In a conversation with the NewsHour’s Steve Goldbloom, senior correspondent Judy Woodruff discussed Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign trip including his stop in Iraq and the ensuing debate over his troop-withdrawal proposal.
“People are focused right now more than anything on the American economy. And, yes they want the war to end, they do have a sense that things are getting better in Iraq….and I hear people saying, ‘well why are we still there? If things are getting better, how much longer are we going to keep 140,000 troops there?’” Woodruff said.
Woodruff also spoke about the week’s presidential campaign photo ops.
“Clearly the pictures from the Obama trip will help him…. but I don’t think you can underestimate the importance of the pictures of John McCain — doing the things that the American public likes their presidential candidates to do., and that is understanding what it’s like to go grocery shopping and how high food prices are. So I don’t think we can entirely dismiss what John McCain did,” she said.
MP3: Listen to the complete conversation (5:12)