . . . including learning a second language (which is especially ironic because he only speaks one language himself). He thinks we are all clinging to our guns and religions in the remote hills of West Virginia with missing teeth and wearing overalls.

    TO ALL OF HIS "followers": keep in mind that B.H.S. has done nothing . . . NOTHING to earn the most powerful position in the world. And we know practically nothing about this man. Look at his voting record . . . or lack thereof. What does he plan to change? Nobody knows. He talks a big talk, but has no actions to back it up. Yet a lot of people are buying it. Scary. Anybody can stand up and yell for change while constantly repeating "yes, we can". Anybody who is planning to vote for Barack Obama - PLEASE RECONSIDER!

    July 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. rexx

    Obama is a mushy headed Lefty just like the rest of you nut jobs on the Left. This guy has ZERO accomplishments and is a first term flip flopper Senator who is more likely to get this country into more trouble then any President in the last 100 years. He has no real ideas or substance behind any of the "hope" paintbrush and acts like he invented liberalism. Hate to tell you people this but there is nothing new about Obama it is the same old Socialism that has been failing for over 100 years in this world. Debbs would be proud of you.

    July 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Brandon Hillary PUMA

    Where exactly is his record here???????
    What gives him the credentials to discuss national security?
    What a joke.

    Mc Cain08 Hillary 2012.

    July 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Obama is brillant!

    Obama/ Biden

    I say NO, NO, NO to Hillary Clinton.
    Barack if you put Hillary on your ticket
    pick out your suit for your casket.

    July 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    I cant wait to barrack the vote for Bob Barr. Maybe the "Change" we need in this country is from the 2 party dictatorship that we currently have, and not to a socialist country which barrack is taking us, or maybe we dont need to change to the united states of mexico like juan mcamnesty and his buddies at "the race"(la raza) want. Lets all agree to flush the toilet bowl known as congress, and elect people who care about the US CITIZEN the most discriminated voting block in the states these days.

    July 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Bobby Knight

    This man I can follow ... McCain I can not.

    July 16, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. DW

    I agree Doris!!! Obama IS the POTUS of 2009-2016!!!! Hillary supporters are really SCARED Barack is definitely going to be ELECTED POTUS without Hillary. NO NO NO to BILLARY on the ticket with Barack. NOT NEEDED!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Dwight "Hussien" Eisenhower

    The command and control leadership style taught at the US Naval Academy (where McCain was a student 50 YEARS AGO ) is not what we need in 2010.

    Obama's style is what we need.

    July 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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