Indian-Americans Engage in Direct Dialogue with Presidential Campaigns for the 2016 Election
Washington, DC: The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the first organization of its kind to host interactive sessions with Democratic and Republican Presidential campaigns to discuss issues important to the Indian-American community. The latest was a videoconference broadcast on YouTube with the Presidential Campaign of Carly Fiorina, which was represented by its Deputy Campaign Manager, and was done as a part of USINPAC’s Presidential Dialogue Series on December 28, 2015.
A link to the hour long session is below, and it focused on a range of issues important to the Indian American community such as US-India Relations, Pakistan, Terrorism, Immigration, and other international and domestic issues. Some key excerpts from Carly Fiorina’s campaign are below:
1. US-India Relations. “[Carly] is a big fan of India, both as a political powerhouse in the region [and] also as an opportunity.” In addition, earlier this year Carly spent a week in India talking about foreign policy and economic issues.
2. US Aid to Pakistan and Other Countries: “We have…an opportunity for the private sector…to provide actual assistance on the ground that [the US] claims to be providing foreign aid for”, and Carly suggests “working through those organizations rather than handing money over…which can easily fall in the wrong hands.”
3. Immigration: “[Carly] would drastically change the legal immigration system to make that a simple and a fair system for those trying to enter the country. We don’t need 16 visa programs. That makes no sense and it makes it very difficult for those trying to get in.”
4.Terrorism: “The Taliban in Afghanistan is the strongest it’s been since 2001. That, obviously is a huge problem for the world [and] the region, and it is up to the allies of the U.S., allies of India, to come together, decide what needs to be done, and take action.”
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC, said: “Today’s Presidential Dialogue Series with Carly Fiorina’s campaign was a tremendous success as they focused on numerous issues important to the Indian American community, including foreign policy, terrorism, immigration, the economy and healthcare. With today’s session, USINPAC has continued its tradition of advocating and educating Democratic and Republican Presidential Campaigns about issues that are important to the Indian American community, just as we did for the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections.”
As a part of the Presidential Dialogue Series, USINPAC will also release whitepapers on each Presidential candidate, detailing their record and stances on various issues important to the Indian-American community. USINPAC is also enabling the community to have direct interaction with Republican and Democratic candidates by assisting community members to volunteer with their campaigns.
Link to the Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRWcicp279I
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community. Visit www.usinpac.com for more details.