October 21st, 2008
01:50 PM ET

Why do citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama to McCain?


This billboard in Belgrade, Serbia states, 'Change that we can believe in' posted by a group called 'Europe has no alternative' and depicts an image of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator John McCain says when it comes to foreign policy he's light years ahead of Barack Obama. Over and over again, McCain has insisted Obama lacks the necessary experience to conduct business with foreign countries on behalf of the United States.

So how do you explain this?

Citizens of dozens of foreign countries prefer Barack Obama over John McCain as our next president by a margin of almost 4 to 1, according to a massive poll conducted by the Gallup Organization. About 30 percent of those surveyed prefer Obama, while just 8 percent favor McCain.

Watch: Cafferty: Obama favored abroad?

This was no daily tracking poll either. Gallup polled people in 70 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and North and South America, representing nearly half the world's population, between May and September of this year.

Citizens of the Philippines and Georgia were the only ones who preferred McCain to Obama. Not exactly the super-powers we're looking to mend fences with.

Here’s my question to you: Why do citizens in 70 foreign countries prefer Barack Obama to John McCain by a margin of nearly 4-1?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain
October 21st, 2008
01:48 PM ET

Rep. Murtha’s 'redneck' and 'racist' remarks to hurt Obama in PA?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/21/art.murtha.gi.jpg caption="John Murtha wants citizens to vote on the issues."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Democratic Congressman John Murtha from Pennsylvania is challenging Republican Governor Sarah Palin for who can say the stupidest things on the campaign trail.

You may remember about a week ago Murtha called some of his constituents in western Pennsylvania "racist," and said many would not vote for Barack Obama. He later apologized. Rule of holes: When you're in one, stop digging. Murtha tried to further explain his comments yesterday. Big mistake. He told a Pittsburgh TV station that until five to 10 years ago the entire region was "redneck" and what he really meant was that it's hard for many of those people to change their beliefs. He said only certain segments of the population hold on to racist feelings...And may have a problem voting for a black candidate.

But Murtha said he's telling voters there to vote on the issues...Not to vote on whether a candidate is black or white. There is no indication that anyone has asked Murtha for his advice on anything.

Here’s my question to you: Will Democrat Rep. Murtha calling some people in Pennsylvania “redneck” and “racist” hurt Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Rep. John Murtha