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With four weeks to go before the U.S. presidential election, 200 business leaders, academics and government officials gathered in Chicago this week to launch the Global Midwest Initiative, an effort to examine the “impact on and response of the Midwest to globalization,” according to Marshall Bouton, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Both presidential candidates spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative conference on Thursday. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stressed the need to limit carbon emissions. “To make the great turn away from carbon-emitting fuels, we will need all the inventive genius of which America is capable,” he said. “We will need as well an economy strong enough to support our nation’s great shift toward clean energy.”
Republicans released a draft of their party’s 2008 platform (WashPost) ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention in Minnesota, according to several news reports. The Washington Post says the draft breaks with Sen. John McCain’s proposed policies in several areas.
In a major speech Thursday at Berlin’s Victory Column, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) recounted the historic relationship between the United States and Europe and said the “burdens of global citizenship” will continue to bind the two powers together. A “true partnership” between Europe and the United States will require “sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace,” Obama said. Read more »
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) suspended her candidacy for the Democratic nomination June 7 . Clinton, who had advanced farther than any woman presidential candidate in U.S. history, sought throughout the campaign season to distinguish her foreign policy agenda from that of her main opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).
“We can’t afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake. We are already breaking records with the intensity of our storms, the number of forest fires, and the periods of drought. By 2050, famine could force more than 250 million from their homes. And if we do nothing, sea levels will rise high enough to swallow large portions of every coastal city and town.”