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Clinton

"In every single country, she had a majority of the vote -- or more of those who'd already made up their minds."

Hillary Clinton on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 in a speech by husband Bill Clinton at a Concord, N.H. rally.

Hillary is famous in Europe

Former President Bill Clinton seized on a poll by a Canadian firm, Angus Reid Strategies, showing that more than 40 percent of people in France and Germany, and more than 30 percent in Canada, Britain and Italy support Sen. Hillary Clinton's candidacy for president. He said it "shows you what people around the world think of her."

The former president has his numbers right, but he's overreaching by saying this indicates strong international support.

"I think what that's telling us is that the poll is measuring, in some ways, name identification," said Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who analyzes public opinion. "Hillary is known by virtually everyone in the U.S. and pretty well known abroad."

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, the author of several books on first ladies and the consulting historian for the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio, declared Clinton "the most traveled First Lady in history."

While many of her trips were virtually ignored by the U.S. media, the international press covered them heavily, and she earned kudos abroad for her support of micro loans, women's rights, healthcare, democracy and other issues, Anthony said.

Still, roughly four in 10 of those polled by Angus Reid were undecided about who they'd prefer to inhabit the White House, said Mario Canseco of Angus Reid. "At this early stage of the campaign, the media in Europe is not yet paying attention to the U.S. presidential race," he said.

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Published: Monday, September 10th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Elections

Sources:

Angus Reid Global Monitor World Poll on the 2008 U.S. Election

Interview with Karlyn Bowman, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institutep> E-mail Interview with Mario Canseco, director of global studies, Angus Reid Strategies

Interview with Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author of several books on American first ladies and consulting historian for the National First Ladies Library, Canton, Ohio.

C-Span, Fall Kick-Off Rally on the lawn at the Concord, New Hampshire State House , September 2, 2007

Written by: Lissa August
Researched by: Lissa August
Edited by: Scott Montgomery

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