Brown breaks neutrality pact in US election and praises Obama
Gordon Brown has gotten into some trouble in the UK for seeming to endorse Barack Obama. In a magazine article, the British prime minister heaped praise on Obama but did not mention McCain. Traditionally, heads of state are not supposed to get involved in other country's elections. Downing Street denies that Brown was endorsing Obama with his comments. In reaction, the McCain campaign has filed a complaint wth the British embassy in washington and launched an attack on Brown on its web site mocking the endorsement.
Gordon Brown broke with political convention yesterday by offering effusive praise for Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, at a time when foreign leaders are meant to maintain a careful neutrality ahead of the US election.
The prime minister claimed Mr Obama and his party were the ones offering Americans the best solutions to their economic woes.
Mr Brown claimed in an article for Parliamentary Monitor, a Westminster publication, "progressive" politicians like him - and counterparts in the US, Australia and New Zealand - had the best answers for the downturn.
"In the electrifying US presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating ideas to help people through more difficult times," he wrote. "To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession."