International interest in the U.S. presidential election is piqued, as anyone who has traveled abroad recently or who has read the foreign press knows.
Even in countries that have their own elections this year, people want to know what's going on in the United States.
This week, that interest focused on Charlottesville, when a crew from Television New Zealand came to our town to examine politics in a swing state that might help determine the outcome of the race between Barack Obama and John McCain.
In this video clip, New York-based correspondent Tim Wilson interviewed Albemarle County Supervisor David Slutzky and former Charlottesville City Councilor Rob Schilling, as well as Cordel Faulk of the UVA Center for Politics:
Of course, this isn't the first time that a foreign TV network has come to Charlottesville to gain insights on American politics.
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