Obama on New START Treaty
November 18th, 2010
12:43 PM ET

Obama on New START Treaty

Delivered in the Roosevelt Room

THE PRESIDENT: I want to begin by thanking the incredible leaders who are around this table, not only the Vice President and the Secretary of State, but also some of the most able statesmen from both parties that we’ve had in modern American history who are sitting around this table.

We are here to discuss the importance of ratifying the START treaty. And let me be clear: It is in the national security imperative - it is a national security imperative that the United States ratify the New START treaty this year.
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November 18th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Poll: 73% say US should vote in favor of nuke treaty with Russia

CNN/OPINION RESEARCH CORPORATION POLL taken November 11-14

Should Senate Ratify Nuclear Treaty with Russia?

Yes 73%
No 23%
Sampling error: +/-3% pts

QUESTION: As you may know, President Obama and the President of Russia recently signed a treaty to reduce the number of nuclear weapons of each country, but the treaty will not take effect until the U.S. Senate votes in favor of it. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not vote in favor of that treaty?

Gibbs vows White House will have votes on START
November 17th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Gibbs vows White House will have votes on START

Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs vowed Wednesday that President Obama will have the votes to get an arms control treaty ratified during the lame duck session of Congress, despite a top Republican Senator's insistence that it be delayed until next year.

The time frame is crucial because if there is a delay for the treaty, which needs 67 votes for passage, a new Senate with a slimmer Democratic majority will be sworn in come January. In that case Obama would suddenly need to line up seven more Republican votes from GOP freshmen who are generally very skeptical of both the Obama administration's foreign policy in general and the treaty in particular.
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