British Prime Minister Gordon Brown seemed to break with tradition by writing an effective endorsement of Barack Obama for US President, or at least his housing policies. In an opinion piece, published on Monday in the Parliamentary Monitor magazine, Brown writes:
Around the world, it is progressive politicians who are grappling with these challenges. In the electrifying US Presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times. To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister peddled backward. To see how,
His office released a statement that said: "The Prime Minister is not endorsing any candidate and never would. Presidential elections are a matter for the American people. The Prime Minister looks forward to working closely with whoever is elected."
Either way many Europeans echo Gordon Brown's praise of Obama. A fresh poll shows that 47 percent of Europeans think an Obama victory would lead to better US-European relations, while only 11 percent think McCain would improve transatlantic relations.
Do you consider a candidate's ability to mend relations with Europe, when deciding how to vote?