August 27, 2007


Ties with India top priority if elected: Obama (Aziz Haniffa, August 27, 2007, rediff)

United States Senator Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, has become the first Presidential candidate to issue a detailed and comprehensive policy paper spelling out his agenda vis-�-vis addressing issues of concern to the Indian-American community and his vision for US-India relations.

Obama also seems to have recovered strongly from the faux pas by his campaign when it circulated a controversial document that disparagingly described his rival Senator Hillary Clinton's Indian links and had the Indian-American community up in arms.

On foreign policy, the new paper said: "Barack Obama is an advocate of strengthening US relations with India, the world's largest democracy and a growing economic power."

It noted that he had voted for the India civilian nuclear cooperation deal in 2006 and has since worked to ensure that the agreement is implemented properly.

The paper said: "Obama also believes that India is a natural strategic partner for America in the 21st century and that the United States should be working with India on a range of critical issues, from preventing terrorism and fostering economic development to promoting peace and stability in Asia."

Apparently he tired of pegging the nitwit meter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2007 8:42 AM
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