Where in the World is Barack Obama?

-- Israel: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipora Malka "Tzipi" Livni, Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and leader of the Opposition in the Knesset Likud Party Chair Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu -- Palestinian National Authority: Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority and Dr Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

-- Germany: German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and German Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeyer

-- France: French President Nicolas Sarkozy

-- UK: Prime Minister Gordon Brown and David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition

Obama will be accompanied on the trip by his advisers Rice, Gibbs, Dennis Ross, Jim Steinberg, Richard Danzig, Anthony Lake and Greg Craig.

McCain on Obama trip

McCain kept up the criticism on Obama's trip today, telling reporters:

"This trip that he's on would have been vastly different if we had done what Sen. Obama wanted to do, and that is he wanted to withdraw, he opposed the surge, he said the surge wouldn't work and fails to acknowledge that it's working today…[H]e would be going to a different Iraq if we had done what he wanted to do.  There would be chaos, there would be an increase in sectarian violence, there would be widening Iranian influence, and we would be facing disaster, certainly if not disaster, a lost war."

McCain keeps a low profile over the weekend, with fundraisers in New York on Saturday and no public events on Sunday. Next week he is set to barnstorm several key battleground states and focus on the economy and jobs.

The McCain campaign is planning to work with what they have next week, all too aware of how much media attention Obama's trip abroad will get and how difficult it will be for them to compete. The strategy for the presumptive Republican nominee next week will be to focus on local media in battleground states like Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and News Hampshire.

"This election will be won by campaigning in towns like Berlin, New Hampshire – not Berlin, Germany. While Obama is campaigning in Europe, he'll leave behind a vacuum in the battleground media markets," a Republican official told ABC News. "The national press may love the 'Obama in Europe' story, but 'McCain in Ohio' is the bigger headline in Ohio."

But what winds up on the front pages of those local papers – Obama speaking to thousands of Europeans or McCain holding a town hall on the economy? We know what will make for the better photo op…

McCain campaign goes negative on air

This afternoon, the McCain campaign rolled out a new ad focused on national security. It is the campaign's first negative ad of the general election and it calls out Obama for his shifting positions on Iraq policy in order to get elected. The ad will go into the rotation on national cable and air in the following battleground states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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