Kamala Harris on Indian American role in US elections
Highlighting the importance of Indian Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders in the upcoming US Presidential elections, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris has said that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including Indian-Americans, could play an important role in key battleground states in the November 3rd presidential election. Harris was nominated as the Democratic Party`s candidate for the US vice-president during the party`s virtual convention on Wednesday, becoming the first-ever American of Indian and African descent to be picked by a major party for the top post. Addressing the virtual Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus meeting, Harris said, "For years, the AAPI community`s voice has not been heard. Its concerns ignored and stories forgotten. But this time it`s different." AAPI community "is the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States" representing 11 million voters across the country "and could be the margin of victory in key battleground states this November.” Describing the presidential election as "the most important election of our lifetime," Harris said that the United States is facing three crises at one time: A public health crisis, an economic crisis, and a crisis that has been there in the making of systemic racism, and that the racism that still exists.