February 5th, 2008
06:10 PM ET

Why is world captivated by ’08 race?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/05/art.japan.ap.jpg caption=" A TV showing Barak Obama speaking at a presidential primary rally at a Tokyo electronics store. The Japanese on screen reads: Hillary vs. Obama, the 2nd match is a very tight battle."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush is in search of a legacy. How about this? He may be the reason there is unprecedented interest around the world in this year's U.S. presidential election. After his 8 years in the White House, people around the globe are seizing on this election's theme of "change."

Experts say that America's image is on the line. People overseas want someone who can "restore faith" in the U.S., along with our legitimacy overseas. They're hoping the next president will be someone they can work with, which would indeed be as switch.

Of all the candidates, Barack Obama is generating a lot of the buzz abroad. Some Germans are calling him "the black JFK." Many Africans also like Obama, whose father was Kenyan.

In Japan, the media are closely following both Obama and Hillary Clinton, pointing out that either candidate could make history. Israelis seem to prefer Clinton, because of her experience and her husband's relationship with the Jewish State. And a lot of Europeans – who are nostalgic for Bill Clinton's presidency – support Hillary as well.

When it comes to the Republicans, the Europeans aren't nearly as excited about them. They view Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee as too religious and think John McCain as too old.

Russian leaders, however, like the idea of another Republican president – as long as it's not McCain, who's been very critical of their president Vladimir Putin. And, an Iraqi political analyst suggests a Republican president will be more committed to Iraq.

Here’s my question to you: Why is there so much interest around the world in the U.S. presidential race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Garrison writes:
The world is more interested in the presidential race because we've increased our interest in the world. We've mucked around so much in other countries' business that the outcomes of our elections have a direct bearing on their own futures. We need to take off our knee-high mucking-around boots and start paying more attention to our own fiscal backyards.

Phillip from Germany writes:
Hi, in my European opinion, the people around the world are so interested in this year’s presidential race because they want a change in the U.S. Most Europeans are against the politics of Mr. Bush and they are against the politics of the war.

Brendan writes:
Our standing in the world is shaken. The world is looking to us to elect a president that can restore the once great view of America and the American people.

Gabriel writes:
As a Canadian, I feel my attention drawn to this election because I've seen how George Bush has not only crippled the States but ruined relations with Canada in so many ways.

David in Malta, Europe writes:
I come from a very small country and most Maltese are living this election as if it is happening over here. America defines what happens around us, directly or indirectly. Democrats speak to the world, I'm afraid Republicans fight it!

Judy writes:
Because the world wants to see if we are brave enough to elect a female president like other parts of the world have. It is certainly time! Look at Lady Thatcher! There is also Germany led by a female, and of course there are others. Why not us?

Arlene writes:
The world is captivated by the '08 race because it is a circus, and everyone loves a circus.

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. W B in Las Vegas

    because Clinton or Obama = World PEACE while McCain = World WAR

    February 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  2. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Look @ the ripple effect that this administrations actionhas caused,the way it has affected not just americans but our collegues around the world. They want change,just as the americans do. We can't handle 4 more years of this administrations policies, let alone 8 years of this.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  3. Ralph from New York

    Jack, so many are interested in the race waiting to see of there may be a true change from the politics we have endured all these years. Will the United States look to its own needs or keep trying to be the policemen of the world: will we keep shelling out money and losing our men in a war that's not our business, or should be bring our forces home and use the money and see their efforts focused on our domestic needs. If we must send troops overseas, let them deal with terrorism and those who support it.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  4. Alan

    Nearly eight years of George W. Bush making America safer destabilized large swaths of the rest of the world. They want to know if his potential successors plan to tamper as much in their backyards.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Kirk

    Three words: George W. Bush! This man has been the worst thing to happen to this country ever. In 7 years he has shattered the reputation of the United States with the world. He has shown himself to be the buffoon he has always been. The world is watching this election with more interest because of the hopefull change in our governmental approach to problems and issues here at home and around the world. They are watching as well because for the first time in our history, a woman and a black man stand a very good chance of becoming President of the United States.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  6. Allen L Wenger

    This election will let the world know how we are going to lead into the future. Are we going to be a partner that treats other countries with respect and helps them over come problems that are common to all countries? or are we going to be the world dictator, who will not permit any other point of view? Will we continue to invade countries, destroy their infrastucture, secretly imprison their citizens, and torture whoever we want.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  7. Rupert Williams

    The world is interested because history will be made. From the Democratic; a female or a black male. From the Republican a Morman. No matter what all the candidates state; what can be done on how the world will accept them. Who ever wins; I hope they can respectabilty for the position and the country.

    Beaufort, SC

    February 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  8. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    After 7 years of Bush/Cheney and the hate and destruction they have wrought,the world is wondering who we will come up with next. The United States is now in such a mess and the world is so unstable we need a leader who can offer a fig leaf and cooperation if we have any hope at all of rising up in world stature. Bush/Cheney will go down in history as one of the inept and corrupt governments in world history.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  9. Michael "C" in Lorton, VA

    We are the greatest "power in the world" and the global community is very concerned who will be leading America in the days to come. Civilizations are changing and the world is re-shaping and this presidental election will have a tremendous impact, whether directly or indirectly, on the world. The field of candidates are very diversified; an African American; a woman; an Evangelicist; a war hero; etc. Like Kennedy stated, "change is in the air," and change is need if America is to grow. Without change, their is no growth....America wants change; here is her opportunity...the question is....does America have the courage to vote it or remain in the "status quo." TIme will tell.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  10. Waltie

    Dear Jack,

    With the current admin's gross lack of leadership, the lies on top of lies, all the half truths being spun, the way the country is being run in general, no wonder the population of the world is looking in on this election. I believe that the "World" wants us to rid ourselves of the cesspool that is in DC. Most of all the blogs that I have read from the world over here on line, Obama is the most favored to get this country out of it's present mess. Clinton, will only add to it, as most have said and is part of the problem. I hope the voters in this country, do not elect anyone because there a woman or a man of color. It makes no difference, but the must do a good job. That, is the real issue here, they must, do, a, good, job to correcting the previous eight years of corruption.

    The "World" can not be all wrong.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  11. Brett Milam

    The world is sick of Bush. And you know who has the most meet-up groups around the world? Ron Paul. The world wants his message of peace. I want his message of peace.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  12. Terry North Carolina

    The world has become captivated with this election because of the fine coverage by CNN. and the best political team with Wolf Blitzer and his cast of thousands.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  13. Greg from PA

    Could it be because we are the world's only superpower? Perhaps it's because what happens in our economy is magnified in economies throughout the world. No. It's because our election resembles a car wreck and everybody wants to slow down and gawk at us.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  14. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    This one's real easy. They want to see if people, you notice I didn't say myself, are going to screw up again. It was bad enough that Bush was elected to begin with, yet alone re-elected. Many learned that lesson way too late.

    If you vote for Clinton or Obama you will have more of the same, ignoring the will of the people. We do not need anybody representing us with that attitude.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  15. Georges

    As an ex-soldier who served in Korea and recently in Iraq, I can tell you that a lot of countries see the US as a belligerent or invaders forcing others to accept the so call FREEDOM. Why do you think countries like France, Germany, Russia and so on refused to take part of this war? They see us as a country that violated and continue to violate our own constitution, not doing what we are preaching. Also, by looking at our policy towards Isael compare to the Palestinians, they see us as unfair. Therefore, they look forward for a new US president who would bring changes. By the way, I feel disgusted for serving in the military just because everybody drops the ball. We let the world sees the way we treat our soldiers, how we don't even take care of them. I would like to say more, but i would like bush and the congress to hear it.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  16. Joy

    Not only has Bush proven to be the WORST president our nation has ever known, the whole world dislikes him, and like us, the world is waiting to see who our future leader will be and can they bring peace and work with foreign leaders around the world. If either Obama or Clinton win we can change this nation and regain friends from around the world. If McCain wins, the Bush policies will stay in place.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  17. Josie

    Jack, it's obvious that the people want to see who we replace Bush with !

    February 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  18. R Bennett

    The Bush administration polarized most of the favorable opinion around the world after the US invasion of Iraq. Now the world realizes that a decision in Washington does affect the rest of the world for generations to come.

