Local Politics

Presidential race attracts global media

Posted November 3, 2008 10:43 p.m. EST
Updated November 3, 2008 11:48 p.m. EST

— Journalists from across the globe converged on Phoenix Monday to cover the U.S. presidential race and Republican candidate John McCain.

“As we say, ‘when this country sneezes, the whole world catches a cold,’” Colombian journalist Vilma Tarazona said.
Tarazona, who works for the largest television network in Colombia, was one of 1,500 journalists in Phoenix.

Chiori Iwaki, of TV Tokyo, said Japan exports a lot of goods to the United States making them dependant on the U.S. economy.

About 60 satellite trucks are parked at the Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where McCain is expected to watch election results Tuesday night and deliver what he hopes will be his victory speech. The resort holds special significance for McCain – he and his wife had their wedding reception there, and he watched Super Tuesday results there.

Unlike the United States, foreign journalists say polls in their countries show definite preferences.

“Columbia prefers John McCain for one reason: he’s in favor of the free trade agreement with Colombia,” Tarazona said.

Tokyo is leaning toward Obama because of his “young” and “nice” appearance, Iwaki said.

“Mr. McCain looks older – looks like old type of politician,” Iwaki said.