Washington, D.C. (October 20, 2008) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition has released a television advertisement which will run for the next two weeks on broadcast and cable television in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada. The total media buy for this ad is in excess of one million dollars.
The ad features a video clip from the July 23, 2007 Democratic primary debate on CNN, in which Senator Barack Obama was asked whether he would "be willing to meet, separately, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea?" Senator Obama replied, "I would."
Asked the same question, Senator Hillary Clinton replied, "I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries. I don't want to be used for propaganda purposes."
The next day, in a telephone interview with the Quad City Times (7/24/2007), Sen. Clinton characterized Sen. Obama's response as "irresponsible and frankly naÃ¯ve."
The ad continues: "Hillary was right. The stakes are too high. Concerned about Barack Obama's naÃ¯ve foreign policy? You should be."
RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks said, "Barack Obama's willingness to sit down unconditionally with the leaders of these five countries is irresponsible and naÃ¯ve. Senator Clinton was right that such meetings would be seen as a propaganda victory for totalitarian regimes which persecute their own citizens, sponsor terrorism, and have attempted to develop devastating nuclear weapons."
Brooks continued, "We are investing considerable resources in getting this message out because we believe that Senator Obama's naÃ¯ve foreign policy thinking raises serious concerns about his judgment. Our country needs experienced, thoughtful leaders to take us safely through the tough times ahead."