Networks follow Obama overseas


Barack Obama leaves for his trip to Europe and the Middle East this month, but he'll be making time for press back home when the Big Three anchors interview him overseas.

The Obama campaign is seeking to shore up its candidate's foreign-policy credentials, one of the places where GOP rival John McCain bests him in most opinion surveys. To get the word out, campaign officials during the past several weeks have been talking to the broadcast networks about the logistics for each of the exclusive interviews, all in foreign locales.

The details remain sketchy for security reasons, though it's confirmed that NBC's Brian Williams, ABC's Charles Gibson and CBS' Katie Couric will have exclusive interviews with Obama while on the trip on separate days. The networks wouldn't discuss specifics because of security issues.

"We're still finalizing plans with the campaign with the kind of access we get given it's such a long way to travel," ABC "World News" executive producer Jonathan Banner said. (partialdiff)