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Ad Exaggerates Obama's Credentials

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    Sen. Barack Obama claims in a new campaign ad to have “reached out” to Republicans in Congress to launch a major new program to “lock down loose nuclear weapons,” when in fact the legislation he helped pass authorized the Bush administration to maintain and expand an initiative pioneered by John Bolton to help foreign countries stop shipments of weapons of mass destruction components from reaching rogue states such as Iran.

    In the campaign ad, titled “America’s Leadership,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says, “The single most important national security threat we face is the threat of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. What I did was reach out to Senator Dick Lugar, Republican, to help lock down loose nuclear weapons.”

    An on-screen caption provides the details. “On the Foreign Relations Committee, Obama Passed a Law . . . To Keep Nuclear Weapons Out Of Terrorists’ Hands.”

    However, the bill mentioned in the ad — Public Law 109-472, signed into law by President Bush on Jan. 11, 2007 — was introduced by Lugar in late September 2006 without co-sponsors and not as a result of Lugar’s discussions with Obama and was voted out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee without a hearing.


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    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    More dishonorable campaigning from Obama
     
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