Small World After All: Obama-Clinton Battle Stirs Global Debate

"I read somewhere about how Obama would deal with America's enemies and he said something as simple as he would sit and talk to them, get their point of view, debate, discuss. And in some ways people who have been in politics for so long are kind of just playing the game of politics and not stopping to listen, 'can we talk this out?' And maybe that will work, maybe not, but it's a new fresh approach and is an exciting approach and I would definitely vote for him if I was a U.S. citizen," said Tanya Pretap, 30, a mother and teacher.

In Karachi, Pakistan, Asim Butt, 29, an artist, also likes Obama.

"He does represent change and he's young," Butt said.

In Iraq, a third of Iraqis said the U.S. election and change in administration will make things better for Iraq, according to ABC News' latest Iraq poll.

A plurality -- 39 percent -- think it will make no difference and 27 percent think the change in administration will make things worse.

Global Roots

In Indonesia, Obama's roots are a source of pride.

"He's going to be great if he becomes president of the United States because he has half blood of Kenyan and also Indonesian. We like to hear about the good things about Indonesians because what I hear about Indonesians, especially in the United States, is they usually think badly about Indonesians. So maybe if he becomes the president, it will make everything clear about our name," said Jakarta resident Madeline.

In Africa, Obama's roots in Kenya are well-known.

His father was a goat-herder-turned-economist from western Kenya. Though Obama never spent much time in Kenya, many Africans claim him as one of their own.

Yohannes Atoshen, an American taxicab driver in Washington, D.C., originally from the African nation Eritrea, said the recent controversies about Obama's pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, have hurt Obama, but argued the senator has bounced back after New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement.

"They are shifting the superdelegates to Obama," Atoshen said.

The historical aspects of the Democratic candidacies are also being felt in South America.

"It would be brilliant to have a black president. It's fulfilling the dream of Martin Luther," said Cesar de Menezes, a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"We have a huge population of people of African descent in Brazil -- all the way from the north to the south. It's important for us to see the U.S. having a black president."

Intense Canadian Interest

North of the U.S. border, the 2008 election has fascinated Canadians, said Edward Greenspon, editor in chief of The Globe and Mail, a daily newspaper.

"Canadians always have a strong interest in U.S. politics due to our proximity and our large consumption of U.S. media," Greenspon said.

With Canadian troops committed to the NATO mission in Afghanistan until 2011, the country has a deep interest in U.S. foreign and security policy, and also its economic policy. Canada and the United States are each other's No. 1 trading partner.

As in other parts of the world, Canada too seems fascinated by the Democratic contest.

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