    In a way the long term effect may end up being favorable towards the democratic process in the USA no matter how stupid the presidential elections gets.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  19. Mary

    Jack, Other Nations have had a belly full of Bush and his cronies, so have the American people. We need a good experienced person who has traveled to other Nations and understands that we need to get along with other people in the world and not say "You are with us or against us," plus start wars. The American people are tired of Bush's wars for OIL and we want our tax money to be spent in this country, not in wars to make Haliburton, Blackwater, and other Bush cronies richer.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  20. Stephen

    With the last eight years in mind, I'm pretty sure they are hoping we
    have learned something and won't repeat the fiasco. They used to look up
    to us and now they are looking out for us.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  21. Wayne

    Interested because at no other time in history has there been such an urgent need to have a U. S. President be replaced. January 2009 cannot get here soon enough!

    February 5, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  22. Karen

    American politics is like American football. People love to watch the commercials at the superbowl. People like to watch our voting process because the American people are the commercial in the football game of govt. Entertaining, but no effect on the game.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  23. Judy

    As Bush tries to convince us, the unwashed masses, that he was a great president, we see him for what he is, a wreakless guy desperately trying to save his legacy and make history in some fashion. This election is critical to the world, not just to americans. If we elect another buckaroo with wealthy Washington insider parents, or one who thinks that war is the answer, then it's a global price that will be paid. This election is crucial to the world peace and economy, they know it and so do we.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  24. Rex in Portland

    It isn't.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  25. Gigi

    The fact that a woman is in the running is old hat to most countries, so it has to be that America is actually thinking of electing a black man. Maybe it also means that they are interested in the fact that we are moving away from the horrible mess that Bush has put us and the rest of the world in.
    January 20th cannot come too soon for me. I will be glad to see the last of George Bush and company..

    February 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  26. Ed Reed

    Because the United States has been the world's leader for the last 60 years. Sadly, we are now viewed by most of the world as one of the most dangerous countries at a time when we need their help combatting terrorism. That is why it is so important that we restore America's honor, respect, and moral authority in the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  27. Patricia

    Jack, if the world is captivated by this election, it's probably because they are afraid we are going to elect another "nut case" like George Bush. And they should be afraid, John McCain wants to figure out how to leave troops in Iraq for 100 years, he wants to follow Bush's plan to start a war with Iran, & with the way our economy is going we may be so broke we'll let the Communist Chinese plant a flag over the White House & Capitol just to get out of debt. Believe me the world sees what a disaster the Republicans have made of this Nation for the last 8 years & they have got be praying we don't let a Republican win another 4 years in the White House.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  28. Jim from PA

    The world is captivated simply because America is showing change. For over 200 years a white male has been president. Now all of a sudden the two Dem. front-runners are a women and an African-American. America is breaking from its traditional mold and it is interesting to the rest of the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  29. Eli

    As America goes, the World goes. Just look at the current situation. It is in deep mess.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  30. steve odziemek

    The most understanding answer my heart says is "Party", not to what person will reside in our White House. It's all about flipping off the jerks that will be leaving the White House. Remember ORGE is a part of George.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  31. David A. Morse, Stoneham, MA

    Because the world is concerned with the state of relations with the USA. They are sick and tire of being treated like their opinions matter. Like they are children and must either do as we say or shut up. Like it either our way or the highway.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  32. Ashlee

    The media takes our presidential elections and puts it up there with the best of the night time dramas airing on televisions across the world. Who wouldn't find the twists, turns, and drama of our election coverage entertaining?

    February 5, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  33. Stefan

    I'm from Germany and my answer is: Because everybody wants which person steps in the foodsteps of Geroge W. Bush. Will it be a women (with the name H. Clinton) for the first time, get the Unitedf States of America a black president (with the name B. Obama) or somebody else.
    P. S.: Please tell Wolf Blitzer that for his CNN INTERNATIONAL viewers: CNN TODAY Is next live from Hong Kong, CHINA (exepted fridays: it's World News from CNN Center and Super Tuesday it's Special Election Coverage).
    Thank You!

    February 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  34. Victor

    Jack, I've talked to some friends I have in England about why they are so fascinated by our election, and their answer was simply that it's so exciting compared to their own elections! And I quote "We got our new prime minister crowned last year, and nobody batted an eyelid!" -Victor, CA

    February 5, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  35. William

    Every country is eager to learn who is going to be president for one of two reasons. They want to know how to position theirselves to maximize the billions given away in US foreign aid or to figure how far they can go before a US invasion occurs. Few realize that all the other countries care about is American dollars or American bullets. When will the rest of the US citizens wake up and stop this major drain on our country?

    February 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  36. Jenny from New York

    America is a "superpower" and therefore its leader is very important. People around the world have seen if not literally felt the effects of the current president. The next president will say a lot about how Americans WANT to be seen by the rest of the world and so the world is watching.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  37. Bill from St. Cloud, FL

    What the world community thinks is of little importance to me. However, this election could produce an historic result. Gender and race aside, I hope we elect a candidate who will serve America first; we need to get back on track economically, develop sound domestic policies and foster productive relationships with our global neighbors. We do need to put an end to providing security for the entire world – they love us – briefly – and then love to hate us.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  38. Annie

    They're just waiting to see if we're all as stupid as they think we are, using our last presidential election as the shining example.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  39. Dennis

    Perhaps it is the speed at which we are able to communicate our ideas/ideals now. The United States is really good at advertizing.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  40. Jim Bloom

    They want someone else, anyone else. At some point we have to understand that soverign nations have their own interests. The whole "my way or the highway" "us versus them" cowboy way has ruined our relations around the world. It is time to work with nations and gain allies for our mutual interests.

    Chicago, IL

    February 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  41. Debra

    They want to see if we'll make the same mistake again!
    Really! What we do affects the world, and vice versa in this global economy...definition: what one nation does affects all, like global warming....
    We are all in this mess together, and it's time the US wakes up to what the rest of the world knows.....

    February 5, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  42. mike studders

    well most people are as tired of bush as we are..it's interesting that the russians want the republicans to win, i suspect the chinese do too. we have been at our nastiest for the last seven plus years and they look better in comparison and we have pretty much destroyed our countries industrial base,we are weaker,more divided and greedy..the world is watching to see if we continue this course. so am i.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  43. Caryl

    Because the world wantS to know if we FINALLY GET IT ! Wev'e had over 200 years of MEN running the show and look at the mess we are in. The world wants to know how a significant CHANGE will affect us. How bad could it be? Wev'e e had wars, inflation, deflation, stock market crashes, unemployment, a great depression, sickness', famine, pestilence etc. Now, all that was over a period of years, right? So, with the state our nation is in now, how can we not at least try a CHANGE? It would only be for 4 years. AND, there's always imp---t if it didn't work out. RIGHT ? RIGHT. NOW GO VOTE !

    February 5, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  44. Will K

    A number of other nations have had their citizens killed because they were dragged into a war our President started. Many more are looking at financial institutions in their own countries that are being damaged by the fallout from the sub-prime mortgage fiasco that our government encouraged.

    The world is far more connected and interdependent then ever before, and much of it would really like us to get our act together.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  45. koolkat

    Ahh very simple Jack there all hoping we don't elect another moron like Bush.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  46. James

    Because Bush has practiced wild west politics at every corner of the globe for seven years and it would be completely close minded of us to think that Americans are the only ones who are fed up. The world isn't watching because they care about American history, they want what we want and that is an end to George Bush's reign.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  47. john

    Hi Jack
    Well the last eight years got alot of attention. Plainly speaking the world is scared of whats to come. I would like to think things can change, but boy i don't know, this time change needs to come or we are all in big trouble.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  48. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Because the world is holding it’s breath to see if they are going to be drawn into WWIII or if we will finally neuter the terrorists by dealing with them intelligently rather than attacking the wrong countries.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  49. joe m

    the simple fact is this is a trully historic election, and not simply because the leading candidates for the democrats are a woman and someone of mixed race, while the republicans are seeing a candidate emerge who is not the darling of the conservative wing. this is historic because for the first time the field is completely wide open. additionally, the world is probably wondering if this country has the ability to move beyond its own biases and demonstrate that they can practice what they preach.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  50. Dennis

    The United States is the favorite child of the World. We take up the most energy and everyone wants to make sure we grow up right. Along our path we may stumble but no one wants to see us fall. If we fail, at what it is we focus our energy on, then the rest of the World looses an investment. An investment that represents the belief that given a chance we can all succeed should we choose to. That can not take place anywhere else in the World besides the United States. We've essentially created a fantasy land that dreams are made of. How much of that do you want to change?
    Go back to watching American Idol

    February 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  51. John T. Lucas

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Of course there is great interest because of the presence of a fine woman and black man in the presidential race. But that is, in my opinion, not the greatest reason. We "others" in the world are sick to death of George Bush and consider him to be a world-class fool, war-monger, destroyer of his own economy, affecting the rest of the world negatively, and an affectless, deceitful bully.

