How Much Is Too Much on Obama Trip?
July 18, 2008 10:43 AM
With the Big Three news anchors scheduled to travel overseas with the Obama campaign next week, conservative critics already are raising questions about whether too much star power is being focused on the trip.
A similar trip by Sen. John McCain in March didn't get nearly the same attention, critics note.
But "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric told a TCA audience that the Obama campaign has simply been more savvy.
"I think it was very deft on the part of the Obama campaign," she said, noting the Obama campaign offered the news networks extensive access to the candidate if they went along on the trip. "Had (Sen. McCain) extended such an invitation, we would have strongly considered it."
Beyond tactics, CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus noted that Mr. Obama is making his debut on the international scene.
"Any time (a presumed nominee) makes his first major foreign trip, it's a major event," he said. "If we didn't do it, we wouldn't be doing our job."