July 16th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 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. Enlightened Voter

    Thanks for being a visionary, what a breath of fresh air unlike your opponent. All mcain can talk about is war, foreign policy and iraq. Anything else and he's lost.

    July 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. rexx

    Wow what an idiot Obama is. Hate to tell you lefties this but you can't put the nukes "back in the bottle".

    July 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Citizen for Boysenberry Jam

    Even Bill Clinton didn't make much headway on nuclear disarmament. Bravo Obama for bringing it up for the first time since Reagan took credit for it...

    July 16, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Jon in WA

    Rid the world of nuclear weapons? Never will happen.

    Push for reductions, signing the Test Ban Treaty, and preventing proliferation? Excellent goals that the current administration has ignored.

    Obamarama '08!

    July 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Brandon Hillary PUMA

    Oh this is rich coming from this empty suit-actually its scary when you really stop drinking the kool aide and think about this man defending our security and national interests. I mean this is a man who has suggested meeting with foreign dictators. Both Hillary and Mc Cain opposed that.
    Now hes going to wave his "fairytale" wand and rid the world of all evil "GIve me a break"

    Mc Cain 2008

    July 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. whiner

    he's right .they are dangerous weapons.republicans think they should each be allowed at least one a piece,as a part of their right to bear arms.

    July 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    well at least he trying more than i can say for john mccain you go obama 08

    July 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Vig

    Give him a threating scenario and he'll "CHANGE" his tune on this issue, like he has on 9 other issues in less than a month. Dump Obama – put a competent leader on the ballot – place Hillary Clinton's name in nomination in August.

    July 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Kenny - Vancouer, BC

    How about we start with the country that possess the second most nuclear weapons and the only one to ever use it.

    July 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Greg

    It's quite the juxtaposition having Obama in front of a podioum with the word "JUDGMENT" on it. Good judgment is just *ONE* area in which Obama falls flat on his face.

    July 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    Yes you do have the "judgment to lead" Senator!

    Obama 08!

    July 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Frank

    This guy is really out of touch with not only Americans, but also with the rest of the world!!!! If he thinks that places like Pakistan, India and soon Iran, will agree to put their nukes away, this guy better wake up. And the American people better wake up before they elect this ignorant nobody nobama to run our country! Or perhaps he really thinks he has God-given powers that will enable him to wave his hands and get all the nukes to disappear! Knowing NObama, perhaps he does believe so!!!!

    July 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. ARB

    no i say its time to rid the world of barack obama!

    July 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    This sounds like the answer of a Miss USA question.
    Q: Miss Illinois, what would you do if you were President?
    A: Why I'd eliminate all nuclear weapons and have world peace.

    How naive is this clown? OK Obama, get Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Israel, Pakistan., India, UK, and France to go first. Good luck with that.

    July 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Yeah ok and Obama is suppose to save the world now, PLEASE!!!

    What happened to his change message? Guess he doesn't need that now since he changed his position on the war in Iraq!!!!

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

    Does this guy ever talk about reality? Pandora took the lid off the box and there is no going back. It's a hoot to read folks calling Obama a visionary. Get real! He's just another politician playing to his base.

    July 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. good!

    Blessed are the Peacemakers – the bible

    July 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    thanks for taking the lead on this Obama....instead of a visionary & preventive approach, McSenile is going for the reactive option: War.........destroy everthing on planet earth & bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

    Barack Obama – a visionary leader.


    July 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Robin Country Club Hills

    Watch. i guarantee you that either Bush or McCain will come out within a few weeks and claim it's time to rid the world of Nuclear weapons. Watch just watch.

    July 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. eric

    Hey Brandon Hillary, Vig, Greg and Frank: what empty suit are you guys talking about? Is it the one that both Bush and McCain are following in their words and actions? The one that even the Prime Minister of Iraq now agrees with? Who knows how much safer we'd be if people like Bush and McCain hadn't been such whiney children giving other "leaders" they didn't like the silent treatment. Meeting with all leaders, regardless of whether we like them or not, is a great idea. So much so that even Bush has started doing it. I don't know what fantasy world you're living in, but Obama has shown 10x the judgement and wisdom on foreign relations than your beloved McCain...let alone any other topic. The only one drinking the kool-aid here are you guys.

    July 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Brandon, because Hillary and McCain opposed meeting with foreign dictators is why they are both losers. Americans want a nation of peace. War is sicking. When I look at the soldiers that have come back from Iraq with no arms or legs, I cry. So, you vote for your
    Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran Idiot! God Bless America!

    Barack Obama 2008
    A Man Of Peace

    July 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. M.S. Indiana

    Brandon Hillary PUMA,
    have a funny note to meet with foreign leaders... Bush just send people to Iran buddy, there are people in north Korea, and we closed down their nuclear weapons project.... Israel are talking with their enemies and trading prisoners...
    just details... and that was what Obama high lighted a year ago...

    July 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Will Michelle be answering that phone at 3am lol heaven help us if that ever happens.....

    July 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. K

    Obama, in a perfect world...yes! We live in an inperfect world and you can't turn back time. Your followers may consider you a "visionary" and you may very well be albeit a very naive one.

    July 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Rocky Michigan

    If he thinks other countries such as China, India and Pakistan will actually do this he more out of touch than even I thought and believe me I thought he was really out of touch. Considering he's from Chicago a pretty rough city he sounds like he dreams of never never land.

    July 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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