    We will breathe a collective sigh of relief when he and his gang of thugs are shuffled off the world scene before he destroys us all.

    John Lucas

    Victoria, Canada

    February 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  52. Dennis

    Their are female leaders in Europe and Black leaders in Africa: perhaps the rest of the World is interested in wether or not we're ready to catch up with them.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  53. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Barack Obama has energized the World as he has so many Americans. America is perceived to be arrogant, aggressive, meddling and wants to control the world and people don't want the same.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  54. Richard Sternagel

    Because Senator Barack Obama crystals the American Dream both here and abroad!European allies look with pleasure at prospect of having a open US President who willing to hear their concerns! Go Obama!

    February 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  55. Eugene in NorCal

    Jack, the world is watching our presidential race and hoping we don't elect another idiot. Our nation desperately needs a change in direction and the world is hoping our next president will bring just that. Our national reputation, during this election is at stake and this will be one, of the most important elections, in our nation's history. Perhaps some of the foreigners watching the race can explain the presidential primary process, to me.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  56. Julia

    Foreign relations are a mess due to Bush and the gang. They've screwed over the citizens of their own country and lied this nation and their allies into a senseless war. This is why the world is enthralled with this election, Jack. They are hoping for a saviour.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  57. Peter

    Because it isn't just Americans that like cheesy Reality TV with bad actors.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  58. Michael Weber

    This country has an impact far beyond our size in the world because we have always been seen as a stabilizer. We shed our blood for the rights of others, i.e.WWII. Whether you hate us or love us we effect a lot of peoples lives. We elected a putz and the world went into crisis mode because he had an ego bigger than his abilities and mental capacity. We cannot afford to make another mistake like that.

    Mike from MN

    February 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  59. Christine from California

    Even Forrest Gump was right – "Stupid is as Stupid does" – Because Bush ruined this country and our standing in the world. My cousins in Greece call him "Bush the Killer". I'm sure that much of the world is hoping we're not so stupid again. And, my family doesn't appreciate our waging a needless war 1 time zone away from them. (not to mention our pandering to Turkey because of Iraq) They hope for Obama or Clinton, not "the party of Bush the Killer".

    February 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  60. Jay

    The world is interested because King George showed them all how much the folks in the White House can affect/destroy their own lives half a world away. Everyone on Earth should be concerned about who gets control of the worlds' most powerful military and economy.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  61. Hagar - Webster, MA

    America is a world superpower nation. How and who we elect is going to be responsible for foreign relations and plays an important role in world economy. Our allies as well as our adversaries are very intersted in the election outcome as it will dictate who we our and how we are accepted or rejected around the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  62. Ron Margheim

    Plain and simple, the majority of the World, this includes the good ole USA, has a great dislike of George W. Bush! Most everyone is hoping for a new President who has values of hope and compassion, not profits and power!

    February 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  63. Russ in PA

    The rest of the world is tired of the USA, the policies of many of the last decades, and the hypocrisies that have gone with those policies. Ron Paul holds the best hope both for the US, and other countries that desire a thoughtful, responsible USA.

    February 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  64. Wise Merlin

    This is an easy one Jack. For the LAST SEVEN YEARS, our President has been scaring the "Jehova, beJesus, Allah, and Budda" out of those in every country (including those in this country) in the world with irratic, insane, greedmongering, powerplays (Axies of Evil, enemy combatants, enemy conspiracies, destruction of countries, multi-hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian deaths) that threaten the very survival of the human race, while ignoring the REAL threatening persons and governments (Bin Laden, Darfur, Sudan, Saudia Arabia, Kenya).

    February 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  65. Ruth McInerney

    Everybody likes a good comedy!

    February 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  66. Sam3dogs

    Jack, first of all George has made us both the most hated and yet most laughed at nation on the planet. He has ruined in 8 years what it took 42 other Presidents and 234 years to achieve. Our standing in the world, our economic might, our military strength, our competitive power, our industrial base, has all been compromised by this idiot and his subordinates.

    The rest of mankind has all eyes on us for several reasons. A.) Al Quida wants another Bushie, (McCain), because we've been playing right into their hands since 911and he will continue our ridiculous foriegn policy. B.) Many countries are worried that Bush will escalate his military goals and they are just flat scared. C.) Most countries are currently scanning and paying close attention to how weak America has become, so they can exploit us and take advantage of our current situation. D.) The outcome of this election may well determine whether or not America remains the world's foremost superpower and that interests all. I would hate to think that we end up being looked at in the same regard as the India's, Brazil's, or any other 2nd tier country in the world. That's something no one in this country has ever had to experience and just look at how people who live in those countries make out. Scary isn't it?

    February 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  67. Jerry

    They are probably saying a prayer, hoping that we don't elect another bimbo like Bush. You could also add the Governor of Florida in there also since his stupid move to change the primary date in Florida has left us without a single vote that counts in the race for the democratic nominee.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  68. Jonathan Wolf

    The current administration has proven to be a complete failure, and we are seeing the price. We The People want to make sure this does not happen again. Quite simply.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  69. Denise Brown

    After 8 years of negativity, over-aggression and self-interests that has been inflicted abroad by the current administration; the World is waiting for the opportunity to engage an American president who is willing to sit down and have a meeting of the minds, engage in true discourse and dialogue and to simple LEAD! There is a desperate need for a refreshing presidency that will bring back respect and legitmacy of the American people withou any past baggage. Obama is that Person!

    February 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  70. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    Beacuse the world moves the way the USA moves.People hate that idea,and there is no formal colonial structure in place,but as the USA drives the world economy which in turn drives power.The rest of the world literally lives or dies depending on what happens in the USA.And your Presidential election is the most watched in the world because who gets elected dictates how governments,dictators,terrorists,etc behave.Elect the weak and inexperienced and things go wrong all over.Elect the strong and experienced and the bad guys get cautious.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  71. Kevin

    As a french student I'm really interested and involved in these elections. The President of the United States is powerful and the issues, especially in foreign policy, concern everyone in the world. I think people are tired of Bush policy and are expecting change.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  72. Miriam

    The world just wants to see how badly we'll screw up this time. And hoping that we won"t.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  73. Brian in Md.

    After Bush was re-elected in 2004, a London tabloid asked: "How Can 59054087 People Be So DUMB?" Watching how our election process unfolds is finally providing the world with the answer to that question.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Jeff in Connecticut

    For generations the United States has been looked to as a bastion of ethics. Foriegners look upon the ideals our founding fathers put forth as nearly Utopian. The world, much of it first hand has seen the depths of corruption our present administration has sunk to. As the strongest superpower, it is every earthling's concern that the U.S. remain stable and ethical.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  75. Michael M Phx AZ


    I think that the world is waiting for the U.S. to re-emerge from this current debacle of an Administration. I sometime think the world wonders just how in the name of sanity, could this nation have elected such a baffoon to run the most powerful and influential country in the world.....TWICE! I also wonder if the world is wondering why, just why, did our country get off the track of capturing Bin Laden, and which of our candidates now will actually reverse course and go after him. NONE of the current candidates has made any statement regarding gettng the person who started this whole mess.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  76. Amel Atie

    Not only in Russia Germany Middle East but here in Latin America we are fascinated with the 2008 elections. I believe we are more committed to US's elections than ours. Why? besides the fact that these elections are making history and would continue to make history with a female and a color candidates both with strong supporters, we know that the next elected president of the United States Of America would play a key role on USA’s position as a world power falling apart.
    Not to mention how much we desire to get Bush out of the white house!
    Dominican Republic

    February 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Paulette Bent

    The world needs to know what to expect from America's next President. They are curious about what disposition they will have;what type of government they will assemble;and if it's war for the next four years(John McCain) or if negotiations are on the way(Clinton/Obama). They need to prepare their approach to dealing we the United States new leader. Even if the world is not to happy with the U.S.right now - they still have to contend with America being one of the main powers/players in this global civilization.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  78. gary saari

    "It's the economy stupid." Remember it's a global economy, and our economy has been digging ourselves a hole since George W. Bush was elected. The rest of the world is not stupid, and hopefully, our electorate will make the right decision.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  79. Steve from Binghamton

    Ron Paul has answered this before – "the Commander in Chief of the U.S. can change the world within in weeks."

