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Reaching out to foreign media

Justin Webb | 08:22 UK time, Tuesday, 23 June 2009

This is odd and potentially important because Sanford is one of the real possibles for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, particularly if Obama spending goes haywire.

Mark SanfordI wonder if they have looked at solitary men driving tractors in sweltering South Carolina fields -- when I went to see him a few months ago he revealed that -- Gladstone like -- he enjoyed getting out into the great outdoors and re-arranging it. Perhaps that's what he's been doing. We picked up as well that his wife didn't want him to run so maybe he's been sulking.

Meanwhile on Iran, the President has had trouble getting his message out on the local media so has been turning again to us foreigners to charm and cajole.

The outreach to foreign media (which began with the satellite channel Al Arabiya) is now an established part of the Obama strategy, and as the BBC has pointed out, can reap the reward of face time with folks CNN et al cannot reach.


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