The 2008 Presidential primary reached unprecedented proportions with voter turnout for the various candidates. Senators Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton made history in this year’s election with voter turnouts, and being the first African American and woman candidate being nominated for the President of the United States. As a result, Senator Barack Obama was chosen as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the President of the United States. My paper will briefly discuss various facets of Senator Obama’s foreign, economic, and social policies, and how it will influence his run for the President of the United States.
Barack Obama’s chief foreign policy plan is to secure America, and restore America’s standing in the world. His most important foreign policy concern is the war in Iraq. As a candidate for the United States Senate in 2002, Obama opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. At a rally in Des Moines Iowa November 2007, Obama stated, “When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like….” (Obama 08).
Obama’s comprehensive plan for ending the war in Iraq is threefold. His first plan is to begin troop withdrawal from Iraq by removing one to two combat brigades per month which would last 16 months. Second, he plans to pressure Iraq’s leaders for reconciliation by urging the Iraqi government to take responsibility for their future by making it clear that we are leaving. He wants the UN to take a central role in the transition. Third, Obama wants to expand regional diplomacy in the area by including all of Iraq’s neighbors especially Iran and Syria. His goal for this diplomacy is to ensure Iraq’s security.
Barack Obama’s chief economic policy is to strengthen the economy. His ideology for the economy was made mention at a speech in New York...