An Overseas View of the American Presidential Election

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Swing states, the Electoral College and "activating the base" have become hot topics of conversation all over the world, as this year's presidential election has sparked international interest as never before. A liberal British newspaper is urging that readers write to undeclared voters in Clark County, Ohio, urging them to vote for John Kerry. Angry responses suggest that the campaign might backfire, but it's a measure of worldwide interest in American politics. One historian calls it "a world election in which the world has no vote." Recent polls show two-thirds of Western Europeans opposed to George Bush, while leaders of Eastern Europe support him. So do Israelis, while Arabs don't like Bush and aren't sure about Kerry. We sample opinions from Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and the Middle East about a US election with far-reaching international consequences.
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Al Jazeera article on Hassan's kidnapping, plea

Guardian article on Hassan

Care International

Bush campaign

Kerry campaign

The Guardian on its Operation Clark County

Duelfer report on Iraq's WMD

9/11 Commission Report

UMD's Program on International Policy Attitudes



Warren Olney