    February 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  80. Beatrice

    Because the rest of the world wants America to develop a "human" face again. This elecction speaks a lot about the American people to the rest of the world. It says we do not want our leaders to act as bullies and police to every nation. We want change, we want peace, and we are tired of war.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  81. Ann

    Look at the views the Europeans have of us, thanks to Mr. Bush. He is supposed to represent the American people. So far he makes us look like war mongers, untrustworthy and foolish. The countries that he catered to will be afraid they will lose everything if someone gets in that closes our wallets, tries to make peace abroad and puts the American people first above all. That will be a switch, but I am hoping there is someone that will step forward and make these promises and stick to them.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  82. John

    Jack, Simply put, the world wants to know if were going to elect someone who will have an administration that isnt built on lies, outed CIA agents, secret prisons, water boarding, crumbling veteran hospitals, tax cuts for the upper crust, failure in iraq, mission accomplished banners, betrayed U.S. attorneys, deleted e-mails, destroyed evidence, warrantless wiretaps, wars based on false pretenses and thousands of innocents killed worldwide all in the name of peace and freedom....

    what the hell were we thinking these past 8 years?

    February 5, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  83. Julia from NJ

    This election will make us or break us. Another conservative in office may very well push our nation into a great abyss from which we may never escape. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Democrat.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  84. Marie

    It's because it have been to long with a terrible president and IT IS time for a change.

    February 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  85. Kristy in MO

    The reality is that we lead the world. When we send our soldiers to war, others countries end up doing the same. Our economies, for better or worse, are closely tied. Other countries have a vested interest in the outcomes of our elections. Plus, sometimes, they are as entertaining as hell!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  86. Jayson from Indiana

    I believe that leaders around the world are interested in knowing the future president, for it will soon be there competition for the top country in the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  87. Denise

    Isn't it clear?

    February 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  88. Nick

    Jack I can some it up in a few words, Race, Sex, Age, and Change.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  89. Paul

    Simple. People just want to get rid of the 'bush'.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  90. silver18

    The next president will take the reins of a country that is reeling. Which way he or she leads us will have worldwide effects. You wonder why the world is interested? Because this election affects them almost as much as it affects us.

    Sterling, Florida

    February 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  91. Pat


    The world is so interested because the major networks, CNN included, cover it so much. There will be more television coverage of this election than all other American presidential elections combined. The world cannot avoid it. If you can't beat them, join them.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  92. Jay

    It's the economy, stupid.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  93. Arlene

    The world is captivated by the '08 race because it is a circus, and everyone loves a circus.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  94. Wdwrkr35

    All the world wants to know who will be elected president because they all have their hands out looking for US Dollars.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  95. Bethel

    Simply put, they're all tired of the bully on the world playground.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  96. John

    Jack we all care so much because we love the USA.

    We are sick of George W Bush and his failed policies. We want change!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  97. Veronica

    It makes sense that the world is every bit as concerned about our 2008 election; it is just as much their issue as it is ours. With the military being used like the world police, it shouldn't surprise us that our reputation is really on the line here. We really owe it not only to ourselves, but to the world as a whole, to make a change here.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  98. dave-vegas


    As the worlds last superpower, as we go so goes the world. I think the world is ready for the US to once again to have a leader worthy of the title.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  99. Jeremy

    To put it quite simply, the US now owns all smaller governments outright. If they do what we like we subsidize them. if we don't like their actions (read: effect on our economy) we bomb them with no regards to established rules of war. So our election is their election in all but name.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  100. Brendan

    Our standing in the world is shaken. The world is looking to us to elect a president that can restore the once great view of America and the American people.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  101. David McFarland

    America, despite its near all-time low standing in world opinion, is still a catalyst for change (positive or negative). The American presidency remains the mechanism for American influence on this planet.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  102. Chuck Barker

    Because Bush is, literally, a world-shattering scourge that everyone's anxious to see gone.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  103. Jason Greely

    It's clear that this election will have major implications on the entire world. The US has always been that big brother to other nations, helping out those in need whatever the task may be. However, since we're so deep into Iraq and our economy is slowing down, we kind of lost that big brother role. Other nations are probably hoping that our next president will change the way this country has acted for the past eight years, and rightly so.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  104. Billie

    One simple reason, everybody wants George Bush out of the picture.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  105. Mike Smith

    The rest of the world has seen the U.S. sink to the lowest common denominators in the past eight years. When Great Britain headlines asked in 2004 "How Can 53 Million Americans be so Dumb?" the rest of the world thought the same thing.

    The world interest in this election is to see if the U.S. is going to continue down this pseudo-conservative slope to the detriment of the rest of the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  106. Martin Arvebro

    Because what America does in the world, affects the world and Obama is really the only candidate who has recognized the growing irritation with US foreign policy over the last seven years.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  107. HA Foster

    The world is looking for our next president to repair the damage that the current administration has caused. It will take years, maybe decades, to get back to where we were under Bill Clinton.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  108. Lucia

    It's simple, really. The world cannot wait until George W. Bush leaves office. He has done more than any other world leader to screw up the world. They eagerly await new leadership from the United States to bring sanity back to our foreign policy.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  109. Jerry Giordano

    The world is especially interested in this year's election in their anticipation of change. They remain more hopeful of a democratic leader, thinking they will be more cooperative than those associated with the stubborn Bush administration. Barack Obama is the best thing that could happen to this world.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  110. Garrison

    The world is more interested in the presidential race because we've increased our interest in the world. We've mucked around so much in other countries' business that the outcomes of our elections have a direct bearing on their own futures. We need to take off our knee-high mucking-around boots and start paying more attention to our own fiscal backyards.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  111. Steve in Canada

    The world is so captivated because people are excited about the idea of the most powerful nation on earth being run by someone who is interested in more than money and oil. The candidates seem legitimately committed to making the changes that need to be made in order to turn both America and the developed world in the right direction with respect to the issues that effect everyone, regardless of nationality.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  112. Daniel

    One reason simply is that we of the United States cannot be isolationists as some would like; our fates are irrevocably intertwined with the other citizens of the planet. The decisions we make as a country reverberate around the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  113. Jandel

    I spent time in Kenya as a student in 2003 when the IRAQ war started. Even then, Kenyans were disappointed in American foreign politics. It definitely has not improved. So not only are WE in America ready for Change. The WORLD is too! WE want more people to be positively affected by America's decisions, something that has not happened in a long time. Actually the reverse has happened.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  114. Roger

    Speaking as a foreigner, who by the way has kept watching primary after primary I must say I feel a great sense of pride of the not only political but social changes going on in America... which is why I must say I support Hillary Clinton, and for those Americans supporting Obama may I ask what's wrong with having experience???

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  115. Gary

    Easy ... the Brits had it right in 2004 with the headline in the Daily Mirror, "How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?"

    The world just wants to see if we've learned anything in the last 4 years !!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  116. Jason (Visalia, CA)

    They want to know if we are actually going to get our act together. In my opinion, putting the intelligent and articulate Obama in front of the world will do more for our reputation than anything Hillary would do as president.

    If Hillary is elected president I'm moving to Canada. I believe she would eat Bill Clinton's heart if it would guarantee her the White House.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  117. Britain M

    Unfortunately we as a people feel a sense of entitlement which justifies our interfering in everyone else's business. They need to know how much interference to expect for the next four years.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  118. Heather

    Why? Because it marks the end of the Bush era.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  119. Jake from Indianapolis

    I think the world is tired of American "Cowboyism", trapsing around the world toting guns and fears. I think the notion that "we are fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here" is absurd. They don't want us there and that is why they come here. The rational world understands this.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Pat Mendias

    The rest of the world along with our country are sick and tired of the arrogant loner mentality of the current White House. They, like Americans, are desperate for a change. Of course they like Hillary and Obama - they represent the most dramatic change from this horrible 7 year debacle. Never in our history have we been so disliked, has the economy been so terrible and our people so disheartened.

