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McCain Backer Lugar Doesn't Mind the Mention in New Obama Ad

By Paul Kane
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is not protesting a new ad by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) touting their work together on international security issues, calling the ad an "accurate" description of his work with the Illinois senator in 2005.

Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, unveiled a new ad today boasting of his work with Lugar, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee since 2003, to try to secure nuclear weapons in former Soviet bloc nations, a theme that Obama also raised in a key foreign policy speech today, again mentioning Lugar by name.

While pictures of the two senators roll across the screen, Obama says, in the 30-second ad: "What I did was reach out to Sen. Dick Lugar, a Republican, to help lock down loose nuclear weapons. We have to lead the entire world to reduce that threat."

Asked about the ad today at a press conference on relations with Pakistan, Lugar said he would make "no attempt ... to censor" the advertisement and would not ask Obama to take down the ad.

"I am pleased we had the chance to work together," he said, recounting their 2005 trip to international hot spots such as Ukraine and Azerbaijan.

Lugar and Obama ultimately won passage of nonproliferation legislation and have since been trying to secure funding for the measure.

No one, however, should get the idea that Lugar -- a supporter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- is about to endorse Obama or be a part of the parlor game of guessing who Obama will select as his vice presidential running mate. "There's no chance that I will," he said.

Another potential running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chairman of Foreign Relations, offered fake shock that Lugar was the subject of the new Obama ads.

"Not me?" Biden asked.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 15, 2008; 1:10 PM ET
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I just wish we could get a law passed which forces presidential candidates to list their campaign platform on hard copy, and then force them to issue public statements

Posted by: Curtis | July 15, 2008 2:32 PM
Be careful what you ask for because the Obama campaign purged its website of statements citing Barack Obama's opposition to the surge.

I too wish candidates would speak out more specifically on their own on what they actually believe because website information can be changed with the click of a mouse.

That is why I am somewhat skeptical of posts where the writer responds by providing a link to his or her candidates website for his detailed plan on (fill in the blank)

The detailed plan can change at any time as polls dictate.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 16, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

That was 2005 when that happened long before anyone dreamed that Barack Obama would be a presidential candidate so soon. If this were happening today, Senator Richard Lugar would see that he was being used as a prop to give Obama the appearance of being bi-partisan and would decline forcing Obama to seek a less respected Republican such as Chuck Hagel.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 16, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Ole man McWar, can't wait to push that button,with his shaky bomb fingers,Sen.McDonKnots!

Posted by: Help | July 15, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What does any good commander and chief do but listen to his advisers and make decisions based upon a set of conditions which are not always militarily related. Presidents are not kings but Bush and the new tyrants of the right have tried to change that fact. I like the idea that Obama admired Reagan because he knows Reagan was smart and humble enough to makeup for his deficiencies by surrounding himself with smart people, which is what Obama has done. All these people worried about Obama's alleged lack of experience forget it was the arrogant presumption of experience that got into this war, which to date, has cost over 4,000 American lives. It is unfortunate the Republican Party is providing the public with standards to judge Obama by which they are not applying to themselves

Posted by: Curtis | July 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need... another military man to lead this country...NOT! COlin Powell is a sharp fellow but no politician...and last time I looked...a republican.

Obama is the man for the job. Good ticket:

OBAMA and anybody but Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not hae a clue on foreign affairs; he has people telling him what to say, when to say it, (all written out or on notes), how to say it, and where to go and when. He's going overseas like a rock star and a rock star we do not need in the White House. I for one do not think any American knows what he going on in his mind. I am very afraid of this man and what he might do to our country if elected. Why, oh, why did not the Democrats get Colin Powell instead of this liar.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is also traveling to the Middle East with Chuck Hagel (R) and may be considering him for VP. Obama has worked on a lot across party lines. He is not a liberal ideologue and can put forward cogent and nuanced policies. Just read his speech from today.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | July 15, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Dick Lugar a Muslim? (Shhhh)

Posted by: InfoMan | July 15, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Lugar is a first class, stand-up guy to not change his support of an issue for political expedience. Says something about McCain as well - that he is not insisting Lugar do it, either.

Maybe in this election will be more circumspect and less confrontational - wouldn't that be nice!

Posted by: Daddio on the Padduio | July 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I just wish we could get a law passed which forces presidential candidates to list their campaign platform on hard copy, and then force them to issue public statements when they are achieved, changed or abandoned because only then could we know how to judge a politician other than just through the incomplete and inaccurate information that parceled to the public. I admit I am a Obama supporter but I would honestly like to know from the McCain supporters if their support for him is based more upon what they know as matter witnessed fact and is what they know about Obama a matter of witnessed fact and if not, why is there a difference in the burden of proof as to their conclusions about Senator McCain and Senator Obama. Obama has been a good citizen, a good neighbor a good father and an involved activist, willing to dedicate his life to what he thinks is best regardless if he is "Wright, or wrong", can we not agree that he has at least earned the right to at least run for president.

Posted by: Curtis | July 15, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I have the utmost respect for Senator McCain. However he does not know technology and Obama does. We need someone who can take us into the next century. Technology rules the world.

Posted by: Danny | July 15, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yep, what a divisive issue. Is this news?It wouldn't have surprised me if a Senator from an opposing party did complain about being mentioned in an ad for something as simple as nuclear control, so at least there's something when Dick Lugar said "yep, I did that, so what?"

Posted by: Josh J. | July 15, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a divisive issue. Securing rogue nuclear weapons. I am simply astounded that Obama was able to work across the aisle on such a politically sensitive topic...

Posted by: Phil | July 15, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Let him boast, boast, boast.

Posted by: imagination | July 15, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

WP Editors: Please be aware of new technology wars going on.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Richard Lugar isn't like McCain and Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

You will never beat down the middle East. You're a dreamer of free oil. Clear out of Iraq and just possibly we will get relief.

Posted by: justadad55+ | July 15, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

There you go Obama-haters, a big 2005 example of bipartisanship from Obama. When was McCain's last significant example of bipartisanship, 2001 or maybe 2002?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 15, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Another potential running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.)" . . .

Another? So who was the first? Lugar is a Republican supporting John McCain, not a potential Obama running mate!

Posted by: Paul S. | July 15, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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