Presidential Campaign Update

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It is the last week before the election and Asian Pacific American supporters are sensing victory as they work hard to close the small gap between the candidates and bring victory to John McCain.

There is no dearth of activities to participate in as Chinese Americans work to produce early voters in Las Vegas’ Chinatown, Korean Americans phone bank their community from McCain’s National Headquarters, and Asian Americans all come together to rally with Sarah Palin in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. We even received an inquiry from a volunteer hoping to phone Bangladeshi Americans!

Why is John McCain the better candidate for Asian Americans?

Lower Taxes and Entrepreneurship: Redistribution of wealth? That is what our families moved away, and in many cases, escaped from.

Obama wants to raise small business, corporate and your taxes to help fund his $700 billion worth of new programs. In 2002, there were 1.1 million Asian American-owned small businesses. Entrepreneurs should not be taxed into submission.

Immigration Reform: McCain will clear the backlog of individuals who are waiting for their green card number to become available. The Asian American Justice Center estimated in 2006 that there were 1.5 million Asians waiting for family reunification visas.

— Stephen Fong

In just a few days, one of the longest, most vigorously contested presidential elections in history will be over. It’s a story that has unfolded dramatically in print and cyberspace, on screens big and small. Since Asian Americans for Obama was founded in 2006, however, we’ve learned that the real story isn’t found on newsstands or cable TV, but in the personal journeys of everyday Americans whose lives have been transformed by this historic grassroots movement.

It’s the story of the young Cambodian American man who had never done anything political before, but helped create one of the largest volunteer operations in the country. It’s the story of the Indian American grandmother talking to undecided voters who had never seen someone who looked like her. It’s the story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s the story of America and it’s what’s at stake this year.

As Sen. Obama declared recently, “[On Election Day], we can choose hope over fear, unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo.”

Join Asian Americans for Obama to fight for real change on Nov. 4. Visit for information on volunteer opportunities and travel to battleground states. And most importantly, vote!

— Ramey Ko

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