    Go Democrats!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Will

    I think everyone else is interested in the U.S presidential race because Bush messed everything up, so they're hoping for a better president

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Rus

    Because you have Primaries interestingly organized. That's why it is interesting. Compare to Russian election of the president, where the debates are shown in 7:00 am and without the main candidate!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Jamie

    Honestly, I think it's because George W. Bush has messed up a lot in the past 8 years, and everyone in the world wants it to be fixed. The reason most are looking at the Democrats is because they are finally offering some much needed change.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Horsefern

    The answer to this one is as obvious as the nose on your face: The world is sick to death of Dubya and wants a president with strong ideas, a half-decent foreign policy and a presentable appearance rather than a lame-duck prez who can't even pronounce the word "nuclear".

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Mitch

    Jack, I think the world is captivated by this year's election because "W" has destroyed our country's reputation through his wars in Irag and Afgahnistan, his constant trampling of our constitution, his zealot ideals towards world peace.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  126. Shayne

    Probably because our current president is a moron.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Chris

    Why wouldn't the rest of the world be so interested when the US is in the rest of the worlds business. I don't support isolationism, but they have every reason to be interested in the US election process when our decisions are affecting everyone. Now if we could use that notion to make the world a better place...

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  128. CJ

    Of course the world is captivated by the results of this election. After the horrific Bush presidency they want change as much as we do! And as for their preference for political party, isn't it interesting that the two countries that support another Republican in the White House are Russia and Iraq?! What does that say for the Republicans?

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  129. Doug Cowing

    With the possibilty of the first African-American or first Woman President the race for president has gotten world notice also none of these canidates is George W. Bush!!!!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  130. Alex

    the world is holding its breath because america will either return to its role as a progressive, humanitarian, benevolent force for good, or we will continue the slide into extreme arrogance and isolation that Bush, Cheney et al have taken us on.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  131. Kim Jones

    Because the World over the last seven years has thought us in shell shock from 911. A lot of world bloggers visit the Obama site with encouragement from around the world.

    Is it any wonder their turning out in droves, to make America Great again and restore the respect and progress with a true uniter.
    Barack Obama.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  132. Daisy

    The rest of the world already had a woman leader at one time or another – so nothing "new" there. I think it's all about the policies that affect the rest of the world, like our trade, dollar value, etc. Or, it could be that they're afraid McCain could potentially start WWIII: "Bomb bomb bomb Iran".

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  133. Jordan

    The world is interested in the 2008 presidential race because like Americans, the world wants change in this country, and the bush adminstration is at fault for it. The reputation of the USA is on the line, and Republicans are NOT the answer for it.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Elise Pittman

    The Bush Presidency has caused so much unnecessary havoc in the modern world; the world holds its breath hoping we will do better.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  135. Ron Brooks

    The World wants to know what the New US Foriegn Policy will look like . . . .

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  136. Julian Miller from Germany

    Bush will not only leave his office having divided America, but also having shaken the world's trust in the United States. The rest of the globe is well aware of the consequences these elections have for the future. The fate of world peace and the environment depends on it.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  137. Paul

    The world is so concerned with this presidential election because after having seen the 7 years of the Bush Administration they understand the power of radical changes in presidential ideology. Having Obama or, to a lesser extent, Clinton in office would represent a radical change in U.S. foreign policy and U.S. trade policy. Both are critical to all parts of the world.

    Bottom line, the world is really look to Americans to not "screw this up".

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  138. Carmen Delgado

    People want change! Plain and simple! We have, perhaps, experienced the worst presidency in history with Bush in office. I can only hope that we have learned our lesson, and that we finally elect someone into office with integrity, diplomacy skills, a sense of equality AND FAIRNESS, and most of all with the capacity to both understand and deal with the issues at hand in a productive and effective way thereby improving our America as well as our relations with foreign countries.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  139. Pa

    I think the whole world is enthusiastic about the presidential race to the White House and they want to see who will win!!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  140. Shyenne

    Why wouldn't they be? America is a strong force in this world and so many nations are affected by the power of the American President and his policies.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  141. Mimi

    Duh, Jack! Because it is the United States that set the policies that effect the whole world. Bush didn't just screw up the U.S. he screwed up well, pretty much the world. The whole world is looking for someone who is going to set a new tone, repair our friendships/relationships with our allies, and participate in world events instead of dicate.


    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  142. Mr. D from Florida

    The world is interested in our election because we consistently interfere in their business. The current administration has given the world no reason to believe that the President of the United States isn't going to affect them as much as he, or she, will affect us.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  143. Alex from Pensacola

    The world is interested in the US presidential race because they want Bush out of the White House so everything will be fine again. They see Bush as a dumb redneck who can't tie his own shoelaces. And it is no surprise Europeans want Hillary in the White House because everybody over there loves Bill as if he were a god. Thank goodness they can't vote for our President over there.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  144. Bilal

    There is so much world interest in the US elections because the US government has so much interest in the world. In some cases this election is bigger for international countries well being than the US itself

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  145. Matthew

    Because the person who gets elected will affect greatly whether we will be going on a rampage in the middle east or if we will be spending billions on a nationalized health care system or if we will go into a new great depression. The world knows that whoever ends up winning will shape the rest of the world in many ways.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  146. John Montague

    Clearly the world is concerned about the U.S. economy as that impacts them directly above all else and fears the potential of liberal economic policy.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  147. Brian

    There as captivated as me Jack. There is so much at stake in this next election and possible histroy being made on the democratic side;however, with the Bush legacy put into perspective there is no wonder why the world is so interested. With the oil men out of Washington maybe the world will want to be freinds again.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  148. jack underhill

    Re: why such world interest in the election?

    They want to live. They want to look up to us and not down our gun barrels.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  149. Gus from Carbondale IL

    Think back the 40's when we saved the world from pure evil then rebuilt a devastated Europe. But now are image is falling apart, and its important to understand how important it is that we can get along with people overseas. The world wants to love America, deep down they know we stand for principles like liberty and freedom. They want to see us prosper, but the people who have been in charge of our country have routinely stabbed our brothers and sisters around the world in the back.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  150. Jon in Vegas

    The world hopes that we elect a weak leader so they can continue to walk all over us. 16 years of Clinton/Bush was enough!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  151. Cale Forty(D)

    America is falling in many ways. This election is showing hope. Hope that the worlds economy will rise to the greatest it's been, lines between allies and enemies will whither, and that we will not head backwards, not stay stagnate, but head forwards in a way that history has never seen. Or we will fall turther into the quicksand we seem to have tripped into. Either way, history is about to be made.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  152. Melissa

    Canadians want someone we can work with to build a better North America...not some moron that is more interested in getting our young children killed in unnecessary wars and sending ALL of us into a recession.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  153. Nick Duffer

    I think that the world is looking closer at this election is because that our economy could be a factor toward the strength of other's economies.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  154. Jerry

    The Bush Doctrine has really changed the face of the US to the rest of the world, whether that face is good or bad. People in other countries recognize this and realize what a difference the president of the United States can really make. As you pointed out, Putin has stock in the winner not being John McCain because of what the senator has said regarding Russia in the past. Leaders in countries all over the world will look at the Bush presidency, and weigh each presidential candidate against it to determine which would be the most beneficial to their own country.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  155. Michael

    You hit the nail on the head. The reason there is so much interest is due to the current occupant of the White House. The rest of the world is as ready we are to see "W" sent back to his Green Acre ranch in Texas.

    Michael in Nashville

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  156. Cecilia

    It is very obvious why the world cares so much about the US Presidential Election, and that reason is: both US home and foreign policy affect the rest of the world.

    It's that simple.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  157. Erik

    It is because we are the greatest and most enterprising country in the world. Other countries will be influenced economically and politically by this election. So it makes sense that they should take interest. I think we should listen to others in the world as well – because they will be effected. Maybe we should even offer them the statehood, then they really could be heard.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  158. Rafael Dezordi

    I think people all over the world are interested because, just like the Americans, everybody wants change. Besides that, some are inspired by the candidates. I'm inspired by Obama and I hope he wins, especially because of his foreign policies stance. The USA is no longer the only superpower but still has major influence in everything that happens worldwide. Therefore, the interest.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  159. David Sanocki

    The world cares about who the next president is because the current president had the great idea of ruining our relations with the world. I think that the world is ready to accept us again just as soon as the current president is kicked out on January 20th.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  160. JOSH IN VA


    the world is so concerned with this election because the next president is more likely to expect accountability out of all the governments around the world collecting free american money to play nice. Its time american money is circulated among americans. No more freebees!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  161. Tom Jackson

    Hello, I am a Canadian. I believe United States government has a much more authority over our community than even our government does, and for what I believe most other countrys do too. Russia still has the nuclear power to give harm to America and Canada and McCain has a huge hate for Vladmir Putin, and for what It seems he isnt a bad guy. We need Obama or Hillary, not someone who is going to be angry with other superpowers, that would make McCain a really bad Idea and he will probably drive America into a deeper hole.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  162. Verge Manuel

    Being Canadian, most American's would probably ask why would I care about the next US President?

