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Morning Update: Final Election Push

by campaign2008
November 3, 2008

With one day to go before the United States presidential election, Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) made their final push for votes. Both presidential candidates have op-eds in the Wall Street Journal on Monday laying out their policy agendas. Obama repeats his pledge to “end the Iraq war responsibly” while ramping up efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and “restore our moral standing so that America remains the last, best hope of Earth.” McCain writes that U.S. forces have dealth “devastating blows to al-Qaeda, especially in Iraq,” but warned about the unraveling of the situation there in the event of a premature troop withdrawal.

A new CFR.org issue guide provides an outline of CFR’s resources on the foreign policy issues facing the next president. A new Daily Analysis takes a look back a how foreign policy issues have played into the 2008 campaign and questions to what extent they will guide U.S. voters tomorrow.

The New York Times reports the campaign focus for many Republicans has turned to shoring up contested seats in the House of Representatives and Senate. The Economist, meanwhile, takes a country-by-country look at how the world views the U.S. elections.

CIA: Newsweek considers potential changes to the CIA under the next U.S. presidential administration.

GUANTANAMO: The International Herald Tribune reports an increasing number of detainees at the U.S. prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear ready to challenge their detentions in court, and that the issue could prove an immense challenge for the next U.S. president.

ADVISERS: The Christian Science Monitor lists potential foreign policy advisers to an McCain or Obama administration. CFR.org profiles the top foreign policy, national security and economic advisers to the Obama and McCain campaigns. 

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