Barack Obama campaign jet into UK to drum up expat support
Barack Obama and his team have flown into Britain in an attempt to drum up support from American expats.
The Democratic push to convince US voters who live in Britain that their ballot counts is intensifying and the Obama campaigners believe these extra votes could have a crucial bearing on the outcome on the US presidential election.
Approximately 250,000 to 300,000 US citizens currently live in the UK and the Democratic party have made it their mission to gain their support using methods from telephone canvassing to on-the-street campaigning.
Today dozens of wealthy expat Americans are set to attend an Obama fundraising lunch at Whitehall, for which they have paid £5,500 a head.
Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson will attend the event, along with former US presidential candidate Al Gore, the River Café chef Ruth Rogers and Joshua Berger, president of Warner Brothers UK.
Ruth Rogers is set to host a more informal affair at her house this evening, where guests have been asked to make ‘suggested contributions’ of £1,350.
Obama’s campaign team are pulling out all the stops with volunteers in towns and cities including Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds, Cambridge and Oxford all delivering leaflets encouraging Americans in Britain to vote.
The prospect of an extremely close call at the 4 November US elections, after just 537 votes in Florida led to George Bush’s victory in 2000, has prompted many American expats to do their bit as well.
One New Yorker living in Britain, Jill Adams, admitted she had never been politically active before but campaigning at Borough Market in London, Adams admitted: ‘I have become so worried that if John McCain and Sarah Palin are elected then we could be facing World War Three. I am terrified of their foreign policy.’