    The truth is I do care and so do many other global citizens. We are hoping you will send a clear message that you do not stand by your President's foreign policy and that his actions are not reflective of the majority.

    GWB has eroded America's global reputation in promoting freedom, justice, human rights and goodwill. In the process, America lost the world's trust and respect.

    I urge all American's to register to vote, have your voice heard... the world is watching, waiting, hoping, praying..... send us a message that you not only want better, but demand better!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Carl

    The world is captivated by this election because most likely for the first time, in US history, there will not be a white male as our president. But most of all the world is captivated by this election because the Bush administration has left this country's and the world's economy in ruins.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  164. Jonathan

    The world is scared of what four (or eight) more years of a conservative will do to the world. They saw Bush's complete disregard of politics and opinion beyond our shores and they're hoping the American people won't be folish enough to make the same mistake a third time. I can only hope we learned a thing or two from the past eight years.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  165. judit

    Because we are still the largest economy with the most powerful military in the world and are exerting pressure on a lot of countries around the world to support us in ways that they are unconfortable with. They hope for a more worldly and balanced "leader of the free world" as the next president.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  166. Wiliiam Zamith

    I believe the rest of the world hopes for a friendlier america and it's easier to believe that a democrat would be more suited for that role.
    Most of all the hole world wants change, not only America. For many reasons my thoughts go from Portugal to Obama.


    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  167. Tony Merante


    You said it yourself: it is the biggest story in the world right now because of this long seven-year nightmare and isolationism. The rest of the world is waiting for the U.S.
    to again take the lead in the world and act as the lone superpower is expected, to set the example for others, instead of the neighborhood bully.

    Tony Merante

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  168. Alex

    Jack, –

    Great question! I'll give you 2 answers out of thousands possible:
    1. Everybody in the World is very tired of Bush's policy and Iraq's war.
    2. As Candy Crowley said once, everybody learned one big word – and that's the CHANGE.

    South Dakota.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  169. Reg

    The world is watching for a Democrat to win. Because of your two party system, the electoral politics are relatively easy to grasp and the ideologies narrow to define. The world is not interested in a Republican even if Jesus, Allah or Buddha were on the ticket. They are pulling for the Democrat who has the best chance.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  170. Eric of Iowa

    I think that the reason why so many people around the world are captivated by these elections is the same reason why so many more people are coming out to vote. Everyone is sick and tired of the many lies and mistakes created by the Bush administration and want something different. I'm 18 and NEVER expected to be this much involved in politics as I am now. I know whats been going on the past years and I want something new. People around the world are watching as well to get a sense of where this country is going to go. They know that they have to work with the U.S. and haven't gotten much at all the past years with the Bush administration in charge, so they are watching to see who they will be able to actually work with. Everyone needs there to be a leader they can work with and agree on, which is not what we have been getting while Bush has been in office.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  171. steeven from germany

    I think the world is captivated by the '08 race because whoever wins is going to change the world either way.
    The U.S. have such an influence on the whole world, so that everybody cares about who is going to be the next president of the U.S. after George W. Bush.
    I'm really looking forward to see the U.S. change their negative image in the world.
    Thumbs up for Barack Obama!!!

    Greetings from Germany

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  172. Carlos

    They want to know who they will be working together with in order to counter some of China's influence in the developing world. Although Europe is now "united" they still do not have the world wide appeal that the American dream and American freedom has. The current administration seriously damaged that and the world needs it to be restored.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  173. Garth

    The worlds economy depends on the success of the US. Are image is at stake.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  174. gabriel

    As I canadian I feel my attention drawn to this election because I've seen how George Bush has not only crippled the states but ruined relations with Canada in so many ways and has just poked the several bears around the world. I for one would think Obama would make a very impressive president and my hopes go to his campaign.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  175. Pat

    Why so much interest? Because the Bush administration has spent the last 7 years sticking their heads in international business.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  176. Bryce K. Dixon

    It is good that the rest of the world is watching, however it may turn out to be the last such occurrence.

    As the rest of the world grows stronger, China, India, Russia, Africa and the EU

    That why its so important we choose the correctly, in order to restore our place at the head of the table.

    Clinton is my donkey in this race

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  177. Terrance

    The world has always been captivated by US politics. However, this year people are more interested as they want to see how the US will react to 7 years of the current administrations foreign policy. On a side note I find it very amusing that my friends living overseas can rattle off more about the US candidates and their platforms than the average American. I find that to be rather sad.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  178. Mike MN

    The rest of the world is just like most Americans, they want change. George Bush’s lack of willingness to work with anyone is driving the worlds opinion.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  179. Daniel B

    The rest of the world is interested in this political race, because the results will affect the entire world, not just the United States. The Iraqi's want to know if they are going to be abandoned completely by the United States which will happen if a democrat wins. Russia apparently doesn't want McCain to win, my guess would be because they know he is a loose cannon and will probably start countless wars and put the world at risk. Mexico needs to know if they will still be able to cross the border illegally which will happen if anyone except Romney is president. Oh, and Mormons around the world need to know if they will be accepted by the President of the United States which will happen if anyone wins except for Huckabee. And just the fact that there is such diversity in this race causes people to naturally take interest.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  180. Joe

    Hey Jack, I think the world interest in the current race is twofold: on one side, those sympathetic to the U.S. know that our current global standing will be heavily affected by our next leader, for good or bad. On the other hand, those who would stand against America no doubt feel that our perception of strength in the world is also tied to our next President. For both reasons, the attention of the outside world is fixed on the turnout of this election.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  181. Philipp from Germany

    Hi, in my european opinion, the people arount the world are so interested in this years presidential race because they want a change in the USA. The most europeans are against the politic of Mr.Bush and they are against the War politic. No one wants a third World War, so we need a change in the biggest military Nation on the World.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  182. Nick (Washington St)

    Remember what President Bush said, "Either you are with us or against us" well last time I checked that doesn't seem very friendly. Our European friends would probably rather have a president that is willing to work together than "us vs. them" attitude. As for Iraq, well, they don't want to lose all the money we keep pumping into their country. Last time I checked, you will attract more bees with honey than with vinegar.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  183. Anne

    2 reasons:
    1) The rest of the world is tired of Bush's White House and his absurd foreign policies.
    2) This presidential race is too entertaining to miss.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  184. James Martin

    The rest of the world knows it's not the fault of the American people that we've become the laughing stock of the world and that we're not evil people but that or government is. They know it all boils down to one man, Bush. Just as much as Americans want change, the world wants us to restore sanity to our government and restore our credibility in the world.
    Obama can/will restore that sanity and credibility.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  185. Phil Farley

    Jack, the U.S. is one of the largest influences in global societies. Our actions in this country have repercussions that echo all over the world, so it is only natural that other countries would be watching carefully how the election pans out.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  186. Tim Ossowski

    I believe the world pays attention to the U.S. because they have to. We put our fingers in places all over the world, wanted or not. What we do may affect people in the farthest reaches of the planet and not always for the good. Hopefully, the candidates running for president will realize this more than the current administration and do a little more work at home and less for the rest of the world. We have people who need help here as much as Saudi Arabia does.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  187. Peter, Norway

    We are so captivated by this election because the U.S. is the "mother of democrasy" You helped win WW2 and rebuild Europe, and have been the strongest ally of Western Europe. President Bush however has been so arrogant, and we does not like him, and his extreme arroganse. He has done more harm to the reputation of the US, than the Clinton scandals. At least he was a president who was able to make people overseas wanting to follow your leadership. I hope the next Clinton will be the same.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  188. Adam

    America is supposed to be a leader in the world and we have not been living up to that expectation for the last eight years and won’t be if McCain is ever elected.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  189. Rickmanista

    I think the world is captivated about the election because Bush has made the US a hellhole. The economy is down the toilet, and he is still sending money to the way in Iraq, Bush doesn't care about healthcare and has turned down many good things because his love for this war. Bush is probably the worst president to have ever been in office, and I am surprised he hasn't been impeached. If we could have the election early, I'm sure many of us would be voting for a much better president.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  190. Jose Guerrero

    I believe the interest around the world comes because the current administration has caused a lot of worries in the world economy. The world in Iraq has effectively worsen the middle east conflict, while the blind support for Israel only adds to the problem. Everybody wants peace and I believe everybody is seeing the republican party very negatively and are hoping for a democratic nominee. I personally believe that none of the top candidates has the qualities that the world can admire other than Ron Paul. Everybody wants the US to stay out of their business and the current Bush administration has done quite the opposite.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  191. Judy T.

