October 22nd, 2008
12:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: National security and economy connected

Obama talked with reporters Wednesday following a meeting with national security advisers.
Obama talked with reporters Wednesday following a meeting with national security advisers.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that the country needs a leader who "understands the connection between our economy and our strength in the world."

"We often hear about two debates - one on national security and one on the economy - but that is a false distinction.

"We can't afford another president who ignores the fundamentals of our economy while running up record deficits to fight a war without end in Iraq," he told reporters following a meeting on national security policy.

Obama charged that Sen. John McCain would continue "the policies that have put our economy into crisis and endangered our national security."


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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Indiana Joe

    I know these sounds kind of tacky but, he REALLY looks PRESIDENTIAL... Compared to McCain who looks desperate, erratic and frantic... not to mention Palin, who is totally lost in this election. For good judgment and experience, vote Obama/Biden!

    October 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Pat

    Obama gets it!

    October 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Gwen

    rin – you must be high. Go back to filling out ACORN forms.

    October 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Bayani

    Obama charged that Sen. John McCain would continue "the policies that have put our economy into crisis and endangered our national security."
    Although McCain said the same thing 2 weeks ago.
    The change Obama offers is Socialism!

    October 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. John in Ohio

    Obama is exactly right.

    October 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    John McCain proved one thing when he voted for the 'bail out package'
    that was about 20% full of pork. He's not ready to lead. If he can't stand up against what he is against in the Senate, he sure won't be able to do it as President. John McCain says he has proven himself in crisis management. Well, the Package was a crisis situation and McCain sat as a quiet Republican.....stuck his head in the sand. Yet he continues to campaign against pork and those who introduce the bills that contain it.
    He must take Americans as idiots.

    October 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    What I like abuot Obama is, he does his HOMEWORK before he takes a stand, most of the time.

    Obama's judgement and Hillary's economic vision, would bea big PLUS for America.

    October 22, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Bruce WExler

    Can you imagine having a President who has not traveled abroad, and who's knowledge of the world comes from looking out her kitchen window?
    Barack's knowledge of Africa, the time he spent liviing in Indonesia are attributes that a world leader needs. We are living in a shrinking world, which will become smaller and more interdependant in economics and defense!
    America first for sure, but isolationism is a relic.

    October 22, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Andrew

    I'm a little shocked he didn't give 'em the old "There hasen't been a nation in the history of the world that has seen its economy decline and still maintain military superiority" line. I'm pretty sure that one, along with the "McCain wants to use a hatchet and I want to use a scalpel" line with regards to spending, were used in every debate.

    I like Obama, but for someone as 'elloquent' and 'intellectual', he sure does love to recycle.

    October 22, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. BAKERSFIELD

    more of obama past frank marshall davis
    read and you will find out the change obama is talking about

    October 22, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Texas Mom for Obama

    Obama=Presidential; McCain=delusional

    Nov. 4th can't get here fast enough.

    October 22, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Carl

    Not really anything new... Obama has been saying this for years now, and it's really just common sense anyway.

    But, it is refreshing to see a candidate actually stay focused, composed and controlled about issues that matter.

    October 22, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Debbie in Los Angeles

    He is the right person for the executive office!!
    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008!!

    October 22, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Lillie

    Sen. Obama, I'm pulling for you!! And I hope when you visit your grandma, the press will allow you to spend quality time with her.....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 22, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. N7r3pyd

    Obama making an excellent case for McCain.

    Is this news or just a few campiagn ad?

    October 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Voter

    Bush NOR McCain can keep their eye on the ball

    OR multitask

    October 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Go Obama!

    October 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Nuwan Samaranayake

    EXACTLY. He understands it. McCain does not. For McCain, National Security means go around the world and attacking other countries.

    This nation became a global power because of its economy, because of its superior education system, because its ability to innovate in science and technology. US dollar is the standard in currency everywhere in the world. People invest in dollars because of the economic strength of this country. The day we loose that is the day, this country will loose its security in the world. As an immigrant I know this well. People around the world respect American because of its economy, for nothing else. Not for its military power although many thinks it is.

    This man, Obama, understands that very well, while McCain does not. He think we can control the world with our fighter jets bombing everywhere.

    I hope American people will realize it and elect Obama. Otherwise, this country will loose the global position it earned in the world theater last century.

    October 22, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. McCain Supporter

    I'm a young college student and I just feel that I can relate more to Mr. Obama because of his age, ideas and demeanor. He seems like a new age politician that is more suited for the 21st century. I am really taking a second look at this guy. I just might vote for him.

    October 22, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Steve

    Obama idiots are really dumb. He says "change" and he is the savor of the free world, at least until we are all socialists. He makes a statement linking the economy and national security and he is a genius. Senator McCain has said this, any second year college student knows this. These are not great words of wisdom that should be etched in stone. Wake up sheep! You are being lead over a cliff.

    October 22, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. McCain the loser

    Obama wants to stop the war in Iraq and all the needless spending we are currently doing over there, which in turn will save the US taxpayers million of dollars. That money can be put to far greater use here in America. McCain wants to continue to spend money on a false war that was a lie to begin with from Bush and McCain. McCain continues to lie to the American people regarding this issue. But who would expect anything less from McCain, he lies about everything at his rallies. McCain complains that Obama is out spending him, maybe his campaign shouldn't of spent $150,000 for a new wardrobe for Palin and her family. How may middle american out there have ever spent money like that for clothes? Most of us don't spend that much for a house to live in.

    October 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. idiots for McPalin

    McCain did not say this few weeks ago, Obama has been saying this few months ago, this is just a formal meeting explaining this. Anyone still voting for Mccain/Palin are just plain racist idiots! There is no substance in that duo.

    October 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Dawn

    A very true leader He is very posed and Presidental... Like he said lets not get ahead of our self. He explain his plan for our future... but the Republican make fun of that.

    Vote

    Obama/Biden08/12

    October 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. go away mongers- Ventura,CA

    Senator Obama has such sound reasoning- and he knows how to communicate with all the people. He will be a great President!

    October 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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