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Obama Touts Work Securing Loose Nukes in New Ad



By Ed O'Keefe
As Barack Obama gives what his campaign is billing as a "major address" on national security, he will start airing a new ad that promotes his efforts to secure nuclear weapons around the world.

Calling it "the single most important national security threat that we face," Obama speaks with voters in footage first used in some of his primary campaign ads.

"We are a beacon of light around the world. At least that's what we can be again. That's what we should be again," Obama tells the voters.

The senator is also seen visiting nuclear sites in Ukraine with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who is active on the nuclear security issue. The pair traveled to Ukraine in 2005 to inspect weapons storage facilities. They saw "mortar rounds, land mines and artillery shells of all sizes stacked in huge piles and strewn carelessly about," according to a Post op-ed they wrote in late 2005. Lugar and Obama later co-sponsored a bill passed by Congress that led the U.S. to coordinate efforts with other nations to reduce weapon stockpiles and smuggling.

The new ad and Obama's speech come as the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that voters are split on his qualifications to serve as commander in chief.

"America's Leadership" is a 30-second message that will air in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia, according to the campaign.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 15, 2008; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Channel 08  
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