    Because the world wants to see if we are brave enough to elect a female president like other parts of the world have. It is certainly time! Look at Lady Thatcher! There is also Germany led by a female, and of course there are others. Why not us?

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  192. Jeff Horwat

    The world is so interested in the election because the U.S. is so influential in the world. As we've seen poor American leadership heavily effects the world. The rest of the world will be impacted by this election and they're aware of it. They want the best for us, which will be the best for them. Perhaps one could say a happy america is a happy world. The true question is can the world forgive us for 8 years of Bush?

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  193. Colet

    With America's projection to the world as a beacon of democracy, the world is watching to see how deep we really believe in equity. If Obama loses it can't be because he is not qualified. Does race have anything to do with it, the world is watching

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  194. Trent

    China owns massive amounts of our debt, Iraq doesn't want to stand up for itself, and the European Union probably wouldn't mind becoming the worlds next superpower if our debt finally does us in. Of course the world is interested in who the next leader of this country will be.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  195. Jon from Levittown, PA


    It's because the entire world is so sick of George W. Bush as we are. His Presidency is and always will be a joke and in 8 years this administration has made no significant steps to even ATTEMPT to fix the ever growing problems in the country. I think the world wants America to go back to the great place it used to be before George W. took office and brought this country to it's knees.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  196. Mizzim in St. Louis

    Well Jack, what we do, our policies, economy, our debt, our oil dependency, and our attacks on other countries, attects the rest of the world. And did anyone really like Bush? They're probably all glad to see him go. The world knows that Clinton cleaned up after the first Bush and they have faith in Hillary in clean up after this Bush. I'm glad most of them were in favor of Hillary. She got my vote this morning.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  197. Gabriel (Spain)

    Here in Spain, although former President Aznar supported the war in Irak, more than 90% of spaniards oposed it. We are looking foreward to a change in the White House, and in US politics. We feel that this presidential race is really interesting because both Obama and Clinton would make history in US politics, but the "Obama effect" is making not only americans feel change, but also people in Spain, cause politics are dirty everywhere, and Obama may be the one to strart the cleening up.

    Go Obama!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  198. Bob Bolmer

    The world is tired of cowboy politics and a president who is reminiscent of the rough rider days of forcing US opinion on the world. Other countries want to feel that their opinions are valid and not to be talked down to by a man who obviously failed geography and history.

    The world like the US is tired of republicans and and a president who refuses to listen to the people of the US and of world leaders. We need a person of intelligence , integrity, and courage in the Whitehouse. This has not been the case for seven years now.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  199. Laura

    I believe there is so much world interest in the election because the current world leaders are aware that the American people want change and have been waiting patiently for George w bush to be out of office. The world wants to see a united states that has foreign policy which is rational and educated. In my recent trip to costa rica the citizens were very clear that it was the u.s. government leaders who were the problem and not the American people.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  200. Brandon H.

    There has been overwhelming Anti-American sentiment all over the world. Being the world's only superpower brings us a lot of heat. The Bush Administration also didn't help. We can't even follow Kyoto, a relatively easy thing to do. We have taken much advantage of the world, environmentally, militarily, and materially. The world is probably wondering something like: Who will we try to take over next?

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  201. William Lewallen

    it is rather simple, being a 16 year old that has lived my whole life out side the united states one sees how the united states relations with the world inpact and effect every one after all dont we call our selves the leaders of the world and police? then it should be time we start to act like it.and through this election we can.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  202. Muck

    That's because the world wants us to "change." They want to like us. They want us to be the America of old. The "Good Guys."

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  203. Ethel

    The world is hopeful for America. They hope that we voters have started thinking again versus following a pawn for large corporations. I was in Bangkok Thailand when George Bush took office. The Thais were appauled that Americans would trust such a man with the top leadership position in America. The interantional community desperately needs to trust America again, they hope they can trust American voters.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  204. Tony

    Granted, the U.S. has recieved more interest for over the last century, from other countries concerning our elections, but a lot of people all over the world are interested in politics outside of their country. We just are so polically isolated to care. I bet most American's couldn't name more than 3 other countries polical leaders.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  205. Tom from Boston

    Are you kidding me, Jack? All you have to do is get your butt outside of America and you will hear an earful about what they really think about us. Bush's foreign policy in his first term was disgraceful. The failure of the U.S. voters to oust him in his re-election bid made us look ridiculous in the world's eye. Wake up. We need a dramatic change – and Obama is just that. Get with the program!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  206. Mark Stephenson

    As a young voter living in Canada, I feel the US Elections have huge precedent upon global politics. With the completion of President Bush's presidential term, worldwide opinions of the United States have been low. This is a chance for your nation to change this view and gain support from nations abroad, and this is the primary reason for so much interest outside the United States. Everyone wants change, and this is well represented with the attention this race has seen on a global scale.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  207. BJ

    Today, the US is regarded as a world leader gone astray. For most of his two terms, President Bush has shown scant regard for the UN, and has exhibited a unilateralist "my way or the highway" approach to foreign policy.

    America needs a President to not only unify the country, but the world!! I hope and pray we get one!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  208. Roger from Miami

    Even though we've done little to make friends around the world lately, other nations need us, and want to work with us. Personally, I believe Senator Obama is best suited to help us earn their trust again, but whoever is president had better understand we can't keep treating the world like our political and economic playground.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  209. Bill

    In my opinion Jack:

    As for our Enemys, they are hoping we will elect someone who will finish the job that Bush started, Destroying the American democracy!

    As for our friends, they are hoping we will elect someone who will Undo as much of the damage, done by bush and our bought and paid for congress!!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  210. Phil

    They are fairly certain that we will do better this time. Who couldn't. Bush & Cheney have portrayed Americans as nasty, arrogant,selfish people. We are not. Sen. Clinton, Sen. Obama & Sen. McCann would & will make an outstanding President & "World" Leader.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  211. dolores gontarz

    I think the rest of the world ,like the majority of America would like to sleep peacefully at night again. Not worrying about a loose cannon in the white house with am enormous stockpile of weapons and an itchy trigger finger

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  212. Oak Duke

    That's an easy question – people around the world are keeping tabs on our election because the course of this primary season will affect everyone' life around the globe – in business, politics, and culture.

    What I don't understand, and never been able to comprehend is why there is so much apathy and lack of understanding of the issues in this country, especially by those of us who will be affected the most!

    Maybe, despite all the whining and bellyaching, our fellow citizens think they have it pretty good.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  213. Alicia Marie

    Well the answer is actually quite simple...THE WORLD (along with many other Americans) HATES BUSH!!!!!!! Very strong words but it is true. The world wants Bush out of office, they view our last couple elections as a "huge" mistake globally...and they want to be sure we don't continue on the same pattern.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  214. Jason in Minnesota

    The rest of the world is captivated by this election for a couple of reasons, depending on which kind of country they are. The more well behaved nations are looking for a President more likely to give them monetary handouts. And the rest are looking for a President who is unlikely to substantially oppose them as they seek authoritarian power, abuse their citizens, fund terrorist schools and seek weapons of mass destruction. Is it any wonder that the Democrats are favored across the globe?

    -Jason in Minnesota

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  215. Bob in GA

    Because most of the world realizes how crucial this election for all of them as well as Americans. They want to know whether we will continue to be the America they have come to count on to "walk the high road of life", ie. stand up for the right things of human existence such as stand up to terrorism, dictators, continue to be the most giving nation in the world, continue to walk the talk of respect for the rule of law.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  216. Jim Morton

    After 7 plus years of Bush is it any wonder the world wonders who will be the next president. We can only hope for "CHANGE".

