Obama Discusses New Approach to Foreign Policy at Forum in Portsmouth

Obama, top advisors detail Obama’s foreign policy vision, answer questions from New Hampshire voters

MANCHESTER,NH—As part of his ongoing commitment to open and transparent leadership, Senator Barack Obama hosted a foreign policy forum in Portsmouth yesterday, alongwith top advisors, to share how he will restore America’s leadership in the world. Obama and the panelists took questions from New Hampshire voters and discussed Obama’s specific plans to end the war in Iraq, renew American diplomacy, pursue aggressive diplomacy with Iran, fight terrorism and extremism, reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, and invest in a 21st century military.

"Nowthe American people will have to look at all of the candidates for President and ask who is offering clear answers and clear direction about how to turn the page,” Obama said. “Because when you elect our next President, you will choose someone who will make those judgments on Iraq, and Iran and how to restore America’s standing – and you have to be able to trust that he or she has the judgment to lead."

By continuing to be straightforward and open with the American people, Obama will unite the country behind a new foreign policy based on pragmatism, not ideology. You can learn more about Obama’s new approach at:


The following local and national foreign policy experts joined Senator Obama at the forum:

· Richard Danzig – Former Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton


· Ryan Gray (USMC Ret.) Goffstown, NH resident; served two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps

· Adm. John Hutson (USN Ret.) Bow, NH resident; Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center; former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General and nationally-known expert on detention and interrogation policy

· Tony Lake National Security Advisor to President Clinton

· Samantha Power Pulitzer Prize-winning author and renowned professor of human rights and foreign policy

· Susan Rice Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

· Sarah Sewall – Human rights and military affairs expert


· Gen. Jim Smith (USAF Ret.) Salem, NH resident; retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General

These leading experts support Barack Obama because they know he has the judgment to lead America. Obama opposed the war in Iraq before it began, and he has been open and direct about how he’ll move past the failed Bush-Cheney foreign policies and restore America’s security and standing in the world.