Obama "very interested" in Australia's election progress: ambassador

14:31, July 21, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama is interested in Australia's election campaign and has been keeping tabs on its progress, local media reported on Wednesday.

U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich said he has been briefing his boss as the August 21 poll draws nearer.

"Oh yes he's very interested, and that's part of my job is to keep him informed," Bleich told reporters at a space observatory in Canberra.

"This is that time of year in Australia... where it's exciting and there's a lot of adrenaline and a lot of tension in the air."

Obama has been facing his own electoral test, the U.S. mid-term elections, in November.

According to Australian Associated Press (AAP), while the presidency is not up for grabs, all lower house seats and some Senate spots are. There has been speculation Obama may lose votes in Congress.

Bleich said the U.S. administration was happy with the way the Australian campaign was going.

The United States was confident the relationship with Australia would stay strong regardless of who won the poll, Bleich said.

Source: Xinhua


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