WASHINGTON–The Obama campaign is moving ahead with adding to its team key advisors from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s corral, on Tuesday announcing former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is becoming part of Obama’s “Senior working group on national security.” Also note on the list below of advisors–not all new (Susan Rice has been with Obama from the beginning)–two names mentioned as vice presidential prospects–former Sen. Sam Nunn and former Rep. Tim Roemer. Interesting…Eric Holder—also on the Obama running mate vetting squad–is also a national security advisor.
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Obama Announces Senior Working Group on National Security
Obama to Hold Meetings with Working Group Members and Retired Flag Officers in Washington, DC Today
CHICAGO, IL Senator Obama today announced the formation of his Senior Working Group on National Security, a group of advisors that he will consult on a regular basis between now and the election. Obama will meet with the group for the first time today in Washington, DC for a wide-ranging discussion of the immense challenges faced by the United States in the wake of the disastrous foreign policies of George Bush.
Each individual here today has provided extraordinary service to our nation in the executive branch and Congress. Several have been advising my campaign for some time. Were also honored to be joined by some of Senator Clintons senior advisors. In the months to come, well be reaching out to others, as well as leaders in Congress, Senator Obama said. The stakes in this election could not be higher. John McCain wants to continue George Bush’s foreign policy which has made us less safe, less respected, and less able to lead the world. It’s time to change course. It’s time to end the war in Iraq responsibly, refocus on Afghanistan and al Qaeda, and renew our global leadership so that we can tackle the huge challenges of the 21st century.
Later today, he will also meet with a group of nearly 40 retired Admirals and Generals to discuss the state of our armed forces, and the challenges facing our military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. This meeting is part of an ongoing dialogue between Senator Obama and current and former military officers of various ranks and views.
Senator Obamas Senior Working Group on National Security includes:
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Senator David Boren, former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Secretary of State Warren Christopher
Greg Craig, former director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning
Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig
Representative Lee Hamilton, former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder
Dr. Tony Lake, former National Security Advisor
Senator Sam Nunn, former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Secretary of Defense William Perry
Dr. Susan Rice, former Assistant Secretary of State
Representative Tim Roemer, 9/11 Commissioner
Jim Steinberg, former Deputy National Security Advisor