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

Obama says time to rid world of nuclear weapons

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/16/obama.speech/art.obama2.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. Barack Obama joins in a roundtable discussion on national security Wednesday at Purdue University."]WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday said he wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons and pledged to fight emerging threats posed by biological and cyber-terrorism.

"It's time to send a clear message to the world: America seeks a world with no nuclear weapons," the White House hopeful said.

"As long as nuclear weapons exist, we'll retain a strong deterrent. But we'll make the goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons a central element in our nuclear policy."

The remarks, delivered at Purdue University in Indiana before a roundtable discussion with foreign policy experts, come as the senator from Illinois is preparing for a trip abroad. Obama also is seeking to gain traction on national security issues.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Wisest one of All

    What Hussein Obama really means is:

    Rid the world of nuclear weapons except those being possessed by my fellow Muslim terrorists!

    July 16, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. RJ, CA

    Considering how highly Obamabots regard their chosen one's "judgment," they sure as h- don't know how to SPELL it!

    July 16, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. anne

    The picture on this article shows the sign Judgement, if the type of Judgement that Obama is standing on, it proves that his platform is made of straw and the first wind will blow his house down

    July 16, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Debby, NJ

    Get A Life Republican's & PUMAS
    McShame will come up with a lie about
    what he has been doing for 20-25 years about NUKS
    It's a JUDGEMENT thing

    July 16, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. AT

    As a military officer his Judgement will be extremely refreshing. It is sad that so many empy pant suit who support Bush/McCains WAR will never themselves or their kids fight these Wars. The so called Religious Right are always so wrong and use WAR as a vanity in Gods name, like they did with slaverye etc etc etc!

    July 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. 17 year old future politician

    All for it!!! Sounds alot better than McCains foreign policy plan to put missiles in a country that doesnt exist. Its a shame you call yourself qualified sir.

    July 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Michigan for Obama

    I for one am glad Obama is thinking ahead on national and global security, not to mention thinking ahead on energy, foreign relations, global warming and now global peace and security. McCain thinks like the old man he is-stuck in his ways, unwilling to change or consider new ideas and directions. The world needs to start working together to solve our global problems, and Obama is the candidate to lead this global change.

    July 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. old91A10

    @Magougo "... Obama ... is thinking about how to secure American People"

    It is apparent that you either missed, do not understand, or do not care about the "FISA immunity" capitulation. Do you need other recent examples of Obama's duplicity, or are you O.K. with them?

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid, ...
    are far more dangerous than
    McCain, Pelosi, Reid, ....

    July 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Rob indetroit

    Get a life little willy you loser. the world would be better off with out nukes but the US needs to keep at least 100 nukes.

    July 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Every world leader should be required to go to the Peace Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. While they're in office, not after they've retired. It's mind boggling what they can do to people. All the justification in the world on why we dropped it on people... will never add up to justify what the bomb did.

    July 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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