The World Watches Election with Baited Breath

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Undated (AP) The presidential election has an international audience, showing passion and preference.

Recent opinion polls from more than 70 nations favor Barack Obama three-to-one over rival John McCain, in no small part due to the unpopular U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An editorial in the Australian financial review calls Obama the “best hope” for the United States to repair its damaged reputation. The Gulf News in the United Arab Emirates says Obama is the leader to restore the U.S. Image that was sullied by the Bush Administration.

A Japanese coastal town - appropriately named “Obama,” though it translates to “little beach” - has candidate Obama's image on banners. The community plans an Election Day victory party.

Even some in Vietnam, where McCain was a prisoner of war, are leaning toward Obama. A retired soldier says McCain understands Vietnam, but Obama is less hawkish. The soldier cites Obama's opposition to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq.

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