Presidential Campaign Update

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On October 5, Asian Americans for Obama founder Ramey Ko debated Asian Americans for McCain founder Shandon Phan at the University of Texas at Austin before an audience of over 70 on topics ranging from the economy, healthcare, higher education, foreign policy, immigration to Asian American recognition in the political process.

The event was organized by the Asian American Round Table, Asian Business Students Association, the Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective and the Texas Asian Pan Hellenic Council. The debate, sponsored by Piryx, was moderated by KVUE reporter Elise Hu. Visit for video of the entire debate.

On October 3, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) released the Obama campaign’s “Blueprint for Change,” an updated version of Barack Obama’s original with an emphasis on the Asian American community. We have posted this document in our supporter toolkit under Policy Docs.

Finally, a major new survey of Asian American voters shows that Obama leads by double digits, with 41 percent favoring Obama to 24 percent for McCain. The National Asian American Survey is the first major poll of Asian Americans for the 2008 elections. Read more at!

– Eugenia Beh and Keith Kamisugi

In the midst of the final push for Asian Pacific American votes, a major report has energized APA McCain teams with results showing 34 percent of APA voters are still undecided. This is a great opportunity for McCain-Palin because, in terms of major issues like the economy, taxes, and education, Asian American values are more consistent with the Republican Party.

The Chinese Americans for McCain-Palin Coalition held get-out-the-vote events in Ohio and Colorado to contact Chinese in their neighborhoods. The local McCain Coalition Directors and Republican Party officials also joined, signifying the importance of this community to the campaign.

In Las Vegas, the Nevada Republican Party brought together more than 130 Asian Pacific Americans to bring in the crucial Nevada Filipino and Chinese votes. Former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt rallied the crowd.

In the Florida panhandle, Filipino community leader Annie Sandalo-Cameron lead the charge for APAs at an Okaloosa County Republican Party McCain-Palin rally.

Finally, near the nation’s capitol, McCain national and state staff participated in local events rallying with Young Koreans for McCain in McLean, Va., and holding a forum with Chinese parents in Herndon, Va.

— Stephen Fong

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