Brown: World Needs US to Lead

PM will exhort global leadership to presidential candidates
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 6:36 AM CDT
Gordon Brown with president Bush at Camp David in July last year. The British prime minister plans another visit to the US next month.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – British PM Gordon Brown plans a landmark speech in Boston next month, calling on the US to once again provide inspiration to a world in need of American "values and leadership." The address will be aimed at John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama—not President Bush, the Daily Telegraph reports. Brown will evoke the memory of presidents such as Kennedy, Truman, and Roosevelt, who he believes were vital to global peace and prosperity.

But this time around, challenges facing America and the world include extremism and climate change, he'll stress. The speech defies Labor politicians who want Brown to be more critical. "He feels that this is a time for new US leadership, and time to face up to challenges," said one observer. "Iraq should not be allowed to cloud people's judgment that America can and should be a force for good."