Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama received the official endorsement of more than 200 former U.S. diplomats in the form of a joint statement signed before his Friday debate with Republican nominee John McCain.
“We are supporting Senator Barack Obama because of his judgment, experience, and ability to inspire people to come together around a common purpose,” the letter said. “Senator Obama’s talents offer an historic opportunity; for the sake of America’s security and standing in the world, we must seize it.”
The letter was signed by officials from both major political parties, including former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, former National Security Adviser Richard Clarke and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.
“As former diplomats, we believe it is past time that we had a President with the judgment and confidence — in himself, our diplomatic corps, and our values — to talk directly to America’s adversaries with due preparation but without preconditions,” the letter said.