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Madeleine Albright In Missouri To Stump For Obama

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was in Columbia, Missouri, Thursday to campaign on behalf of Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. KSMU's Jennifer Moore caught up with her by phone to talk politics--particularly about what role foreign policy is playing in the election.

Albright said she believes Obama understands what the 21st century is about, and that he has foreign policy experience in the Senate from his work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

She also said his life story, and his understanding of how other people in the world live and view the United States are additional strong points.

Albright said one fundamental aspect of Obama's foreign policy platform is that he understands the issues requiring the United States to work with other countries: energy, the environment, nuclear proliferation, and how to fight terrorism without creating more terrorists.

Regarding Sarah Palin, the former Secretary of State said she's glad to see a woman on the Republican presidential ticket, but for her, it's never a question of gender, but rather of agenda. She says she does not agree with Governor Palin's agenda.

Lastly, Albright confirmed over the phone that she was indeed wearing her signature brooch...on this particular day it was a "fabulous bug" pin.

Albright served as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2000. She is currently a professor at Georgetown University and an advisor to the Obama campaign.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.