Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/07/15/Directors_Forum_with_Senator_Barack_Obama 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama calls for an increased military and diplomatic focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, an area he identifies as the most critical front in the global fight against terrorism. ----- Barack Obama: "A New Strategy for a New World" Senator Barack Obama gives a policy address on Iraq and National Security at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. This program was recorded on July 15, 2008. Barack Hussein Obama (born August 4, 1961), is the junior United States Senator from Illinois. According to the U.S. Senate Historical Office, he is the fifth African American Senator in U.S. history and the only African American currently serving in the U.S. Senate. He is a candidate for the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nomination. He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996. Four years later, he made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Obama won reelection to the state senate in 2002, running unopposed. As early as 2002, he was a critic of the proposed Iraq War, declaring in a television interview that he would have voted against the Iraq Resolution. In 2004, he ran for an open seat in the U.S. Senate. Midway through the campaign, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and became a nationally known political figure. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004 with a landslide 70% of the vote. Obama formally announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007.
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