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Obama On What The Priorities Of Next President Should Be: ‘Wind Down Our War In Iraq’

By Faiz Shakir on March 28, 2007 at 8:35 pm

"Obama On What The Priorities Of Next President Should Be: ‘Wind Down Our War In Iraq’"

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At the New Leadership on Health Care presidential forum this weekend, ThinkProgress asked Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) what his most urgent priorities would be if he were elected President.

“I think we’ve got to wind down the war in Iraq,” Obama said. “I think we’ve got to deal with creating a universal health care system. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got an education system that is actually making our children competitive as we go forward.” And he added we need to “deal with an energy situation where we are sending $800 million/day to some of the most hostile nations on earth and melting the polar ice caps in the process.”

“Those would be areas where I think any president — but certainly an Obama administration — would be focused on,” he said. Watch it:

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We also asked Obama to share his views on the interplay between faith and politics. “It’s important the political process accommodates issues of faith, as long as we’re respectful of separation of church and state [and] as long as we enter into a faith debate with some humility and sense of tolerance for people who have a different notion of faith,” Obama responded.

Transcript:

On the priorities of a possible of an Obama administration:

OBAMA: Well, I think we’ve got to wind down our war in Iraq. It’s extraordinarily difficult if we’re going to be spending $100 billion on the other side of the world and still solve some of the critical problems that we face here.

I think we’ve got to deal with creating a universal health care system. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got an education system that is actually making our children competitive as we go forward.

And it’s going to be critical that we deal with an energy situation where we are sending $800 million/day to some of the most hostile nations on earth and melting the polar ice caps in the process.

So those would be areas where I think any president — but certainly an Obama administration — would be focused on.

On the role of faith in politics:

OBAMA: Faith is a fact of enormous importance for people in this country. And I think that it’s important the political process accommodates issues of faith, as long as we’re respectful of separation of church and state — as long as we enter into a faith debate with some humility and sense of tolerance for people who have a different notion of faith.

And that I think is the kind of respectful conversation that I hope to be able to lead and foster in years and months to come.

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