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  217. Pete Denzer

    That the rest of the world is still interested in our election results is very good news. It suggests that Bush has not totally wasted our influence on the rest of the world - but wait, there's still time, he's still got the rest of the year!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  218. Ern in Tulock,ca.

    Because they are all wondering what kind of Idiot we will pick this time. Not one of the canidates are worthy of the average American. After all they will have to deal with this looser.
    Ern In Turlock

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  219. Christine

    Because the rest of the world is puzzled by how Americans could have voted the same leader twice, fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  220. Jerry Onofre from CA

    The world wants Obama as our next US President because they feel he will influence the global economy.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  221. Dewey Callahan

    Because your Country has nowhere to go but UP!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  222. Paul

    I think the main reason that this years US election has gripped so many people here in the United Kingdom is because of the interest in both Clinton and Obama.

    We seem to be looking for someone to bring America back to a place of trust and understanding, which Bush removed, in part due to his decisions on Iraq and other international judgments.

    Likewise, I think the true reason for the increased interest, certainly from myself, is Mr Obama who seems like a genuine, forthright and caring president in waiting. Many have called him the "black JFK" and whilst I wouldnt go that far just yet (he needs to demonstrate his leadership first), he is certainly a captivating speaker and someone I believe in. His hope, dreams and genuine enthusiasm for both the people of the USA and beyond is something that has not been seen for some time in a US statesman.

    As for Hilary, she also has a lot to offer and in answer to the original question, it is perhaps the historical nature of either her or Obama becoming a "first" for the USA which has so many people, internationally speaking, interested in this.

    I certainly dont remember staying up all night watching CNN for Super Tuesday before!

    Go Barack! (From the UK).

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  223. Ahu

    The World has a big stake in this election. And it is not only about Iraq and Afghanistan. It is about the role the US will play in this decade, economically and morally. It is about "a new human contract, a new covenant" on issues like religion and poverty. The world needs a US President who will raise the bar for countries like Saudi Arabia who can make money out of oil and get away with it, but shy away from giving equal rights to women.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  224. Savannah Johnson Dyersburg TN

    The world is so interested in this election because Clinton and Obama will be making history if elected into office. Also, Bush has not exactly impressed the rest of the World. We need change, and that is what the world is anticipating.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  225. Jenn Morrill

    You of course failed to mention Ron Paul. Ron Paul has meet up groups all over the WORLD!! They, too, are concerned for America's freedoms, because they know that once America (the greatest, most free country in the world) loses their freedoms, their countries will follow suit. Sadly, people in other countries are more concerned for our freedoms than many of us are!

    Jenn, Utah

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  226. Stuart Brinkley

    This is a simple one. Love him or hate him, President Bush Jr. has been one of the most divisive and controversial figures not only in American history but in world history. I think the world, like America has Bush fatigue. Well, I mean you saw the State of the Union, I think even Bush has developed Bush fatigue. So, I think the rest of the world like most Americans is ready for something completely different and they can't wait.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  227. Levi

    It's simple. America has her fingers in every single pie, and what we do directly affects every single nation on the planet. They know that the next President will do things in an entirely different manner than President Bush, and will set America's foreign policy. As the foremost economic and military power on the planet, we can do most anything we want...Bush has proven that quite succinctly. And the world wants to know what to expect from us for 4 to 8 years.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  228. Jason in Colorado

    The United States isn't just your ordinary country. Everything we do has a global impact. Quite frankly, I think the international community is sick of the current administration and all the "work" it has done around the globe. You hear so much about people wanting change in their government, well it's not just us who want that change, everyone else wants it too.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Willie Gene Wynn

    As a result of globalization the rest of the world has just as much to lose with another bum in the office as the United States does. This country has lots of problems that have been ignored for over 20 years which must finally be addressed. The world knows it and our losses impact them as much as it does us (witness the credit mess). They have skin in this election too.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  230. leanne

    DUH!! We're all interested because GWB is dumb as a post and has all but ruined the reputation of your country – we can only hope that the USA will do better this time. You were once the shining light that the world looked to and we are cheering you on to a comeback.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  231. SG

    The world realizes that this election not only means a lot to the United States but to the world, in regards to the economy of other countries and the presence of our military in other countries. Simple diplomacy has been lost the last 7 years and the idea of a United States of America that would help the world rather then try and run it is a great reason to follow this election.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Jerry Butkevich (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

    On November 4, 2004 London's Daily Mirror posted a full front page photo of George W Bush with the headline "How can 59,054,097 people be so dumb?" After almost four more years, the rest of the world wants to see if we still are.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Isobel

    The rest of the world has been fairly gracious to us during Bush's presidency. I think they are anxious for America to return to it's pre-Bush reputation for being the beacon of hope....they are hoping Bush was just afluke....let's hope the electorate affirms their hopes by refusing to allow incompetence in our Nation's highest office.....and maybe, just maybe the next president will be offered the raincheck on the World's Post 9-11 sympathies which George Bush so arrogantly squandered!!

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Philip Lee

    The world is captivated by this election because it will decide whether the US falls off its mighty platform or reinvents itself to the world.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  235. DC from Michigan


    That's easy president Bush screwed everything up and burned a lot of bridges along the way, not only will the next president have to rebuild those bridges, but have a lot of explaining to do when he or she gets on the other side.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  236. Raoul Duke

    Because it's nice to know the name of the person with their thumb in your eye.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  237. Ranya

    I'm from Bahrain going to school in Iowa, and I know simply by being a student in college and being from the Middle East, the President of the United States affects me. My country's security, my region's security and my education are all affected by the next President of the United States. This is after all, an interdependent world, and the next President affects us all. I might not be able to vote, but that's why I volunteered for the candidate I think will benefit the US and the world the most... Barack Obama.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  238. Dustin

    I think it's because we are the only real superpower left in this world. Though the rest of the world may not like to admit it, the decisions we make here have a greater impact on global events than those of any other country. We have so much stock invested in the rest of the world and they likewise have a great deal invested in us both economically and politically that they can't not pay attention. Sorry for the double negative.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  239. Louise

    Hi Jack,

    This US election is HUGE news abroad. I am from Ireland and there is massive interest here. Our news organisations are all broadcasting from the US for Super Tuesday. The excitement of the US election cycle is unsurpassed elsewhere in the world and I think that this is some of the reason that it gets such attention. I have stayed up to watch all the debates and the Primaries and Caucuses so far until 4,5,6 in the morning...It's hard to show such enthusiasm for European politics. Here in Ireland there is little difference between our two main political parties...to have such differences between Democrats and Republicans is refreshing...a real choice.

    The American President and the decisions that she/he makes will have a big impact on those around the world...particularly on the European economy...so we are watching with bated breath!

    (Go Hillary...!)

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  240. Chris

    As a young Canadian from Toronto, I believe the world media has been dominated over the past 8 years by an American president with a negative image. It appears that with the state of America, it is certainly in need with an image change globally. I believe that the two democratic candidates, especially, Obama, has that Media friendly image that strikes home the belief that America will change following the November general election. I believe that the Iraq war did not bode well with those around the world, and that negative feeling strikes home with all the republican candidates globally, as they all have committed to continuing a war that is not accepted by many of the countries around the world. This election does give many worldwide that America will change in the coming years.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  241. Jorge Suarez-Velez

    Because we were all ready to rallye behind the United States after September 11, which was far from being only an attack on America, but also an assault on Western civilization and on our values. The Bush administration decided to embrace an isolationist foreign policy that left the rest of us out of this debate. We now see the possibility that with new leadership, the United States will again build bridges towards the many friends that it does have around the world. To have a woman, an African American and a "senior citizen" contending for the presidency, speaks very highly of American democracy, and makes us all very hopeful.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  242. will

    Because not just the United States has suffered from George Bush's bungling the economy, the war, attacking the environment and being generally unresponsive to reality as most people know it. They don't really care if a tax and spend on the rich Republican or a tax and spend on the people Democrat is elected. They want a sane and reality-based foreign and economic policy.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  243. Derek

    The United States is more than a Superpower, it is a role model- at least it was in the past. The role of President is one that wields so much power and influence in the World Community. So many of the policies created here in America can affect various countries from around the world.

    A President that can bring the nations of the world together would go down in history and the tension that is being created would disappear. However, the power of Presidency in the 'wrong' hands could prove almost catastrophic. And I'm glad that the rest of the world is aware of this and is advocating the candidates that will lead to positive foreign relations.

    February 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm |