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Borat: Obama Is Nice

As the Post's Reliable Source noted today, Sen. Barack Obama has a fan in Borat, the Kazakh journalist played by Sacha Baron Cohen, who found time to talk politics while promoting his new book. In an interview with Reuters, Borat first noted that he doubted a woman could become president and added: "I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas to be Premier."

Will Borat's endorsement mean a boost for Obama in Kazakhstan?

So far, it seems that only GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani has made a pitch to the Kazakhs--or Americans who happen to be living in Borat territory. Bracewell & Giuliani, the law firm where the former mayor was a partner has offices in Almaty, Kazakhstan and a sizable number of American oil and gas workers live in the country. Giuliani didn't make a campaign trip to Borat's homeland himself but he was scheduled to appear in a videoconference earlier this fall.

Though foreign citizens are not allowed to contribute to presidential campaigns, Americans living abroad certainly can and Giuliani has already made a fundraising jaunt to London.

--Rachel Dry

By Washington Post editors  |  November 8, 2007; 12:53 PM ET
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